20141005-Foto-ChemMed-EPCA-Viena-300x225Participants at EPCA, the most significant annual meeting of Europe’s chemical industry, learned firsthand about ChemMed Tarragona, the Mediterranean chemical cluster.

Representatives of the AEQT and the Port of Tarragona, led by their respective presidents, presented the region’s chemical industry to the most important stakeholders in the chemical sector at the event in Vienna.

At the weekend, in co-operation with EPCA (the European Petrochemical Association), ChemMed Tarragona organised an event to present Tarragona’s chemical cluster and explain the advantages of investing our region. The roundtable was attended by the editor of HCB, an industry publication, Peter Mackay, who led the event; the president of ChemMed, Jesus Loma-Ossorio; the general director of the Port of Tarragona, Francesc Sánchez; and Repsol’s director of business development and innovation, who also sits on the board of EPCA.

The four attendees debated the role of the cluster in Europe, and agreed that Tarragona was ideally positioned in today’s global chemical landscape to attract investment. A commitment to a cluster with abundant synergies, a desire to help new companies join, and a very highly-trained and aware environment are three of the key aspects which make Tarragona an excellent choice for future investment in the sector.

The event, which brought together some of the most important companies in the industry, marked the first time ChemMed Tarragona has taken part in the EPCA annual meeting. ChemMed representatives will continue to explain the project to executives in the global chemical industry until next Tuesday.



The official opening ceremony for Expoquimica 2014 was held today, on the first afternoon of this year’s fair. The event began at the heart of the pavilion where ChemMed Tarragona ‘Smart Chemistry Smart Future’ was set up, and was attended by top-level authorities such as the president of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas; the Secretary General of Industry and SMEs of the Ministry of Industry and Tourism, Begoña Cristeto; and the president of FEIQUE and Expoquimica itself, Luis Serrano. The leaders were accompanied throughout the ceremony by representatives of the Mediterranean chemical cluster led by its president, Jesús Loma-Ossorio.

After the fair was officially opened, the delegation toured the inside of the ‘Smart Place’, where they saw the latest developments and projects in the country’s chemical industry firsthand, intended to anticipate future solutions in an increasingly demanding and growing society.

ChemMed Tarragona, as a newly created cluster representing 25% of the chemical production in Spain, enjoyed a distinguished position at this year’s Expoquimica, the first in which the AEQT took part with its own stand. The cluster spent these days at the FEIQUE event demonstrating the latest cutting-edge technological advances, discussing the challenges facing the sector, and explaining the industry’s capacity to attract new investment, an area in which ChemMed plays a key role.

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A delegation from Cartagena, Colombia, comprised of representatives of the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce, the company Ecopetrol and the consultancy firm Competitiveness Group visited Tarragona today. In all, ten industry professionals came to the city, where they learned about the Mediterranean chemical cluster project firsthand.

After a morning tour of Respol’s facilities, the delegation moved on to the Port of Tarragona, where the president of ChemMed, Jesús Loma-Ossorio, and the vice-president of the cluster, Josep Andreu, presented the project. Loma-Ossorio highlighted the capacity to work collaboratively demonstrated by Tarragona’s chemical industry over the years, which laid the foundation for the shared services Tarragona has today. The chairman of the AEQT underscored the value of working synergistically, which has enabled ChemMed to build a brand with a very solid foundation. This drew considerable attention from the visitors.

In his speech, the president of the Port of Tarragona, Josep Andreu, stressed several key points of Tarragona’s leading role in the area: the potential of Tarragona’s chemical industry; its logistics services, led by the Port of Tarragona; the area’s knowledge resources; and the cluster’s ideal environment, specifically in relation to business potential and quality of life, for attracting new companies that want to establish a presence in Tarragona.

The Director of Competitiveness for the Cartagena Chamber of Commerce affirmed that the project being developed in Tarragona could be very useful in helping industry in Cartagena to grow. At the same time, several members of the delegation pointed out the importance of working with multinational companies from a wide variety of origins.

In addition to representatives of the Port of Tarragona and AEQT, the event was attended by the presidents of the chambers of commerce of Tarragona, Reus and Valls, as well as the chair of the Tarragona Service Businesses Association (AEST). After the presentation and a boat tour of the port and local industrial facilities, the AEST took over hosting the rest of the Colombian delegation’s visit to Tarragona.

This afternoon a delegation from ChemMed has presented ChemMed Cluster in the annual meeting of ESCPP in Groningen, Holland.

