Malta Enterprise Creation and Productions Units
The Maltese industrial sector.

Malta has three strong economic arguments: a strategic geographic location, an efficient and productive workforce, and reasonable operational costs. Indeed, the Island offers a framework conducive to productive activities which are less costly there and represents a logistical platform for the trade routes connecting Europe to North Africa and for the Mediterranean basin in general. Part of a mainly agricultural economy, Malta achieved a remarkable industrial breakthrough, launched during the 1960s. Today the industry represents 1/5 of the GDP.

Malta specializes in medium and high technology, small series manufacturing of semi-finished products, textiles, clothing accessories, food, and cosmetics. The industry employs some 22,000 people and contributes to the economy more than we imagine. Over the decades, the sector has significantly restructured and adopted more minimalist and refined processes and approaches. With R&D, product improvement and process redesign, a promising future are looming, bringing more added value to the industrial sector as a whole.

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Foreign direct investment & creation of production units in Malta.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in the industrial sector increased by 94.6 million euros net between 2011 and 2012. This is the best result recorded by the Island in this area since 2004. The sector services in new technologies, even if it does not show such performances, have nevertheless experienced a growth in foreign direct investments.

Malta has designed numerous incentives to attract foreign direct investment in the industrial sector. These include facilitating access to finance. Malta Enterprise, the Maltese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, manages several financing programs for industrial operators, notably the interest rate subsidy on investment credits to support new projects as well as loan guarantees to help businesses to acquire fixed assets. In addition, companies can benefit from subsidies or investment tax premiums up to 50% of the cost of the production site and machinery and up to 20% of the cost of industrial buildings and structures. They can also benefit from a tax credit corresponding to a percentage of the value of the capital invested or the value of the remuneration for a period of 24 months. This last measure covers the jobs thus created. The percentage applied is calculated based on the size of the business.
Even before reaching the production phase, companies based in Malta can benefit from incentives, notably for Research and Development (R&D). Indeed, Maltese taxation provides tax credits on a certain number of expenses for companies that initiate the design of innovative industrial solutions or products. In addition, during the experimental phase, companies can claim tax credits when ordering research services or acquiring technical knowledge or patents. The cost of the material is also taken into account.

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Our team dedicated to the industrial sector.

We support a large number of SMEs and large groups in setting up in Malta. Our team made up of experienced collaborators can determine the subsidies corresponding to your specificities and to which you can claim. With our assistance, you have the best chance of benefiting from these opportunities. Our lawyers and accountants are specialized in taxation and company law and are privileged interlocutors to assist individuals and companies in their administrative and compliance obligations, especially when starting their projects. We also advise you on the procedures related to the establishment of your activity.