Republic of Tunisia  | Ministry of Industry and Trade

Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

Sector overview

The  Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products Sector counts some 574 enterprises employing 10 or more persons. Among the sector enterprises 137 are producing for the export market.

Breakdown of enterprises employing 10 or more persons by activity and regime

Activity TE* OTE* Total
Basic chemical industries  12  17  29 
Pharmaceutical industries  15  49  64 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  43  44 
Plastics industries  82  212  294 
Rubber and tires Industries  24  30 
Agrochemical products 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  78  84 
Petroleum refining 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  16  26  42 

Employment

The Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products sector enterprises employing 10 or more workers account for 53 410 jobs of which 27 317 positions are with wholly exporting enterprises and 26 093 positions are with other than totally exporting.

Activity Employment TE* Employment OTE* Total
Basic chemical industries  13 771  661  14 432 
Pharmaceutical industries  2 575  7 815  10 390 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  150  2 332  2 482 
Plastics industries  9 568  10 499  20 067 
Rubber and tires Industries  2 100  781  2 881 
Agrochemical products  235  235 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  173  3 630  3 803 
Petroleum refining  67  67 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  747  1 217  1 964 

Exports / Imports

For further information, please click the link below:  National Institute of Statistics

Development perspectives

The Center for Studies and Industrial Prospects (CEPI) has identified more than 50 project ideas and 9 professional files.

Partnership

The total number of enterprises with foreign participation is 173 , 93 are 100% foreign owned. 98 are totally exporting enterprises.

reakdown of partnership enterprises by country

France
(79)
Italie
(44)
Allemagne
(11)
Belgique
(3)
Autres
(62)

Source: Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation - September 2018