EU Science Hub

Ten-year evolution of EU Industrial R&D in the global context

Key messages

  • More than a quarter of the industrial investment in global R&D is made by EU companies.
  • In the last decade EU companies have increased their specialisation in medium-tech sectors, with a significant R&D share increase in the Automobile sector and a decrease in the Aerospace & Defence sector.
  • Industrial dynamics at company level provide insights into policy strategies to strengthen EU corporate R&D and to improve the competitiveness of innovation-driven industries.