Pimec warns that the weakness of the industry puts the implementation of social policies at risk. The weight of the industry in the Catalan GDP has gone from 27% to 19.8% in 10 years.
The weight of industry in the Catalan economy is going down without a brake. According to data compiled by the Pimec employers’ association released this Wednesday, the secondary sector has gone from accounting for 27% of Catalan GDP in 2001 to 19.8% today.
As a consequence, the employers of small and medium-sized companies warn that the weakness of the industry could put at risk economic stability and the implementation of public social policies in the coming years. To avoid this, the employers consider that urgent reactivation measures are essential.
The president of Pimec, Antoni Cañete , has announced the launch of the campaign ‘ Som Industria’to reactivate initiatives to promote the participation of social agents and launch a new National Pact for Industry until 2025. “If the industry falls, the economy weakens and the future, stability and economic social policies are underway, “said Cañete.
Catalan industry groups some 36,000 companies that employ some 587,000 workers. With a turnover of about 147,000 million euros, its exports reach 66,290 million euros. The progressive loss of weight of the industry in the economy has been accompanied by a progressive loss of jobs (about 241,000 fewer jobs in 10 years).
While the weight of industry in GDP fell by 7.7 percentage points, employment did so by 11.1 points. The restructuring of the automotive sector, as a consequence of the introduction of electric vehicles, threatens powerful adjustments and job losses in the coming years. Some estimates point to the loss of 100,000 jobs in five years.
Pimec’s proposals to reactivate the industry are based on the necessary unity of action between the social agents and the Government. The institutional commitment should focus, according to the employers, on new transforming, transversal and tractor projects and on promoting the creation of industrial start-ups, not just technological ones.
Pimec trusts in the leading role of the Pacte Nacional Per la Indústria, which will be prepared in November, according to the forecasts, and which will define the strategies until 2025. The ‘Som Indústria’ campaign aims to be a meeting point to “sensitize” the social context of “the importance of the industry and the need to promote effective policies to regain its weight in the economy,