Innovation Scouting for a Construction Chemical Company

Initial Situation

Our client, a prominent German company in the building chemical industry, has embarked on a comprehensive digital transformation initiative. To enhance their understanding of evolving trends in China's construction sector, they engaged us to assist in planning and executing a study tour.

STM has supported the ARDEX Group to arrange an “Innovation Scouting Tour” through China for our international innovation team. The tour was very well prepared and a great success as STM were able to arrange visits to true innovation leaders in the Chinese construction technology space, covering robotics, digital innovations and new materials. With the help of STM, our team could meet decision makers and innovators face to face to exchange views and to advance knowledge. I can highly recommend STM's services.

Dr. Andreas Oberecker
Managing Director Asia, ARDEX Group

Project History

Identification and Planning: We compiled a list of 20 potential companies that are at the forefront of technology related to the construction industry, including:

  • Big Data/SaaS/AI

  • Robotics/drones

  • 3D Printing

  • New Materials

  • Virtual Reality and Blended Learning

Organization of Visits: We organized and confirmed seven targeted visits in Shanghai to ensure a diverse exposure to innovative practices.

Tour Execution: We conducted the tour, ensuring smooth operations and meaningful engagements with each company.


  • Comprehensive Overview: The tour provided a comprehensive overview of the Chinese startup ecosystem in technologies pivotal to the construction industry.

  • In-Depth Insights: Participants gained detailed insights from each company visit, enhancing their understanding of technological advancements and their potential applications in construction.

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