Scoreboard shows Only a Third of World’s Top 50 R&D Investors are European


The 2011 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard which ranks the world’s top 1400 companies by their R&D investment during 2010 has just been published by the European Commission. Overall, R&D investment by European companies has increased by 6.1% following the post-economic crisis decrease of 2.6% in 2009. However US companies reported an even higher rate of R&D investment at 10% during 2010.

European companies continue to lag behind other global R&D investors especially since only 15 of the top 50 companies in the world to invest in R&D during 2010 are European. Most of the non-EU companies in the top 50 with the largest increases were in the pharmaceutical and ICT sector, yet for those European companies only four companies were in ICT.

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