2017 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - corporate

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 BASF SE, Germany 2.90 2.93 27 3.5%
2 Center for Nanotechnology GmbH (CeNTech GmbH), Germany 0.62 2.56 12 323.3%
3 Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany 0.47 1.25 15 173.6%
4 OSRAM AG, Germany 0.50 1.02 4 108.1%
5 Merck KGaA, Germany 2.54 1.01 4 -59.2%
6 Becker & Hickl GmbH, Germany 0.75 2 N/A
7 Aixtron SE, Germany 0.73 2 N/A
8 Singulus Technologies AG, Germany 0.57 0.66 5 18.5%
9 Nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH, Germany 1.20 0.63 1 -46.5%
10 Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Germany 0.62 2 N/A
11 Raith GmbH, Germany 0.59 2 N/A
12 Nanion Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.33 0.50 1 53.5%
13 Corrected Electron Optical Systems GmbH (CEOS), Germany 0.18 0.47 1 162.7%
14 Lanxess AG, Germany 0.44 1 N/A
14 Trumpf Laser GmbH, Germany 0.44 1 N/A
15 EWE AG, Germany 0.44 2 N/A
16 Plansee Composite Materials GmbH, Germany 0.33 0.40 1 22.8%
17 Siemens AG, Germany 1.11 0.40 14 -63.2%
18 Medizinisches Laserzentrum Lübeck GmbH, Germany 0.39 1 N/A
19 Laser Quantum GmbH, Germany 0.35 2 N/A
20 MenloSystems, Germany 0.34 2 N/A
21 Daimler AG, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
22 Cynora GmbH, Germany 0.40 0.30 1 -23.2%
23 PNSensor GmbH, Germany 0.10 0.26 3 167.2%
24 AMO GmbH, Germany 0.32 0.25 1 -18.8%
24 NOXXON Pharma AG, Germany 1.11 0.25 1 -77.0%
24 Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
25 NAsP III/V GmbH, Germany 0.07 0.23 2 231.7%
26 PNDetector GmbH, Germany 0.23 1 N/A
27 Novaled AG, Germany 0.22 1 N/A
28 CreaPhys GmbH, Germany 0.17 0.20 1 22.8%
29 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Germany 0.15 0.19 2 32.2%
29 SAP AG, Germany 0.15 0.19 2 32.2%
30 Magnetfabrik Bonn GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
30 FEE Gmbh, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
31 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.55 0.14 1 -73.6%
32 Sim4tec GmbH, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
33 von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH (vH&S), Germany 0.11 2 N/A
34 Heraeus Holding GmbH, Germany 0.06 0.10 1 84.2%
35 Attocube Systems AG, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
35 iThera Medical GmbH, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
36 Bundesdeutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Veränderliche Sterne e.V. (BAV), Germany 0.09 1 N/A
37 NPI Electronic GmbH, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
38 Infineon Technologies AG, Germany 0.85 0.06 1 -93.3%
38 Neaspec GmbH, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
39 Center for Applied Nanotechnology (CAN GmbH - Hamburg), Germany 0.03 1 N/A
40 Otto Bock Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
41 Dausinger + Giesen GmbH, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
42 Toptica Photonics AG, Germany 0.17 0.02 1 -86.4%

Footnote

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.