Last week the international meetings of chemistry (EXPOQUIMIA), plastic and rubber (EQUIPLAST) and surface treatment (EUROSURFAS) were held in Barcelona, ​​being, together, one of the most important meetings of the Chemical Sector at scale world

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The event has gathered in the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue the commercial, technical and scientific offer of three fundamental industries for the development of the Spanish economy. This edition has marked the beginning of a new stage whose main objective is to broaden its international horizon over the next ten years to become the future World Chemical Summit, a world-renowned fair event in which science and industry meet.

As a demonstration of the eminently innovative nature of a sector that, according to the main prospective and international consulting institutes, is the manufacturing sector with the highest growth globally until 2030 with an annual growth of 4.5%, the winners of the fourth stand out edition of the Expoquimia I + D + i Awards in its categories of Biotechnology and Chemistry , respectively: A new drug for the treatment of cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia and an innovative antimicrobial biomaterial to prevent infections of dental implants (see more in: # )

With a turnover of close to 56,000 million euros, the Spanish chemical industry currently generates 11% of the Gross Industrial Product, 50,000 indirect and induced direct jobs and is the second largest export sector of the Spanish economy with sales exceeding 30,000 million euros in international markets to which more than 55% of production is already destined.
Regarding the future trend, the chemical industry frames a large part of its projects in the concept called ” Circular Economy “, an economic model based on the eco-efficient design of products to facilitate the separation of components and their subsequent reuse, in order to generate the smallest volume of waste possible.

Support for R & D + i

A sector that carries R + D + i in its DNA counts, as it could not be otherwise, with ample possibilities for the development of projects with the support of national and international agencies and agencies that finance R & D & I , which includes the start-up of large collaboration projects . At the European level, the Horizon 2020 and Eurostars programs stand out , as well as the aid lines offered by CDTI , including the international multilateral programs Eureka and Iberoeka