Apple has been named the world's most innovative company by the Boston Consulting Group. Last year's winner, Google parent Alphabet, is knocked down to second place.

Other notable placings include Microsoft in fourth place, Samsung in fifth and Facebook in 10th. Samsung is the most prominent non-US entry in a US-dominated chart, but several Chinese and German firms make the top 25, the British-Dutch Unilever is 45th and the Swedish businesses ABB and Volvo can be found in 43rd and 49th place respectively.

Some will be surprised to see Apple do so well; in recent years it has often been accused of copying from other companies. The complaints became so relentless that marketing boss Phil Schiller famously uttered the words "Can't innovate any more my ass" at the Mac Pro unveiling in 2013.

Here are the 25 most innovative companies according to the survey:

  1. Apple
  2. Alphabet (Google)
  3. Amazon
  4. Microsoft
  5. Samsung
  6. Huawei
  7. Alibaba
  8. IBM
  9. Sony
  10. Facebook
  11. Tesla
  12. Cisco
  13. Walmart
  14. Tencent
  15. HP
  16. Nike
  17. Netflix
  18. LG
  19. Intel
  20. Dell
  21. Siemens
  22. Target
  23. Philips
  24. Xiaomi
  25. Oracle

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.