Last year alone, there were 772mn people online in China, representing 56% of the country’s...
Welcome to our September edition of Construction Global!
Last year alone, there were 772mn people online in China, representing 56% of the country’s 1.4bn population. With a huge customer base and with China looking to surpass the United States as the world leader in GDP terms, it is no surprise that many major international organisations and businesses are increasingly turning towards the country. There are, however, many hurdles to clear as access to the technology sector in particular is still subject to tight regulation.
“Those figures alone show that it truly is an amazing market,” says Oliver Jones, Chief Executive of data centre developers Chayora. “But in order to be able to have access to this massive and valuable population, you cannot operate effectively from overseas. You have to have your servers inside mainland China, in a properly licenced data centre and that’s what starts to present challenges to aspirant new entrants.”
We also spend some time with Ben Highfield, Surface Product Manager at Microsoft, who tells us why its range of touchscreen devices is revolutionising architectural design. Launched in 2012, Microsoft’s Surface range of devices, with convertible desktops, interactive whiteboards and industry-led software has empowered architects to better envisage and inform their projects. “We feel we have a fantastic portfolio of devices now that really complement the industry,” he explains.
We also chew the fat with Epcor Water and look at how unmanned aerial vehicles are changing construction with Mike Winn of Drone Deploy.
Elsewhere we flag up the best construction conferences in town as well as Europe’s top ten housing developers.