Republic of Tunisia  | Ministry of Industry and SMEs

Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

Sector overview

The  Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products Sector counts some 560 enterprises employing 10 or more persons. Among the sector enterprises 139 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  13  16  29 
Pharmaceutical industries  14  52  66 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  40  41 
Plastics industries  79  203  282 
Rubber and tires Industries  22  28 
Agrochemical products 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  69  76 
Petroleum refining 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  18  28  46 

Employment

The Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products sector enterprises employing 10 or more workers account for 54 363 jobs of which 27 814 positions are with wholly exporting enterprises and 26 549 positions are with other than totally exporting.

Activity Employment TE* Employment OTE* Total
Basic chemical industries  13 647  663  14 310 
Pharmaceutical industries  2 748  8 323  11 071 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  10  2 226  2 236 
Plastics industries  9 407  10 497  19 904 
Rubber and tires Industries  1 185  687  1 872 
Agrochemical products  235  235 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  252  3 673  3 925 
Petroleum refining  67  67 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  1 369  1 274  2 643 

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 164 , 89 are 100% foreign owned. 97 are totally exporting enterprises.

reakdown of partnership enterprises by country

France
(73)
Italie
(41)
Allemagne
(12)
Belgique
(4)
Autres
(62)

Source: Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation - January 2020