FANUC Named Top Global Innovator


FANUC Corporation—the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC systems, robots, and machine tools—has recently been named by Thomson Reuters as a 2011 Top 100 Global InnovatorSM. This new program is an initiative that recognizes the world’s most innovative organizations as a result of analyzing patent data and related metrics in a proprietary methodology. The program evaluates innovation performance of companies that invent on a significant scale, work on developments that are acknowledged as innovative by others around the world and whose inventions are globally protected due to their importance.

Methodology is based on four principle criteria: patent approval success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, patent influence in literature citations, and overall patent volume. The peer-reviewed methodology was executed using the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI), Derwent Patents Citations Index™, Quadrilateral Patent Index™, and Thomson Innovation®, the IP and intelligence collaboration platform. Comparative financial analysis was done using the Thomson Reuters Eikon platform, the single source for turning financial information into action. This is the second top innovation recognition that FANUC has received in 2011.  Forbes magazine also named FANUC one of the top 100 companies on their “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list.

Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of CNC equipment. FANUC’s innovative technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines.  Today FANUC has more than 600 engineers working in R&D to provide the most reliable, efficient, and innovative CNC systems available. With 50 years of experience and more than 2,200,000 CNCs and 220,000 robots installed worldwide, FANUC is the undeniable global leader in CNC and robotics. Learn more at