Results of the Covid-19 survey: 80% of partner companies consider that being part of a cluster better positions the company in the face of the crisis

The Covid-19 survey conducted in June was mostly answered by industrial companies (more than 800, representing 80% of the total responses). For this reason, it is a statistically representative sample. The results presented below refer to the Catalan industry (of more than 9 workers):

(According to the ACCIÓ survey)

  1. The main problems that Catalan industrial companies have had to face before the Covid -19 are:
    – Decreased turnover (for 75% of companies this has been the main problem).
    – The reduction and / or cancellation of orders / services (71% of companies consider it the second main problem).
    – The partial cessation of the activity (51%) and the application of an ERTO (47.7%).
  2. Most Catalan industrial companies (69%) have seen their turnover reduced by between 5% and 50%. 27% have seen their turnover reduced by more than 50%. In the case of companies surveyed by INNOVACC 87% have dropped between 0% and 25% of turnover.
  3. 31% of companies believe that they will not recover their usual turnover until the next 6 or 12 months. An additional 23.2% of companies will not recover until 12-24 months (ie 54% of companies will not recover until 6-24 months). Only 9% believe it will last more than two years. By contrast, companies that are part of clusters, expect to recover their turnover in a majority before 12 months
  4. 46% of industrial companies do not plan for adjustment measures in the next three months, and 26% plan to carry out an ERTO. Only 5% anticipate layoffs in 3 months. In the case of the companies surveyed by INNOVACC, no company provides for redundancies and only 9% provide for an ERTO.
  5. The international activity of industrial companies in 2020 compared to 2019 will be reduced by 54.7% of cases. This percentage decreases to 34.1% among the companies that are part of a cluster.
  6. 43% of companies believe that the international market will be the first to recover (compared to 17.2% who believe that it will be the domestic market).
  7. 13.3% of industrial companies have adopted a strategic change to serve the Covid-19 crisis (eg making respirators, masks, etc.). This percentage is almost doubled in companies that are part of clusters.
  8. 47% of industrial companies expect to introduce strategic post-crisis market changes. Most will do so with new products and / or services (29%), with new digital marketing systems (21%) and in process digitization (21%). Companies that are part of clusters expect to introduce strategic changes in the majority, more than 60%. In this sense, 42% consider opting for new business models. In the case of the companies surveyed by INNOVACC, 75% plan to introduce new products and / or services and 50% are committed to the digitization of processes.
  9. 15.9% of Catalan industrial companies depend on supply chains in China.
  10. Of these, 70% do not plan to reduce China’s dependence on its supply chain.
  11. 75% of industrial companies dependent on global supply chains do not consider substituting their imports for local production.
  12. Most Catalan industrial companies with production centers abroad do not consider relocating their plants.
  13. 84% of companies that already export plan to open new markets.
  14. 69% of industrial companies have applied telework in response to the Covid-19. Only 12% applied it on a day-to-day basis before Covid and 18% do not apply telework measures. In contrast, cluster companies were more committed to telework before the Covid-19 crisis, as almost 30% already had pre-crisis telework policies.
  15. More than 60% of companies satisfactorily value the functionality of telework in their company (very satisfactory 15.7% and satisfactory 46.1%). This percentage increases to 75% in the members of the clusters (very satisfactory 27.3%, satisfactory 47.7%).
  16. 81% of companies that have not applied telework are due to basically productive companies without the possibility of applying telework.
  17. 45.7% of companies have applied for financial support for the economic impact of Covid-19 on their company.
  18. 77% of them have applied for a loan.
  19. Of those who have not applied for any aid, 56% plan to apply for non-refundable aid.
  20. Almost 49% of companies consider their financial situation to be the same as that of their competition. Among cluster members, 73.1% consider their financial situation equal to or better than the competition.
  21. Most companies consider that the aid that the Administration should promote in the current situation should be aimed at:
    – aid for business innovation
    – aid for business internationalization
    – aid in the search for financing and investment planning
    . aid for hiring staff.

In the case of companies surveyed by INNOVACC, 67% believe that aid for business innovation should be promoted.

80% of Catalan cluster member companies consider that being part of a cluster better positions the company in the face of the crisis, valuing very positively the connection with other companies, the greater information and knowledge of the sector, and the joint work in projects of innovation. Mostly, they consider that these services are the ones that the cluster should continue to offer them.