Research and innovation in industrial automation in the packaging sector is on the rise.

The most recent figures show that the number of industrial automation related patent applications in the industry stood at 29 in the three months ending June – up from 26 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to industrial automation followed a different pattern to filings – shrinking from 20 in the three months ending June 2021 to 18 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.

Industrial automation 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.

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

AptarGroup Inc was the top industrial automation innovator in the packaging sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed 15 industrial automation related patents in the three months ending June. That was up from 4 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based O-I Glass Inc with 5 industrial automation patent applications, Japan based Toyo Seikan Group Holdings Ltd (3 applications), and the United States based Silgan Holdings Inc (2 applications).

AptarGroup Inc has recently ramped up R&D in industrial automation. It saw growth of 73.3% in related patent applications in the three months ending June compared to the same period in 2021 - the highest percentage growth out of all companies tracked with more than 10 quarterly patents in the packaging sector.