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 575 enterprises employing 10 or more persons. Among the sector enterprises 140 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  11  18  29 
Pharmaceutical industries  15  48  63 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  42  43 
Plastics industries  86  214  300 
Rubber and tires Industries  24  31 
Agrochemical products 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  76  82 
Petroleum refining 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  15  26  41 

Employment

The Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products sector enterprises employing 10 or more workers account for 52 062 jobs of which 26 142 positions are with wholly exporting enterprises and 25 920 positions are with other than totally exporting.

Activity Employment TE* Employment OTE* Total
Basic chemical industries  13 888  685  14 573 
Pharmaceutical industries  2 522  7 701  10 223 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  150  2 287  2 437 
Plastics industries  8 319  10 523  18 842 
Rubber and tires Industries  1 060  782  1 842 
Agrochemical products  231  231 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  167  3 583  3 750 
Petroleum refining  67  67 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  753  1 218  1 971 

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 174 , 94 are 100% foreign owned. 100 are totally exporting enterprises.

reakdown of partnership enterprises by country

France
(80)
Italie
(45)
Allemagne
(11)
Belgique
(3)
Autres
(61)

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