The annual report shows the size, structure and importance of SMEs for the European economy and provides an overview of the past and projected development of SMEs since 2008. This year’s edition focuses on the performance of SMEs in the fields of research, development and innovation (R&I).SMEs are the backbone of the EU-28 economy. In 2018 there were just over 25 million SMEs, representing 99.8 % of all enterprises in the EU-28 non-financial business sector. The value-added of these enterprises was 56.4 %, and the employment share 66.6 %.
DIW Weekly Report 36 / 2019, pp. 631-639
More than every fourth patent filed by large German companies is based on inventions made in their research laboratories abroad. In three-quarters of the cases, the companies concentrate on technologies in which they are also particularly strong in Germany. The technological performance of research and development at home thus largely determines the innovative strength of German companies operating worldwide.
Huawei commissioned DIW Econ to determine the economic significance of the company for Germany. This study aimed to describe the economic footprint of Huawei for Germany as a business location in qualitative and quantitative terms.
Huawei Technologies is a global leader in the digital economy with headquarters in Shenzhen (China) and is active in over 170 countries. The largest locations in Germany are the Western European headquarters in Düsseldorf and the site in Munich, where the company operates a major research centre.
DIW Weekly Report 9/2019 p. 112-121
Italy has not recovered from the economic consequences of the financial and sovereign debt crisis for a good ten years. This is partly due to Italy’s traditional growth drivers, namely manufacturing and construction, both of which have seen their employment levels fall by 700,000. On the other hand, unlike in many other EU countries, the new growth sectors in Italy, such as knowledge-intensive services, are stagnating.
On behalf of the Association of the German Biofuels Industry (VDB), DIW Econ is investigating the question of what contribution biofuels will make to emission reductions in the transport sector by 2030.
The source materials for biofuel production – this applies both to cultivated biomass and to the source materials of waste-based and advanced biofuels – can only be sustainably provided in limited quantities.