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  • 17 News

January 2015

23.01.2015 – ZEW (bpe/cra/fkr/jpr)

ZEW Innovation Survey - German Enterprises Hit a Record in Innovation Expenditure

The German economy continues to invest heavily in innovation. In 2013, EUR 144.6 billion were spent on the development and implementation of new products and processes. This is the largest sum ever spent in a single year, exceeding the 2012 figure by 5.3 per cent. Large enterprises account for the lion's share with more than 70 per cent. Companies are planning to further expand innovation expenditure in 2014 (to EUR 146.1 billion) and 2015 (to EUR 148.2 billion). At the same time, revenues from product and process innovations are stagnating, and the rate of innovators, which is determined by small enterprises, decreased in 2013. read more

December 2013

10.12.2013 – KfW/ZEW (jeh/Höpfner)

KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel – High-Tech Start-ups Are Few but Have Impact

Many important impulses for national economies emanate from high-tech start-ups. In particular industrial start-ups within the high-tech sector, though comparably small in number, have a large workforce and are both innovative and eager to invest. These are the results of the KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel, a structural analysis of the economic activity of firms that have been founded in Germany within the last four years. The study was conducted by the KfW Bankengruppe (KfW banking group), ZEW and the credit rating agency Creditreform. read more

June 2013

10.06.2013 – ZEW/TU Berlin (cra/ggr)

Berlin Innovation Report 2013 - Berlin's Economy Considerably More Innovation-Oriented than Overall German Economy

The proportion of Berlin-based firms which introduced new products or processes reached 57 per cent in 2011, thereby exceeding the comparable figure for the overall German economy by seven percentage points. In particular small and medium-sized firms were in the first line in the field of innovation in Germany’s capital city. Berlin’s larger companies, on the other hand, performed weaker, according to most innovation indicators. The highest rate of innovators was reported by the electrical industry, software and data processing, and R&D services. These are the results of a joint project conducted by Technische Universität (TU) Berlin and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). read more

January 2012

31.01.2012 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

2011 German Innovation Survey - Innovation Has Helped to Successfully Lead the German Economy Successfully Out of the Crisis

Companies in Germany intensified their innovation efforts during the economic crisis of 2009. These efforts turned out to be rewarding. In 2010, companies were able to increase their revenues by introducing new products. Fundamentally new innovations - "market novelties" - have sold particularly well and export-oriented sectors have been most successful in selling new products. The strong position of German companies in international markets is thus a result not only of cost advantages, but also of a competitive edge in terms of innovation. These are the findings of the recently published 2011 German Innovation Survey. The survey was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovations Research as well as the Institute for Applied Social Sciences (infas). read more

December 2010

01.12.2010 – ZEW/KfW (mni/ggr)

KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel 2010: Private Economy Important For Innovative Company Foundations

Many business ideas of newly founded companies were developed while the founders were employed at private companies. New start-ups based on such ideas are considerably more innovative than other start-ups. Moreover, they produce a considerably higher percentage of market innovations. This is one of the main findings of the latest KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel, which is conducted by KfW Bankengruppe in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and the credit rating agency Creditreform. read more

November 2010

03.11.2010 – ZEW/KfW (Höpfner/hfr)

KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel 2010 - There's Light on the Horizon

Young firms in Germany have coped considerably well with the economic crisis. Their turnover and profit situation proved stable and, according to the firms, will improve next year. "Young firms consider themselves well positioned after the economic and financial crisis. The positive profit expectations for 2010 confirm this. The firms have actively faced the crisis and have concentrated on their strengths by adjusting their products to their clients’ demands. At the same time, young firms have invested less then they had planned due to financing problems," says Dr. Axel Nawrath, member of Managing Board of KfW Bankengruppe, today at the press conference on the "KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel 2010" in Frankfurt. The third KfW/ZEW Start-up Panel, a cooperation of KfW Bankengruppe, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim and credit rating agency Creditreform, analyses the development of economically active start-ups since their foundation. read more

September 2010

13.09.2010 – ZEW (ibe/ggr)

Broadband Internet Access Makes Firms More Innovative

The effective use of modern information and communication technologies requires a high-performance broadband infrastructure. The European Commission (EU 2020 strategy) and the German government (broadband strategy) call for a massive expansion of broadband internet access. A current ZEW study supported by Deutsche Telekom AG indicates that broadband internet access gives significant impulses to firms in Germany and makes them more innovative. In the early phase of the DSL expansion from 2001 to 2003, firms using broadband internet access were able to increase the probability of realizing product and process innovations by 25 percentage points on average. Broadband internet gave impulses for innovations particularly in the service sector. read more

October 2009

19.10.2009 – ZEW/KfW/Creditreform (Höpfner)

