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The 1500 Scoreboard companies represent 90% of the total private R&D investment worldwide© 2012, EU

R&D Scoreboard: Despite crisis, top EU firms continue to invest in innovation


The new edition of the R&D Scoreboard , published by the JRC and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, shows that in the face of the continuing economic and financial crisis, major EU-based firms continue to rely on R&D for their competitive edge.

They increased R&D investment by 8.9% in 2011, up from 6.1% in 2010. The increase nearly matches US firms (9%), beats the global average (7.6%) and is far ahead of Japanese companies (1.7%). R&D-intensive sectors tended to show above average employment growth.

These are key findings of the 2012 "EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard" of the top 1500 global R&D investors. The global top 50 includes 15 EU companies, 18 US firms and 12 from Japan.
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota tops the ranking, with Volkswagen the top EU company in third place (€7.2 billion invested).