World's Top 100 Most Innovative: 23 are SEMI Members

World's Top 100 Most Innovative: 23 are SEMI Members  

Top 100 organizations outperform the S&P 500 by 3 percent in market cap weighted revenue and add nearly 125,000 jobs 

Thomson Reuters announced its 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators list, honoring 100 corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. Twenty-three of the companies are SEMI members.

Financial analysis of the Top 100 companies shows that these organizations outperformed the S&P 500 by three percent in their market cap weighted revenue (15 percent versus 12 percent). This year's winners also added 124,214 new jobs over their prior year employment figures.

SEMI member companies listed on the “2012 Top 100 Global Innovators” list include:

  • 3M Company (U.S.)
  • Arkema (France)
  • Canon (Japan)
  • Corning (U.S.)
  • Dow Chemical (U.S.)
  • Dupont (U.S.)
  • FUJIFILM (Japan)
  • General Electric (U.S.)
  • Hitachi (Japan)
  • Honeywell (U.S.)
  • Intel (U.S.)
  • Micron (U.S.)
  • Mitsubishi Electric (Japan)
  • Nitto Denko (Japan)
  • Olympus (Japan)
  • Panasonic (Japan)
  • Saint-Gobain (France)
  • Seiko Epson (Japan)
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical (Japan)
  • Solvay (Belgium)
  • STMicroelectronics (Switzerland)
  • TDK (Japan)
  • Texas Instruments (U.S.)

Ten of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” SEMI member companies are headquartered in Japan. Nine of them are headquartered in the United States; four are in Europe.

The Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four criteria: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations. By virtue of the criteria, the list favors fast-moving, hyper-competitive industries such as computer hardware and semiconductors, where product lifecycles are short and advancements in technology are demanded by users. These technology-based industries grew by 18 percent and 29 percent, respectively. The semiconductor and electrical components industry continued to lead in 2012, with 18 representative companies, 29 percent more than in 2011.

On the overall list, the U.S. continues to lead in the number of organizations it has on the list, with 47 this year. Asia has the next highest, with 32, comprising 25 from Japan and 7 from South Korea. There was a 75 percent increase in representation from South Korea over the prior year; the new entrants included two from academia and two scientific research centers. Europe has 21 honorees, with the largest representation coming from France (13).

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January 8, 2013