Assessing companies' capability to develop advanced manufacturing technologies in selected industrial sectors

The context of this study is to provide empirical evidence on the role of innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) at the firm level to assess efficiency and productivity as well as employment effects of R&D expenditure and innovation investment. The main task is to link innovation output with its input and analyze this data with respect to the policy implications at the level of the EU member states as well as third countries, especially the US and Japan. The data source for the input will be the EU R&D Scoreboard and the output will be patent applications at different patent offices as well as at the transnational level.

For the assessment of the technological output of companies from certain sectors in AMT and KETs, a link between sectors (e.g.NACE Rev. 2 or ICB) and technologies (IPC) is a necessary precondition. Therefore, a probability matching of patent applicants with company names will be performed. The identified companies and their portfolios in KETs and AMT will then be analyzed in the light of three major questions:

  1. What is the value or quality of the technology portfolio?
  2. Where (in which country or region) has an invention been made?
  3. Who owns the patented technology?

Besides providing company-level analyses, we will use the matched dataset to perform analyses also at the level of economic sectors. This allows us to answer the question which of the sectors are mostly producing inventions in KETs and AMT and compare them with each other. Further analyses will cover the spread of KETs and AMT technologies across sectors.