Present conditions of highly competitive environment lead the owners and management of metallurgical enterprises to a strategic orientation on innovation, which is necessary for their durability and obtaining a significant market position. For efficient implementation of innovation activities, it is essential to compare with others and to look for ways to use the collected knowledge. The steel industry has its specifics of material and energy intensity, the metallurgical production itself is associated with environmental burdens, and metallurgical companies have to cope with the low competition. It is the implementation of innovation activities that leads to securing production at the high-tech level and thus ensuring the viability of metallurgical enterprises. The paper aims to evaluate innovation activities of innovative metallurgical companies based in the Czech Republic. According to the methodology of Eurostat in 2010, innovative enterprises are considered as innovating enterprises that introduced one of the following innovations, namely product, process, marketing and organizational. The valuation will be based on data available at the Statistical Office in the Czech Republic within section 24 according to the CZ-NACE classification. Innovation activities will primarily be evaluated by their subject character, the way of development and results of the implementation of technical innovations, the novelty of product innovations, the initiator of innovation activities including barriers limiting innovation activities. The results obtained will be compared with those in the manufacturing industry. Based on the results obtained, the knowledge base on innovation activities of metallurgical enterprises will be expanded.Keywords: Innovation activities, technical innovations, non-technical innovations, obstacles for realization of innovations, metallurgical enterprises
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