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Industrial automation innovation in beverages on the slide – data

07 Jan 2022

Industrial automation innovation in beverages on the slide – data
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Beverage companies’ research and innovation activity in industrial automation has declined slightly, according to recent data.

The most recent figures, for the three months to the end of October, show that the number of industrial automation patent applications in the industry stood at two – down from six over the same period in 2020. Figures for patent grants related to industrial automation followed a similar pattern to filings, decreasing from 12 in the three-month period a year earlier to ten.


The figures provide an insight into the largest innovators in drinks, with PepsiCo leading the way in the quarter. The US-headquartered group filed two industrial automation-related patents in the three months, the same as the number filed in the corresponding period 12 months earlier.

PepsiCo was followed by Carlsberg with one industrial automation patent application.


The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis alongside patent classifications, these are grouped into thematic areas and linked to key companies across various industries.

Industrial automation is one of the areas identified by GlobalData as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years. Companies investing resources in these areas now are expected to reap future rewards.

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