The 2009 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, released in November 2009, presents information on 2000 companies from around the world reporting major investments in R&D. The set of companies it covers comprises the top 1000 R&D investors whose registered offices are in the EU and the top 1000 registered elsewhere.
The figures are derived from the latest available companies' accounts, i.e. the fiscal year 2008, and indicate the R&D invested by companies' own funds, independently of the location of the R&D activity. The Scoreboard includes R&D figures along with other economic and financial data from the last four financial years.
In the reporting period, the world economy entered into a strong financial and economic crisis that affected companies throughout the world. Some of the effects of the crisis are already reflected in this Scoreboard, namely on indicators such as sales, operating profits and market capitalisation. However, the full effects of the crisis, especially on R&D, tend to lag and are not yet fully captured in this Scoreboard.
The report includes a discussion on the key figures of the world's top R&D investors. It examines overall levels of R&D, the performance of the EU companies, and the main changes that took place last year.
The performance of individual companies among the top R&D investors, in particular those undergoing significant R&D growth is outlined. Moreover, an overview of the company data aggregated by industrial sectors and world regions, with comparisons between the EU companies and their main competitors is included.
The full dataset of the 2009 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard is provided below. The data for the EU and the non-EU groups are presented in single tables comprising rankings by companies, industrial sectors and countries.