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April 11, 2022

Supply chain & logistics innovation among naval industry companies has dropped off in the last year

Analysis of patent filings shows a shrinking level of supply chain and logistics related applications in the industry over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in supply chain & logistics in the naval equipment and technologies sector has declined in the last year.

The most recent figures show that the number of supply chain and logistics related patent applications in the industry stood at five in the three months ending February – down from 14 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to supply chain and logistics followed a different pattern to filings – growing from eight in the three months ending February 2021 to 13 in the same period in 2022.

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

Supply chain and logistics is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

The Boeing Co was the top supply chain and logistics innovator in the naval equipment and technologies sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed six supply chain and logistics related patents in the three months ending February. That was down from 21 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the France based Thales SA with six supply chain and logistics patent applications, and the United States based Northrop Grumman Corp (3 applications).

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