The 2018 edition of the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard (the Scoreboard) comprises the 2500 companies investing the largest sums in R&D in the world in 2017/18. These companies, based in 46 countries, each invested over €25 million in R&D for a total of €736.4bn
which is approximately 90% of the world’s businessfunded R&D. They include 577 EU companies accounting for 27% of the total, 778 US companies for 37%, 339 Japanese companies for 14%, 438 Chinese for 10% and 368 from the rest-of-the-world (RoW) for 12%.
This report analyses the main changes in companies’ R&D and economic indicators over the past year and their performance over the past ten years. It also includes a patent-based analysis aimed at characterising further the innovation activity of the business sector in the 28 member states of the EU. Finally, the report comprises a 10-year analysis of the performance of Scoreboard companies based in Asian countries, examining in particular the role of foreign direct investment and related mergers and acquisitions.