The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity is driven by the need for improving the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, reduction in harmful gas emissions, and enhanced driving experience and growing importance of technologies such as hybrid technologies and fuel injections. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Environmental sustainability in Automotive: Engine anti-knock agents.  Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Engine anti-knock agents is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability 

An anti-knock agent is a gasoline additive that increases the temperature and pressure at which auto-ignition occurs. It helps to reduce engine knocking and raising the octane rating of the fuel. Tetraethyl lead (TEL) is the most used anti-knocking agent for gasoline.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 50+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of engine anti-knock agents. 

Key players in engine anti-knock agents – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry 

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators. 

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to engine anti-knock agents

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Ford Motor 219 Unlock Company Profile
Gane Energy & Resources 95 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 92 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 83 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 80 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor Group 78 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 73 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 43 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 39 Unlock Company Profile
BorgWarner 36 Unlock Company Profile
Ricardo 35 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 34 Unlock Company Profile
Nostrum Energy 33 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 32 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 30 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 26 Unlock Company Profile
Caterpillar 25 Unlock Company Profile
Wartsila 24 Unlock Company Profile
Marelli Holdings 23 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 23 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 21 Unlock Company Profile
CNH Industrial 20 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 20 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 19 Unlock Company Profile
Newlenoir 18 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi Zosen 18 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 17 Unlock Company Profile
Burelle 15 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 15 Unlock Company Profile
AB Volvo 14 Unlock Company Profile
Valeo 13 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 12 Unlock Company Profile
IMAGINEERING 11 Unlock Company Profile
Westport Power 11 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 10 Unlock Company Profile
iLab 10 Unlock Company Profile
Komatsu 9 Unlock Company Profile
IRCA 8 Unlock Company Profile
Mahle 8 Unlock Company Profile
AVL List 8 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 7 Unlock Company Profile
Yamaha Motor 7 Unlock Company Profile
Suzuki Motor 7 Unlock Company Profile
Hanon Systems 6 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
NGK Insulators 6 Unlock Company Profile
Rheinmetall 6 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 6 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 6 Unlock Company Profile
Garrett Motion 6 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Ford is one of the top patent filers for engine anti-knock agents with 219 patent filings. Ford’s recent innovations relate to an optimised fuel management system to be used with spark ignition gasoline engines, in which an anti-knock agent is directly injected into the engine along with fuel. Hyundai, Toyota, and General Motors are some of the other patent filers for anti-knock engine agents.

To further understand how environmental sustainability is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.