The General Manager of the AEQT, Teresa Pallarès, and the General Manager of the Tarragona Port, Francesc Sánchez, have explained the project to the attendees. In total, there were 15 of the 28 representatives of the associated members.

In the ChemMed presentation, they have explained the current synergies between the Chemical sector, the Port and the other agencies, a coalition that promotes the area to new investors.

The Chemical Site of Tarragona represents 25% of the state chemical production and is one of the most important in the south of Europe. With this organization of the Cluster, the representatives of ChemMed have announced that they will continue working to resolve the necessities of the sector, making it much more attractive to potential investors.

The meeting will continue on Friday and will be inaugured by Ms. Yvonne Van Mastrigt, the Deputy of Economic Affairs in Groningen.



This Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 April) a delegation from ChemMed Tarragona, consisting of the general director of the AEQT, Teresa Pallarès, and the general director of the Port of Tarragona, Francesc Sánchez, will present the Mediterranean Chemical Cluster project in Groningen (the Netherlands). The mission of the visit is to describe the newly formed cluster at the European Chemical Site Promotion Platform, a continent-level meeting of chemical clusters.

The Tarragona delegation will take advantage of the institution’s annual meeting to explain the ChemMed project and the possibilities offered by Tarragona’s chemical hub for future investment.

The presentation of ChemMed will be included in the minutes of the annual meeting on Thursday, 24 April.


The following link provides all pertinent information about the ECSPP member meeting: https://chemicalparks.eu/about/meetings

El próximo 28 de marzo, a las 16h, el Palacio de Congresos de Tarragona será escenario del Acto Oficial de Constitución de ChemMed Tarragona – Clúster Químico del Mediterráneo. Un proyecto impulsado por la Asociación Empresarial Química de Tarragona (AEQT) y Port de Tarragona con el objetivo de proyectar en el ámbito internacional el atractivo y la competitividad del territorio para la industria, la investigación y la logística de la Química.

El acto contará con la presencia del presidente de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Artur Mas; la ministra de Fomento, Ana Pastor; y el alcalde de la ciudad, Josep Fèlix Ballesteros.
El presidente de la AEQT, Jesús Loma-Ossorio; y el presidente de Port de Tarragona, Josep Andreu, firmarán el acta de constitución de ChemMed Tarragona como Clúster Químico del Mediterráneo.

ChemMed Tarragona es un clúster industrial, logístico, académico y científico de la química ubicado en el territorio que aglutina los agentes, empresas, centros de formación e investigación, universidad y administraciones del territorio con la finalidad de atraer y generar nuevas inversiones que favorezcan la industrialización alrededor del clúster, así como consolidar el tejido de las infraestructuras, instalaciones productivas y portuarias, industrias auxiliares, centros de investigación y nivel de formación.

Tarragona es el primer polo químico del Estado español y del Arco Mediterráneo. Produce 20 millones de toneladas de diversos productos, esencialmente combustibles y materias plásticas. Port de Tarragona mueve anualmente 19 millones de toneladas de productos petroquímicos y asegura la importación y exportación de las primeras materias necesarias para los procesos de producción de sector químico, así como los productos que de ello se derivan.

Entidades y organismos adheridos a ChemMed Tarragona
AEST, Asociación de Empresas de Servicios de Tarragona; los sindicatos FITAG-UGT y CCOO, la Universidad Rovira i Virgili (URV), el Centro Tecnológico de la Química (CTQ), el Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ), los centros de formación profesional Comte de Rius, Pere Martell y Vidal i Barraquer; las Cámaras de Comercio de Reus, Tarragona, Tortosa y Valls, en una integración única que abarca los ámbitos de producción, logística, formación, investigación y comercio y que cuenta asimismo con el apoyo de todas las Administraciones: Gobierno de España, Generalitat de Cataluña, Diputación de Tarragona y los Ayuntamientos de: Alcover, Constantí, El Morell, Flix, La Canonja, La Pobla de Mafumet, Perafort, Reus, Salou, Tarragona, Tortosa, Valls y Vila-seca.

En julio de 2010 se firmó el Pacto por el Desarrollo (Pacte pel Desenvolupament), un compromiso abierto a todos los agentes que configuran la realidad del clúster petroquímico de Tarragona y que quiere ir más allá del ámbito estricto de las industrias y conformarse como un compromiso con toda la sociedad. En noviembre de 2011 se subscribió el Memorándum del Año Internacional de la Química, punto de partida del proceso, que se desarrolló con el liderazgo conjunto de la AEQT y Port de Tarragona en febrero de 2012.