For the last ten years the rate of importance for the innovations and technology parameter is the highest yet declared. Approximately 79% of respondents place innovations either as the highest priority or at the top-three priorities among the most necessary conditions for their businesses to be successful. Such data was presented by the BCG’s annual report on the world’s most innovative companies. As it is usual for the recent years, geography of the most progressive countries didn’t vary significantly. The USA took 29 positions in the rank, Europe – 11, Asia – 10. The common feature as well remained the possession of the four main objectives for the high-quality innovation – an emphasis on speed, well-run (and very often lean) R&D processes, the use of technological platforms, and the systematic exploration of adjacent markets. But the companies themselves have different specializations and occupied their positions in the rank due to different achievements. Let’s take a closer look at the 50 most innovative companies in the world in 2015.
An American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino , California . Holds its position for 10 years. Produces mobile devices and IT-services.
An American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. Holds its position in a rank since 2006.
3. Tesla Motors
An American automotive and energy storage company that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric cars, electric vehicle powertrain components, and battery products.
4. Microsoft Corp.
An American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.
5. Samsung Group
A South Korean conglomerate that produces apparel, chemicals, consumer electronics, electronic components, medical equipment, semiconductors, ships, telecommunications equipment.
A Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi. Produces automobiles, luxury vehicles, commercial vehicles, and engines.
A German luxury automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company. It also owns and produces Mini cars, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW produces motorcycles under BMW Motorrad, and plug-in electric cars under the BMW sub-brand. BMW is one of the best-selling luxury automakers in the world.
8. Gilead Sciences
Biotechnological company, California, U.S. Gilead has developed a cure for hepatitis C (HCV) and advanced in treatment of HIV infection.
An American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States.
10. Daimler AG
A German multinational automotive corporation. Produces automobiles, commercial vehicles.
A German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company. Produces and specializes in veterinary drugs, diagnostic imaging, general and specialty medicines, women’s health products, over-the-counter drugs, diabetes care, pesticides, plant biotechnology, polymers, coatings, and adhesives.
A Chinese investment holding company that specializes in Social networks, mass media, web portals, e-commerce, web browser, Antivirus software, and multiplayer online games.
An American multinational technology and consulting corporation. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
A Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation, with operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, technology services, finance, media and marketing, and other businesses.
15. Fast Retailing
Another representative from Japan, a retail holding company that produces clothing and accessories.
An American multinational technology company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is globally known for its Web portal, search engine Yahoo! Search, and related services, including Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, advertising, online mapping, video sharing, fantasy sports and its social media website. It is one of the most popular sites in the United States.
An American global biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in the discovery, development, and delivery of therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative, hematologic, and autoimmune diseases.
18. The Walt Disney Company
An American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate. It is the world’s second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue. Main products are cable television, publishing, films, music, video games, theme parks, broadcasting, radio, and web portals.
19. Marriott International
An American diversified hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels and related lodging facilities.
20. Johnson and Johnson
An American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer. The corporation includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in over 57 countries and products sold in over 175 countries.
The company is headquartered in California, US, but it is an international provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers in all of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and parts of Europe, and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States.
A French multinational insurance firm. Main products are life, health insurance, property insurance, casualty insurance and investment management.
Another American global information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It develops and provides a wide range of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
Also, an American multinational biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. Most famous products are Epogen, Aranesp, Kineret, Enbrel, Neulasta, Neupogen, Nplate, Vectibix, Prolia, Xgeva and Sensipar/Mimpara.
A European financial services company headquartered in Munich, Germany. Main specialization is insurance, banking, and asset management.
26. Tata Motors
An Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and a subsidiary of the Tata Group. Its products include passenger cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, construction equipment and military vehicles. It is the world’s 17th-largest motor vehicle manufacturing company, fourth-largest truck manufacturer, and second-largest bus manufacturer by volume.
