NSSMC Receives 2012 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator Award

nssmcNippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC; Chairman & CEO – Mr. Shoji Muneoka) has received a “Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator Award,” which honors the world’s top 100 most innovative corporations and institutions, and was presented with a trophy today.

In this second year of the award, Thomson Reuters has selected companies that are engaged in innovative R&D activities and superior intellectual property activities, based on its strict objective data, analysis, and standards.

The award has four evaluation criteria for selection: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio  and patent influence as evidenced by citations. NSSMC was highly regarded, particularly in the criteria of overall patent volume, global reach of the portfolio  and patent influences as evidenced by citations. Our efforts in protecting intellectual property rights and developing globally influential innovations have been acknowledged.

In the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators list, 25 Japanese companies were represented, while NSSMC was the only company selected from the global metal refining industry including steel.

NSSMC continues to pursue world-leading technologies and manufacturing capabilities, and contribute to society  by providing excellent products and services. We are determined to aggressively promote R&D activities, protect and utilize our intellectual property and earnestly support our global business development.

From left: Toshiyuki Tomii, Representative Director, Thomson Reuters
Masakazu Iwaki, Representative Director and Executive Vice President Representative Director, NSSMC