The innovation can be broadly divided into technological innovation of the tool and innovation of product outer packaging. To be specific, the technological innovation of the tool can be divided into two stages.
In the early stage of the company's set up, most of the balance beam tools used to maintain the pavement smoothness were traditional contact mechanical balance beams in domestic. The first phase innovation of the company was to provide a sonic non-contact balance beam. The traditional balance beam required manual control during construction and was easily stained with a large amount of asphalt when the road was paved and it was difficult to clean up. New tools use sonic detection technology and does not stain with asphalt during the paving process. In recent years, the company has launched a second innovation based on the original product. Network transmission technology is used in new products. The non-contact balance beam is implanted with wireless network technology, and a corresponding APP is designed to control and detect the smoothness when paving the road. In addition, the company also innovated the outer packaging of products. The original packaging box made of wood board and toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic was replaced with a packaging box made of non-toxic polypropylene (PP) material. This new box is more durable and recyclable, which increasing sustainability.
Mr. MA, the company's founder, who has studied mechanical technology at the Dynapac technical training school in the late 1980s. He has also been to Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States to learn technology skills. When he has accumulated some experience and practice, he decided to commence the technological convergence which with new foreign technology and domestic existing technology. At that moment, China was also vigorously improving infrastructure and actively promoting sustainable industrialisation. Driven by this trend, he felt that investing in innovation of high-tech products will help promote productivity and economic development. In some recent years, with the development of big data, IT and network technologies have developed rapidly. He realised that he must keep pace with the times to enhance competitiveness, so he planned the network transmission technology appliedto the product with the company's technical department. Over the years, he realised that sustainable products that improve resource efficiency and support environmental protection are more competitive.
The general impact of innovation is to improve efficiency. The short-term effects of the innovation were keeping the company alive in that industry and making a profit. And the long-term effects are promoting sustainability and technology development.
In the early years, due to the country's promotion of infrastructure construction, the requirements for highway construction drove the demand for products. At that time, as an early domestic company that provided such products to lots of provinces in China and won the recognition of many customers. Mr. Ma said that at that time their company's products occupied around 80% of the marketplace in northwest China and achieved great profitability. Although innovations in packaging have increased costs, he believes that with the development of network technology recently, their innovative products will continue to bring good profits to the company, and sustainable packaging can improve the company's reputation and awareness.
The innovation has a good impact on society, in terms of offering job opportunities, engaging innovation and promoting the development of industrialisation and economy. This innovation reduces human error in construction, greatly improves productivity, breaks the industry monopoly of imported products in the early years, and promotes product diversification. Hence, it helps to achieve (SDG8): Decent Work and Economic Growth and (SDG9): Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.
This innovation also has environmental benefits. The innovative product does not stain with the asphalt during the paving process, which greatly saves the water and cleaning agent that used for cleaning tools. Since the polypropylene (PP) plastic that used in the new packaging box is non-toxic, it could improve biodegradability and eco-friendly. Reducing waste generation could reduce future environmental costs and promoting resource efficiency. Thus, it benefits to achieve (SDG12): Responsible Consumption and Production.
Guangwei MA, business founder
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Xi'an, SHAANXI SHENG, CN
Business Website: http://www.xagwgs.com/index.asp
Year Founded: 2003
Number of Employees: 11 to 50
The company's products are mainly used to assist machinery to pave the road smoothly. They provided innovative tools that could improve the resources' efficiency and strengthen people-to-people communication and cooperation. These high-tech products with a high value-added invested to show a positive impact on the environment and society. Xi’an Guangwei Construction Machinery Co., Ltd supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production (United Nations, 2020).