Smart Chemistry Smart Future

Smart Chemistry Smart Future returns to Expoquimia 2021
for another great gathering of the Spanish chemical sector.

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Chemistry's essential contribution to society

Smart Chemistry Smart Future is a unique event focused on the contributions of the Chemical Industry on society and which incorporates a full schedule of activities. This includes a totally exclusive exhibition based on 4 core themes which demonstrate the enormous capacity of chemistry to improve and change our world through innovative solutions to the major challenges we face today.

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SMART CHEMISTRY SMART FUTURE will highlight the strategic role of the chemical industry in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The chemical sector, as a leading RDI industry, plays a key role as a facilitator of innovations and pioneering technologies to meet society's demands and achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) set by the UN for 2030. This will be made evident at Expoquimia 2020, Fira de Barcelona's International Chemistry Event devoted to the sector, which will be held from 14th to 17th September 2021.

Under the slogan "Welcome to 2030", the project's focal point will be an exclusive exhibition at which the leading organisations and companies attending will showcase the cutting-edge technological breakthroughs and innovations with the greatest development potential over the next ten years. The sector in Spain is already working on these to overcome the main challenges facing us as a society in the four major areas of Sustainable Development, namely the Circular Economy, Energy Transition and Climate Change, Health and Food, and Digitisation and Industry 4.0 (Smart Digital Solutions).



Chemical innovation's contribution to a sustainable future.
Circular Economy / Energy Transition and Climate Change / Health and Nutrition / Smart Digital Industry
  • Circular Economy

    The chemical sector promotes the efficient use of resources through its products, materials, processes and services by providing alternative raw materials (including those of a biological origin), developing bioproducts and the reuse, recycling and recovery of waste products throughout the value chain, thereby contributing to the Circular Economy. The subjects covered will include: chemical recycling, the bioeconomy, CO2 capture and conversion to be used as a raw material as well as water management, treatment and reuse.

  • Energy Transition and Climate Change

    Energy transition will be largely determined by technological innovation. In order to advance towards a low-carbon economy, the chemical sector provides materials and applications that enable energy efficiency and savings through multiple applications ranging from industrial processes for insulating buildings to sustainable mobility in cities. It also provides solutions for the storage of energy, optimising renewable energies, providing an answer to one of the greatest challenges facing this field.

  • Health and Nutrition

    Faced with a growing world population which will reach 8.5 billion people by 2030, the challenge lies in guaranteeing sufficient access to food and health care, which includes new, more efficient agricultural production methods; the intelligent and personalised use of medication to guarantee greater life expectancy and a better quality of life; as well as the management and reduction of food loss and waste on a global level. The contribution to the food supply, health and hygiene are among the main contributions provided by the chemical sector to people's lives.

  • Smart Digital Indutry

    The digital transformation of industrial processes is changing the industry as we know it. For this reason, the chemical sector is making a significant effort to adapt to new technology and continue offering solutions to other productive sectors. A connected industry allows a more personalised production and also one that is more sustainable and intelligent, with much more refined and controlled production processes. Smart factories, 3D printing, the IoT, and Big Data are key aspects which are transforming production methods.



The chemical sector's contribution to the economy for a sustainable future.
Wealth Generation / Generation of Stable and Quality Employment / Innovating Driving Force / Internationalisation and Attracting Investment
  • Generation of Wealth

    The chemical industry generates 13.4% of the industrial GDP and is the second-largest exporter in the Spanish economy.

  • Generation of Employment

    The Spanish chemical industry is a powerful driver of employment, generating 670,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs. It provides qualified, stable and quality employment, with a permanent hiring rate of over 93%, at the same time promoting technical development and innovation.

  • A Driving Force of Innovation

    The Spanish chemical sector will experience the highest growth in the manufacturing industry until 2030, with a productive increment of 4.5 percentage points each year, backed up by a growing demand for chemical products.

  • Internationalisation and Attracting Investment

    The high-level of competitiveness in the Spanish chemical sector, backed by its ability to generate wealth and employment, it's commitment to innovation and its future prospects, represent a major incentive for attracting productive investment.



From the Airport

TMB line: L-9 Sud
(Stations "Fira" and "Europa / Fira").


From Pl. Espanya

Line 8 (pink) FGC, to Europa/Fira.
The organization offers visitors and exhibitors a free shuttle service connecting the FGC stop Plaza Europa with the HALL 2, 3 and 8 


14 - 17 September


9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Hall 3

Gran Via Exhibition Centre (Fira de Barcelona)
Avinguda Joan Carles I, 58 and Carrer de les Ciències
08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona)

GPS coordinates: 41.35448 – 2.12698

The chemical sector is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals



Smart Chemistry Smart Future 17

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Project Coordination
Esmeralda Honrubia
+34 914 317 964 // +34 690 011 962


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