Exports of industrial products. By technological content and groups of products

Exports of industrial products. By technological content and groups of products Catalonia. 2017
Value Variation (%)
Exports of industrial products 67,461.2 8.9
High technology level 7,314.9 9.0
pharmaceutical products 5,050.4 4.3
IT, electronic and optical products 2,248.5 21.2
others 16.0 13.4
Middle-high technology level 32,395.0 5.4
chemical products 11,649.0 9.0
material and electronic equipment; machinery and vehicles 19,739.8 3.2
others 1,006.2 10.4
Middle-low technology level 10,206.4 27.9
rubber and plastic material, non metal mineral products and metallurgy 5,454.4 12.5
metal products 1,921.0 3.2
others 2,831.0 122.1
Low technology level 17,544.9 6.1
food products, textiles, leather and shoes, wood and paper 16,030.4 5.6
others 1,514.5 12.2
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the State Tax Agency.
Note: The data for the last year are provisional. Their rates of variation are calculated from the provisional data of the previous year.
Exports of industrial products. By technological content and groups of products Spain. 2017
Value Variation (%)
Exports of industrial products 247,766.2 9.2
High technology level 24,923.4 12.1
pharmaceutical products 10,939.6 2.2
IT, electronic and optical products 6,699.7 10.7
others 7,284.1 33.1
Middle-high technology level 108,376.9 5.0
chemical products 24,982.6 12.9
material and electronic equipment; machinery and vehicles 79,697.9 2.1
others 3,696.4 23.7
Middle-low technology level 52,433.2 17.4
rubber and plastic material, non metal mineral products and metallurgy 30,465.1 9.6
metal products 8,408.3 7.6
others 13,559.7 49.9
Low technology level 62,032.7 9.2
food products, textiles, leather and shoes, wood and paper 57,965.0 9.4
others 4,067.7 5.5
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the State Tax Agency.
Note: The data for the last year are provisional. Their rates of variation are calculated from the provisional data of the previous year.

Date published: March 2, 2018.

Methodological note

The statistics for technological content (R&D) of industrial products in foreign trade is based on the most recent classification drawn up by the Eurostat of industrial sectors by research and development (R&D) effort. These statistics classify flows of exported and imported goods by the importance of their technological content.

The technological content of an industrial sector is identified by calculating R&D spending as a percentage of the sector's production volume. The concept also takes into not only the sector's own technological effort (direct R&D intensity) but also the technology built into its purchases of intermediate goods and equipment (indirect intensity). This new classification makes it possible to compare the statistical information that it is generated nationally with the one generated in Europe.

The result had been an aggregation of the industrial sectors of the Classificació catalana d'activitats econòmiques 2009 (NACE-Rev 2) in four groups according to its technological intensity: high technological level, high medium, medium low and low. These groups are divided by exports or imports to the European Union of the 28 or to the rest of the world. The values corresponding to Catalonia and Spain are generated.

Idescat has revised the series of exports and imports of industrial products since the first quarter of 1994, following the Classification of products by technological content Eurostat.

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