Apple Inc. – $11.60 bln
Industry: Hardware technologies and equipment
Apple’s investment in research and development did not exceed 5% for a long period of time. However, recent reports showed that the spending grew for the first time since the first iPhone was developed. Thus, in 2016, investment in research and development totaled $10 bln whereas, in 2017, the company spent $11.6 bln. That is why the seventh place goes to Apple.
Moreover, Apple has invited new employers who specialize in research and development. In the near future, the company is planning to focus on entirely new projects, including autonomous driving systems and augmented reality devices.