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GENEVA: June 21, 2017 – Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, U.S. and UK are the world's most innovative countries according to a new report by produced by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Now in its 10 edition, the Global Innovation Index surveys 130 economies using dozens of metrics - from patent filings to education spending - for a high-level look at the innovative activity that increasingly drives economic and social growth.

Rhenus innovationKey findings for 2017 show the rise of India as an emerging innovation center, high innovation performance in Sub-Saharan Africa relative to development, and an opportunity to improve innovation capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The report also reveals that Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Viet Nam are working to improve their level of innovation and rank high in a number of important indicators related to education, R&D, productivity growth and high-tech exports.

Switzerland leads the rankings for the seventh consecutive year as high-income economies take 24 of the top 25 spots. In 2016 China became the first-ever middle income economy in the top 25 and currently is placed No.22.

"Innovation is the engine of economic growth in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, but more investment is needed to help boost human creativity and economic output," said WIPO director general Francis Gurry. "Innovation can help transform the current economic upswing into longer-term growth."

In a related announcement, more than 260 Rhenus Logistics employees from 28 different countries have been participating in a corporate initiative to find innovative ways to improve company processes and products.

Next month 16 teams who survived several preliminary rounds will compete to implement their innovative solutions involving augmented reality, space optimization, online chats with broadcasts as well as new products and logistics concepts.

"It was easy to arouse the innovative spirit in our employees. They're highly motivated when it comes to shaping our business and solving our customers' problems. They themselves want to be forces for change," commented Tobias Bartz, Rhenus Board and jury member.

Rhenus has business sites at over 580 locations worldwide and employs more than 28,000 people. Pictured (right) are some of the finalists in Bangkok from the company's 'Rhevo' innovation project.

Global Innovation Index 2017:GII

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