Did you ever get a feeling that it would have been easier to start your graphene business in a different country? Conversely, do you intend to start a graphene company, and don’t mind changing countries to get the best conditions, but don’t know where to go? This year’s Emerging Technology Index (ETI) from Cientifica solves the dilemma, by ranking countries for the best (and worst) places to establish an emerging technology business.
With its disruptive potential, recent discovery, and new opportunities for addressing global issues, graphene falls right into the definition of an emerging technology, even featuring on the cover of Cientifica’s report. The ETI considers the Global Competitiveness Index, published by the World Economic Forum, which ranks countries more generally by economic competitiveness. Based on this ranking, but with a focus on emerging technologies, Cientifica makes its’ own ranking, with additional criteria such as availability of scientists and engineers, capacity for innovation, university-industry collaboration in R&D, etc. The results are not entirely surprising, but do contain some interesting observations.
Taking into account the continuing political turmoil and occasional outbursts of violence, it is not surprising that Yemen would not be the best of places to start your graphene business. However, the USA does not hold top position, as it did in the previous study 6 years ago. That position is now taken by Switzerland, while the USA has slipped to third place, after Finland. The UK rose from number 12 to number 9, while Singapore went from number 8 to number 4. Korea just barely slipped, from 16 to 17.
It would be interesting to see a similar ranking for graphene enterprises in particular. An additional criterion could be, for example, the presence of graphene research groups in a country. With graphene research excellence in mind, obviously the UK could gain a percentage or two. The change might be enough to push the USA past Finland, and perhaps even to first place. Also, with the additional points, South Korea and Canada should be able to eke up past Malaysia, the first due to the presence of Samsung, Graphene Square, and PlanarTech, among others, and the latter due to all the graphite mining companies pushing towards production. Let us hope that the day when our industry is large enough for such an analysis from experts like Cientifica comes soon.
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Source: Cientifica ETI report