- Companies Based out of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen Contribute to More Than 95% of the Total R&D Spending in China
- Total Global 500 R&D Spend in China to Reach USD 80 Billion by 2020
- Total R&D Investment by Global 500 Companies Reached a USD 614 Billion Mark in FY2014
Zinnov, a leading management consulting firm, released its recent findings on the R&D spend by top Global 500 companies for the year 2014. Total R&D investment by Global 500 companies grew by 4.31 per cent from 2013 (USD 604 billion) and reached a USD 614 billion mark in FY2014. The study highlighted that over 65% of the overall R&D spend was contributed by the top 100 R&D spenders, with majority of this growth coming from North American and APAC based firms.
Total R&D spend in various verticals:
Industry Verticals Total Spending
Automotive USD 109 BN
Semiconductor USD 51 BN
Software / Internet USD 71 BN
Consumer Electronics USD 46 BN
Telecommunication USD 41 BN
The number of 'billion dollar club' members (Companies that spend more than USD 1 billion in R&D Expenditure) in the Global 500 R&D spenders has increased though the share of R&D spending has not seen any significant change. It also highlighted that the 'billion dollar club' is gaining more companies from the APAC region.
In terms of geography, China saw the maximum amount of growth of 20 per cent in R&D spend from 2012 to 2014; even higher when compared with Europe (consistent over last 3 years) and North America (steady at 4-5% growth) and Japan (which is on a recovery after a strong decline the previous year). Consumer/Web 2.0 and e-commerce companies such as Baidu, Tencent, Ctrip.com etc. led the growth in R&D in China, while the contribution by telecommunication (Huawei, ZTE) and automotive segment (Great Wall Motors, Byd Co Ltd-H, Dongfeng Motor) is also on a rise. It also brought to light that companies based out of Beijing, Shanghai andShenzhen contribute to more than 95% of the total R&D spending in China. The Global 500 R&D spend inChina stood at USD 26 bn in 2014.
Speaking about the Global 500 R&D study, Preeti Anand, Associate Director, Zinnov, said, "Technology and market disruptions are having large scale impact on Global 500 companies with a much faster churn being witnessed than ever before. New age companies like Tesla, Garmin, Facebook are threatening the incumbents with large R&D spends. China is visibly and firmly establishing itself as an R&D powerhouse with 4x the growth in R&D spend as compared to even US West coast companies. This is good news for Asia overall as the region will continue to attract more R&D investments across key industry segments such as Web 2.0/e-commerce, automotive and telecom from both home-grown and multinational companies."
As for industry specific R&D trends, the released Zinnov study showcased that companies from the Consumer/Web 2.0 & e-commerce vertical registered a 35% growth in R&D spend in FY 2014 largely due to increased focus on machine learning, mobility and data driven decision making. In comparison, semiconductor companies had a 7% growth in R&D spend (driven by IoT, emerging market demand for smartphones etc.) and automotive segment with a 2% growth (driven by driverless cars, demand for high end electronics etc.) It also added that companies from hi-tech verticals like software, Internet and semiconductor have an average R&D intensity (% of revenue spent on R&D) of more than 10 per cent as compared to other segments such as medical devices, consumer electronics and telecommunications which has an average R&D intensity of 4-5 per cent - indicating the increased relevance of R&D in these companies.
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