Japan #1 Innovative Country:
Thomson Reuters publishes the 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators List
Thomson Reuters, provider of intelligence information, honors the 100 most innovative organizations for the fourth time. In the annual 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list, Asia leads with the mostly Japanese innovative companies.
39 entries of Japanese companies can be found in the 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list – a remarkable increase in number compared to previous Thomson Reuters’ measurements (2011: 27, 2012: 25, 2013: 28). Asia, with 46 companies, surpasses North America for the first time and takes the lead on the innovation scene.
Not all the enterprises listed on the rankings are well-known large-scale enterprises. Besides Toyota, Yamaha and Panasonic, for example Kyocera appears for the first time in the 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list. The company is best known for its printers, mobile and satellite phones. Furthermore, the company produces multi-function devices and solar panels.
Swiss companies are equally successful, with four Swiss companies included in the rankings. ABB Industrial, STMicroelectronics get honored for the third, TE Connectivity even for the fourth time and Novartis celebrates its debut. For reference, Europe has a total of 18 entries.
The measurement applied by Thomson Reuter is based on patent-related metrics. Further information concerning the methodology and the complete list can be found here.