115 BAK individual sectors – freely configurable

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Is your regional economic structure sustainable?

The sustainability of your region is dependent to a large degree on the competitiveness of your businesses. Influences, effects and challenges are often not immediately apparent at the corporate level or at the sector level. All regions face the question of how best to respond to changes, i.e. structural change, the merger of industry and services, and rapid technological advances. For this reason, analysis of the future prospects of your regional economic structure is the basis for all strategic measures. BAKBASEL consequently offers you the greatest pos-sible selection of sectors and far-reaching flexibility in their composition. It is only by this means that you will be able to respond to the many changes on the basis of in-depth and com-parative analysis.

Extensive industrial and service sectors

List of 115 BAK sectors
  • A – Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • B – Mining and quarrying
  • C – Manufacturing
  • Manufacture of food products
  • Food products and beverages
  • Food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Processing and preserving of meat
  • Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs
  • Processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables
  • Manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats
  • Manufacture of dairy products
  • Manufacture of grain mill products, starches and starch products
  • Manufacture of other food products
  • Manufacture of prepared animal feeds
  • Manufacture of beverages
  • Manufacture of tobacco products
  • Textiles
  • Textiles and wearing apparel
  • Textiles, wearing apparel, leather and related prodcuts
  • Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles
  • Manufacture of other textiles
  • Manufacture of wearing apparel, except fur apparel
  • Manufacture of articles of fur
  • Manufacture of knitted and crocheted apparel
  • Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery and harness; dressing and dyeing of fur
  • Manufacture of footwear
  • Sawmilling and planing of wood
  • Manufacture of products of wood, cork, straw and plaiting materials
  • Manufacture of paper and paper products
  • Printing and service activities related to printing
  • Reproduction of recorded media
  • Manufacture of coke oven products
  • Manufacture of refined petroleum products
  • Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms
  • Manufacture of other chemical products
  • Manufacture of man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products
  • Manufacture of rubber products
  • Manufacture of plastics products
  • Manufacture of glass and glass products
  • Manufacture of non-metallic mineral products n.e.c.
  • Manufacture of basic iron and steel
  • Manufacture of basic precious and other non-ferrous metals
  • Casting of metals
  • Manufacture of structural metal products, tanks, reservoirs and steam generators
  • Manufacture of weapons and ammunition
  • Manufacture of other fabricated metal products; metalworking service activities
  • Manufacture of electronic components and boards
  • Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment
  • Manufacture of communication equipment
  • Manufacture of consumer electronics
  • Manufacture of measuring, testing, navigating and control equipment; watches and clocks
  • Manufacture of irradiation, electromedical and electrotherapeutic equipment
  • Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment
  • Manufacture of magnetic and optical media
  • Manufacture of electric motors, generators, transformers and electricity distribution and control apparatus
  • Manufacture of batteries and accumulators
  • Manufacture of wiring and wiring devices
  • Manufacture of electric lighting equipment
  • Manufacture of domestic appliances
  • Manufacture of other electrical equipment
  • Manufacture of general-purpose machinery
  • Manufacture of special-purpose machinery
  • Manufacture of motor vehicles
  • Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers
  • Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
  • Building of ships and boats
  • Manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock
  • Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
  • Manufacture of military fighting vehicles
  • Manufacture of transport equipment n.e.c.
  • Manufacture of furniture
  • Manufacture of jewellery, bijouterie and related articles
  • Manufacture of musical instruments
  • Manufacture of sports goods
  • Manufacture of games and toys
  • Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies
  • Other manufacturing n.e.c.
  • Repair of fabricated metal products, machinery and equipment
  • Installation of industrial machinery and equipment
  • D – Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
  • E – Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
  • F – Construction
  • G – Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • H – Transportation and storage
  • Land transport and transport via pipelines
  • Water transport
  • Air transport
  • Warehousing and support activities for transportation
  • Postal and courier activities
  • I – Accommodation and food service activities
  • Accommodation
  • Food and beverage service activities
  • J – Information and communication
  • Publishing activities
  • Audiovisual and broadcasting activities
  • Telecommunications
  • IT and other information services
  • K – Financial and insurance activities
  • Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
  • Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security
  • Activities auxiliary to financial service and insurance activities
  • L – Real estate activities
  • M – Professional, scientific and technical activities
  • Legal and accounting activities
  • Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities
  • Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis
  • Scientific research and development
  • Advertising and market research
  • Other professional, scientific and technical activities; veterinary activities
  • N – Administrative and support service activities
  • Rental and leasing activities
  • Employment activities
  • Travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities
  • Security and investigation activities; services to buildings and landscape activities; office administrative, office support and other business support
  • Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
  • Education
  • Q – Human health and social work activities
  • Human health activities
  • Residential care and social work activities
  • R – Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Creative, arts and entertainment activities; libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities; gambling and betting activities
  • Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
  • S – Other service activities
  • Activities of membership organizations
  • Repair of computers and personal and household goods
  • Other personal service activities
  • T – Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use


In overall terms, the economic structure of each region can be differentiated according to 115 individual sectors including 70 (NACE 3 digit) manufacturing sectors. The sectors can be combined in any way desired.

Individually compiled sector aggregates

Sector aggregates can be formed as required. Whether ICT, clean-tech, green-tech, fintech, capital goods, high-precision goods or life sciences – the composition can be realised flexibly and across sectors. In addition to standard definitions, the classification can also be tailored to match your cluster definition. On this basis, international regions with similar structures and consequently similar challenges can be identified.

Multi-sector models can be realised

The perspective can also be switched from industry to sector. As the classic three-sector model (agriculture, industry, services) is rarely sufficient, BAKBASEL has developed a wide range of multi-sector concepts in order to secure the sharpest possible picture of the comparative economic structure of a particular region. A distinction can be drawn, for example, between the «new economy sector» and the «old economy sector», in order to separate classic economic activities from innovative economic activities. The significance of the «urban sector» is highlighted by the metropolitan function, while the «political sector» throws a spotlight on sectors with links to the public sector.

New «state-of-the-art» technology sectors

We develop tailored technology concepts that depict the sustainability of companies even more effectively by using the applied core technologies as a characteristic, instead of classic sectors. The new sector methodology does not address the established classification criterion of «what is produced», but instead the significantly more sustainable criterion of «how is the production organised», i.e. which technological approach is used. In this conjunction, new materials and systems, or digital, biotech and energy developments can be taken into account. We develop these concepts in collaboration with the Swiss Patent Office (Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Berne).

Innovative sector and economic concepts can be jointly developed
With our tools and databases, completely new sectoral and economic concepts can be imple-mented, such as cross-section industries or output chains. The latter highlight, for example, how complete output chains are available in the region, in comparison with competing regions. Concepts pertaining to highly differentiated research intensity are also possible, or the identification of economically volatile and resilient sectors.