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 576 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  11  20  31 
Pharmaceutical industries  15  48  63 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  43  44 
Plastics industries  84  214  298 
Rubber and tires Industries  24  32 
Agrochemical products 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  77  83 
Petroleum refining 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  14  28  42 

Employment

The Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products sector enterprises employing 10 or more workers account for 51 611 jobs of which 25 990 positions are with wholly exporting enterprises and 25 621 positions are with other than totally exporting.

Activity Employment TE* Employment OTE* Total
Basic chemical industries  13 888  716  14 604 
Pharmaceutical industries  2 437  7 426  9 863 
Paints, glues, resins and inks  150  2 283  2 433 
Plastics industries  8 285  10 483  18 768 
Rubber and tires Industries  1 070  779  1 849 
Agrochemical products  237  237 
Soaps, detergents, cleaning products, perfumes and cosmetics  167  3 592  3 759 
Petroleum refining  67  67 
Other chemical products (essential oils, industrial gases, explosives)  773  1 246  2 019 

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 , 95 are 100% foreign owned. 98 are totally exporting enterprises.

reakdown of partnership enterprises by country

France
(80)
Italie
(44)
Allemagne
(11)
Belgique
(3)
Autres
(61)

Source: Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation - Décembre 2017