2019 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - corporate

The 2019 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2017 Share 2018 Count 2018 Change in Adjusted Share 2017-2018*
1 Thales S.A., France 3.81 4.23 36 5.1%
2 Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), Netherlands 0.10 1.87 5 1,670.8%
3 BASF SE, Germany 0.73 1.64 16 112.6%
4 Center for Nanotechnology GmbH (CeNTech GmbH), Germany 1.30 1.46 9 6.1%
5 Surflay Nanotec GmbH, Germany 1.43 2 N/A
6 IQE plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.37 1.07 3 177.1%
7 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.52 1.01 5 85.1%
8 Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Sweden 1.21 1.00 6 -21.9%
9 OSRAM AG, Germany 0.42 0.99 3 124.4%
10 Haldor Topsøe A/S, Denmark 0.80 0.93 2 9.8%
11 National Metrology and Testing (LNE), France 0.42 0.92 9 106.1%
12 Nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH, Germany 0.17 0.90 2 410.6%
13 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.31 0.89 3 171.0%
14 AMO GmbH, Germany 0.89 5 N/A
15 AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria 0.55 0.80 9 37.3%
16 Anglo American plc, United Kingdom (UK) 0.60 0.77 4 22.0%
17 Research Center for Non Destructive Testing GmbH (RECENDT), Austria 0.64 0.75 1 10.3%
18 Nokia Corporation, Finland 1.75 0.64 8 -65.4%
19 DENSsolutions B.V., Netherlands 0.07 0.63 3 738.5%
20 Trumpf Laser GmbH, Germany 0.50 0.63 1 18.2%
21 NanOsc AB, Sweden 0.62 4 N/A
22 ASML, Netherlands 0.07 0.61 3 696.1%
23 ELI-HU Nonprofit Ltd., Hungary 0.84 0.60 6 -32.8%
24 Seaborough Research B.V., Netherlands 0.57 1 N/A
25 Unilever, United Kingdom (UK) 0.65 0.56 3 -18.2%
26 Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 0.53 2 0.3%
27 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 0.90 0.52 4 -45.9%
28 Xsensio SA, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
28 Dyson Technology Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1 N/A
28 TVR Iaşi, Romania 0.50 2 N/A
29 Merck KGaA, Germany 1.86 0.49 2 -75.1%
30 Safran Group, France 0.45 2 N/A
31 Graphenea SA, Spain 1.29 0.44 2 -67.9%
32 CrayoNano AS, Norway 0.44 1 N/A
33 Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH, Germany 0.25 0.39 3 48.1%
34 Soitec S.A., France 0.33 0.39 1 10.3%
35 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 0.25 0.38 1 41.8%
35 Saint-Gobain SA, France 1.08 0.38 2 -67.3%
35 SweGaN AB, Sweden 0.38 1 N/A
36 Sol Voltaics AB, Sweden 0.61 0.37 1 -42.7%
37 Greenerwave, France 0.35 2 N/A
38 Singulus Technologies AG, Germany 0.25 0.34 3 25.5%
39 Dassault Systèmes (3DS), France 0.04 0.33 1 614.4%
39 Sparrow Quantum A/S, Denmark 0.33 1 N/A
39 PNDetector GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
39 nextnano GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
39 EcamRicert S.r.l., Italy 0.33 1 N/A
39 Matelys - Research Lab, France 0.33 1 N/A
39 AGC Glass Europe SA, Belgium 0.33 1 N/A
40 MIP Diagnostics Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 0.30 1 98.6%
40 Abberior Instruments GmbH, Germany 0.64 0.30 1 -55.9%
41 TopGaN Ltd., Poland 0.30 3 N/A
42 BeDimensional Srl, Italy 0.29 3 N/A
43 Sanofi, France 0.43 0.29 1 -35.7%
44 METabolic EXplorer S.A., France 0.29 1 N/A
45 Accurion GmbH, Germany 0.29 1 N/A
45 Forschungsinstitut für Anorganische Werkstoffe - Glas/Keramik - GmbH (FGK), Germany 0.29 1 N/A
46 Siemens AG, Germany 0.45 0.28 8 -40.7%
47 QuantumWise A/S, Denmark 1.48 0.27 1 -82.9%
48 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 1.45 0.27 6 -82.6%
49 LunaLEC AB, Sweden 0.25 0.25 1 -5.4%
49 Nel ASA, Norway 0.29 0.25 1 -17.3%
49 Picosun Oy, Finland 0.25 1 N/A
49 Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB), Austria 0.25 1 N/A
49 Iota Sciences Ltd., United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1 N/A
49 Seaborg Technologies Aps, Denmark 0.25 1 N/A
49 SWISSto12 SA, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
50 Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany 0.02 0.25 7 933.3%

Footnote

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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.