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 567 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  208  290 
Rubber and tires Industries  24  30 
Agrochemical products 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  76  82 
Petroleum refining 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  16  25  41 

Employment

The Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products sector enterprises employing 10 or more workers account for 53 192 jobs of which 27 184 positions are with wholly exporting enterprises and 26 008 positions are with other than totally exporting.

Activity Employment TE* Employment OTE* Total
Basic chemical industries  13 771  664  14 435 
Pharmaceutical industries  2 575  7 929  10 504 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  14  2 320  2 334 
Plastics industries  9 591  10 400  19 991 
Rubber and tires Industries  2 080  720  2 800 
Agrochemical products  235  235 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  173  3 622  3 795 
Petroleum refining  67  67 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  747  1 207  1 954 

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 - Décembre 2018