Expertises // 2013

Innovationsindikatoren Chemie 2013

The chemical industry in Germany is one of the most innovative sectors of the German economy. Four out of five chemical companies introduce innovations on a regular basis, and more than 60 per cent continuously conduct research and development (R&D). No other sector achieves higher shares. About 7 per cent of all employees in the chemical industry work in R&D. In the year 2013, the chemical industry in Germany plans to spend about €6.9 billion on the development and introduction of new products and processes, of which €4.1 billion are budgeted for R&D. Based on these figures, Germany is the world’s third largest location for R&D and innovation in the field of chemistry. Germany contributes 14 per cent to total business enterprise R&D expenditures in OECD countries; it is the origin of 16 per cent of all international patent applications in chemistry and about 7 per cent of all scientific publications in this field. Almost 10 per cent of global exports in R&D-intensive chemical goods originate from Germany. The share of sales spent on R&D (2011: 3.4 per cent) is one of the highest in all industrialised nations.

Gehrke, Birgit and Christian Rammer (2013), Innovationsindikatoren Chemie 2013, Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI), Mannheim und Hannover

Authors Birgit Gehrke // Christian Rammer