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Industrial research (an overview)

Inventive and innovative: Germany is home to some of the world’s top research companies. They run their own research institutes, establish research associations and cooperate with universities and research institutions all over the world. And they do so with striking success.

Finding solutions is one of the real strengths of German industry. Whether it is a question of developing self-driving cars or creating applications for artificial intelligence in medicine – German companies are among the world’s most innovative inventors.

Research and development (R&D) plays a key role in German industry, and major corporations such as Bosch, Siemens and BASF are among those firms that register the most international patents worldwide. Research-based companies in Germany spend nearly 63 billion euros on R&D, which makes German industry one of the most research-oriented in the world.