Exporting companies are more innovative than the others
Between 2010 and 2012, 53% of companies with 10 or more employees innovated among those falling within the scope of the Innovation Survey. 37% of the companies innovated in products or processes and 42% in organisation or marketing. One company in six introduced new products which did not previously exist in the marketplace. Within a constant segmental field, the propensity to innovate remained practically stable in the periods 2008-2010 and 2010-2012. Exporting companies innovate more than the others (64% compared to 43%), in particular to create new products. Close on half of the innovating companies have received governmental financial support. Companies tendering for public contracts or which undertake subcontracting work for third parties are on average more innovative.