27. General Electric
A multinational conglomerate corporation incorporated in New York. The company operates through the following segments: Appliances, Power and Water, Oil and Gas, Energy Management, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation and Capital which cater to the needs of Home Appliances, Financial services, Medical device, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Software Development and Engineering industries.
An online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
The company is the largest chemical producer in the world and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Main products include chemicals, plastics, performance chemicals, catalysts, coatings, crop technology, crude oil and natural gas exploration and production.
Another German multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Berlin and Munich. It is the largest engineering company in Europe. Main products and services include power generation technology, industrial and buildings automation, medical technology, railway vehicles, water treatment systems, fire alarms, PLM software, business services, financing, project engineering and construction.
31. Cisco Systems
An American multinational technology company headquartered in San Jose, California, that designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment. More products and services include networking device, network management, Cisco IOS and NX-OS Software Interface and Module Optical networking, Storage area networks, wireless, telepresence, VOIP, security.
32. Dow Chemical Company
An American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan. It is the second-largest chemical manufacturer in the world by revenue and was ranked second in the world by chemical production in 2014.
A French multinational automobile manufacturer that produces automobiles, commercial vehicles, luxury cars and provides financial services.
34. Fidelity Investments
An American multinational financial services corporation. It is the second largest mutual fund and financial services group in the world. Also provides online brokerage services.
A German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg. The company specializes on manufacturing cars, trucks and buses.
An American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Foster City, California, United States. It facilitates electronic funds transfers throughout the world, most commonly through Visa-branded credit cards and debit cards. Visa does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers; rather, Visa provides financial institutions with Visa-branded payment products that they then use to offer credit, debit, prepaid and cash-access programs to their customers.
An American chemical company. DuPont developed many polymers such as Vespel, neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar, Kevlar, Zemdrain, M5 fiber, Nomex, Tyvek, Sorona and Lycra. DuPont developed Freon (chlorofluorocarbons) for the refrigerant industry, and later more environmentally friendly refrigerants. It also developed synthetic pigments and paints including ChromaFlair.
A Japanese multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Hitachi is a highly diversified company that operates eleven business segments: Information & Telecommunication Systems, Social Infrastructure, High Functional Materials & Components, Financial Services, Power Systems, Electronic Systems & Equipment, Automotive Systems, Railway & Urban Systems, Digital Media & Consumer Products, Construction Machinery and Other Components & Systems.
A Swiss global health-care company that operates worldwide under two divisions: Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics.
An American multinational conglomerate corporation based in Maplewood, Minnesota. Main production consists of: adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental and orthodontic products, electronic materials, medical products, car-care products (sun films, polish, wax, car shampoo, treatment for the exterior, interior and the under chassis rust protection), electronic circuits, and optical films.
A Japanese multinational provider of information technology. NEC provides IT and network solutions to business enterprises, communications services providers and to government agencies, and has also been the biggest PC vendor in Japan since the 1980s.
An Irish medical device company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Medtronic operates in more than 140 countries and mainly produces medical devices.
43. JPMorgan Chase
An American multinational banking and financial services holding company headquartered in New York City. It is the largest bank in the United States, and the world’s sixth largest bank by total assets.
An American multinational pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in New York City. Pfizer develops and produces medicines and vaccines for a wide range of medical disciplines, including immunology, oncology, cardiology, diabetology/endocrinology, and neurology.
A Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world. Also products include mobile and fixed broadband networks, consultancy and managed services, multimedia technology, smartphones, tablet computers, dongles.
An American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services.
47. BT Group
A British multinational telecommunications services company with head offices in London, United Kingdom. It has operations in around 170 countries. Main products and services include fixedline telephony, mobile telephony, broadband internet, fibre-optic communication, digital television, IT services.
An American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in the MasterCard International Global Headquarters, Purchase, New York, United States. The company specializes in credit cards and payment systems.
A cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Main products are Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Platform, and Marketing Cloud.
A Chinese multinational computer technology company with headquarters in Beijing, China. It designs, develops, manufactures and sells personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions. In 2014, Lenovo was the world’s largest personal computer vendor by unit sales.