KfW/ZEW-Gründungspanel – Little activities by young firms, but positive outlook for 2009

The financial and economic crisis also affects start-ups and young firms.48 percent of young firms in Germany stated that they were affected by negative consequences of the economic and financial crisis in the early summer 2009. The order situation (41 percent report less orders) and turnover and profit situation (43 percent and 40 percent report a worse situation) were particularly affected. These are the findings of the KfW/ZEW-Gründungspanel, which tracks start-ups from their foundation and reports their development over time. The findings of a second survey including start-ups of the years 2005 to 2008 were presented today by KfW, ZEW and Creditform representatives in the KfW Bankengruppe in Frankfurt. read more

August 2006

16.08.2006 – ZEW (cra/kvs)

Innovations in Germany – Vehicle Construction at the Top

In 2004, vehicle construction industry spent 27.7 billion euros on innovation projects and thus outdoes every other sector in Germany. For 2005 and 2006, German vehicle construction also expects rising innovation budgets of 28.2 billion euros (2005) and 29.0 billion euros (2006). read more

May 2005

02.05.2005 – ZEW (cra/kvs)

Innovation Growth Requires Stronger Demand and Higher Profits

Demand increases on sales markets and an improved earnings situation are necessary to expand innovation activities in the German economy. Only if these requirements are met innovation projects can be financed. read more

March 2005

24.03.2005 – KfW/ZEW (mni)

MittelstandsMonitor 2005: Revitalising the Economy – Strengthening Domestic Economy and Competitiveness

Annual report by ZEW, KfW Group, IfM Bonn, RWI Essen and information service provider Creditreform on economic and structural issues facing small and medium-sized enterprises read more

June 2004

02.06.2004 – ZEW (cra/kvs)

Vehicle Manufacture: 24 Billion Euros for Investments

The vehicle manufacturing industry spends more money on innovation projects than any other commercial sector in Germany. For 2004, firms in this sector which, as well as cars also manufacture vehicles for travel by air, rail and water, estimate that a total of 24 billion euros will be spent on innovation. This represents 34 per cent of all spending on innovation in German industry as a whole. read more

May 2004

25.05.2004 – ZEW (tsc/kvs)

Innovation in Germany – Chemical and Electronics Industries in the Lead

The chemical and electronics industries are the most innovative in Germany. Around 80 per cent of businesses in each of these sectors have implemented innovative products and processes. read more

March 2000

14.03.2000 – ZEW (dcz/kvs)

Production-related Service Providers in East Germany: Structural Deficits Have Negative Effects

The innovation activities of the East German services sector on the whole and specifically the production-related services sector continues to adapt to West German structures. According to a current study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, East German service providers continue to have problems with finding clients for their innovative services. read more

February 2000

28.02.2000 – ZEW (geb/kvs)

Shortage of Skilled Workers Hinders Innovation

Despite the persistently high level of unemployment in Germany, there is a great demand for well-qualified skilled workers. One out of every seven service providers has trouble to engage in innovation activities due to a shortage of suitably qualified personnel. As a result, the implementation of new products or production processes is delayed or impeded with negative effects on their competitiveness. The shortage of skilled workers has increased in importance by 50 % over the past two years: In 1997, such a shortage merely affected one out of ten businesses in terms of innovation activities. read more

October 1999

29.10.1999 – ZEW (nja/kvs)

Services Sector: Innovative Businesses Export More

Innovative businesses from the services sector export more often than their less innovative competitors. This is the result of a current study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. For the first time the connection between innovation activity and the exports of a company in the services sector was analysed. There have already been some studies on this topic for the processing industries. Those studies revealed that in the processing industries, too, innovation activity has a positive influence on the export behaviour of businesses. The ZEW study further shows that the qualification of the staff likewise exerts an influence on the export activity: Service providers with higher qualified staff export more often. read more

July 1999

27.07.1999 – ZEW (nja/kvs)

Increase in Innovation Activities in the Manufacturing and Mining Industries

The innovation activities in the German manufacturing and mining industries have further increased. In 1997, the share of innovative companies among all businesses in this sector has reached a level of 66 per cent, which makes an increase of 6 per cent as compared to the previous year. Despite a shrinking number of companies in the manufacturing and mining industries, the absolute number of innovative companies has increased and exceeded the 40,000 mark for the first time since 1992. These are the findings of the latest innovation survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. For this representative survey, ZEW interviewed approximately 5,745 enterprises about their innovation activities in 1998 and projected the results for Germany. According to ZEW calculations, innovation expenditures have likewise increased considerably to 108 billion DM, reaching a 5.2 per cent share of the total turnover amount. The decline in innovation activity at the beginning of the 90s, partly as a result of cyclical developments, has thus been overcome. read more


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