Industrial R&D Investment 2011 Data

Industrial R&D Investment 2011 Data

Author: ChemViews

The EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides economic and financial data and analysis of the top 1,500 corporate R&D investors worldwide. The 2012 Scoreboard reveals that R&D investment is up from 2011 and that R&D investment by EU companies beats the global average. It is on par with US firms, and is far ahead of Japanese companies.

R&D Investment by the Top 1,500 Companies by World Region

Total R&D investment increased from € 456 bn in 2010 to € 511 bn in 2011. Chinese and Japanese investment showed the largest increases by 1.0 and 0.2 percentage points, respectively.

World’s Top 20 Companies by their R&D Investment in 2011

The top ten companies each invested more than € 5 bn in R&D. They account for 13.5 % of the total R&D investment by the top 1,500 companies – a similar proportion to 2010.

R&D Expenditure as a Percentage of Sales in 2011

Chemical companies’ R&D investment remained similar to 2010.

R&D Ranking of Industrial Sectors and Shares of World Regions
for the Top 1,500 Companies

High-tech Industries’ Growth Between 2002–2011

Firms within the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector showed the highest average sales growth (23.7 %).


[1] The 2012 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), Brussels, Belgium.
[2] Facts and Figures 2012, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Brussels, Belgium.
[3] Top 100 Chemical Companies, ICIS Chemical Business Magazine, 2012, September.
[4] Annual Pharma Exec 50, J. Cacciotti, P. Clinton, Pharmaceutical Executive, 2012, May.

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