5 Priority Sectors


The bio-region of Catalonia is one of the most dynamic bio-clusters in Europe’, declares Ernst & Young in its 2011 Catalonia Life Sciences Report.

This bio-cluster brings together 734 companies (46 pharmaceutical, 221 biotech companies, 94 MedTech...), generating a turnover of €14.4 billion and providing direct jobs to 42,000 people. There are also 15 hospitals that conduct research and 41 prominent life sciences research centres (Biocat 2015 report).

The multinational companies Boehringer Ingelheim, Ferrer, Grifols, Lacer, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche... are also located very near the Barcelona Synchrotron Park.


Due to its infrastructures and its location, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park offers more than 72,000 m2 of land specially adapted to house Data Centres:
  • First-level electric infrastructure (high capacity, high reliability, possibility of redundant power supply from cogeneration),
  • Top-quality telecommunications infrastructure (6 operators with own networks and different access points),
  • Clean ambient air and quite fresh and dry climate compatible with free-cooling technologies,
  • Minimal risks (flooding, earthquakes, fires, theft),
  • Minimal energy costs (outsourced cold production plants).

By the way, DCs from IBM (2012), T-Systems (2013) and SILC-Immobles (2012 and 2015) are already operative in the park (total investment: € 217 million).

In addition to these DCs, BSP completed a new 42,000 sq.m. plot specially designed to host DCs and provide companies with district cooling, seven telecommunication networks already installed etc. (flyer here).


By definition, the Alba Synchrotron is a tool for investigating the structure of matter. Furthermore, the UAB campus houses: 
- CNM-IMB, the national microelectronics centre, with the largest white room in Spain,
- ICMAB, one of the most important materials research centres in Spain,
- ICN2, one of the largest Spanish centres in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology,


The Barcelona Synchrotron Park and its surrounding area offer an ideal framework for companies in the aerospace sector:
- Sabadell Airport (5 minutes from the park): 40% of general aviation flights in Spain and Top Spanish flying club 
- SENER, engineering
- APPLUS Laboratories, testing and certifications
- EURECAT, technology centre 
- UAB campus:
            . ICE, Space Sciences Institute 
            . MELiSSA, ESA (European Space Agency) pilot plant 
            . Aeronautics cluster    


Second largest food cluster in Europe, the Catalan food and drink sector has 3,700 companies, 75,000 employees and an annual turnover of €25 billion.
  • Foreign multinationals: Danone, Nestlé, Cargill, United Biscuits, Pepsico, Unilever, Bimbo, Sara Lee Southern Europe…
  • Catalan multinationals: Nutrexpa, Borges, Freixenet, Codorniu, Torres…
  • Two of the most important sector trade fairs in the world: Alimentaria Barcelona and Bta. Barcelona Tecnologías de la Alimentación.
  • 9 pilot plants with over 300 food innovation researchers.
  • At the UAB university:
    • CERPTA, the food technology plant
    • IRTA, the Agri-Food Technology Research Institute