The 2009 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard is now available
2009 corporate R&D investment: a global increase with EU companies leading US and Japan
The 2009 EU R&D Industrial Investment Scoreboard is now available. Worldwide corporate R&D investment has increased by 6.9% in spite of the economic crisis, according to the report. With an 8.1% increase, the R&D investment growth of EU companies, defined as companies having headquarters within the EU, is significantly higher than US ones for the second year, at 5.7%, and Japanese ones, at 4.4%.
Two EU companies feature in the top ten: Volkswagen in the 3rd place with an R&D investment of €5.93 billion and Nokia in the 8th. The world's biggest investor in R&D was Toyota Motor, with €7.61 billion. The report also shows that companies from emerging countries have the highest R&D investment growth.
Part of the Industrial Research Investment Monitoring activity carried out jointly by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Research Directorate-General (DG RTD) of the European Commission, the scoreboard is the fruit of research conducted by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), with overall monitoring and guidance provided by Directorate C (European Research Area: Knowledge Economy) of DG RTD.