The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability and workplace safety, and the growing importance of technologies such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and robotics as well as higher quality construction products and materials. In the last three years alone, there have been over 425,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Modular construction in construction: mobile scaffolds.  Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 232,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the construction industry, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Mobile scaffolds are a key innovation area in modular construction 

A mobile scaffold provides a movable working platform that is beneficial for tasks such as painting and plastering. It consists of a scaffold that can be adjusted for size and shape set on wheels or casters, allowing for fast manoeuvrability. 

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of mobile scaffolds. 

Key players in mobile scaffolds – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry  

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to mobile scaffolds

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Shanghai Construction Group 51 Unlock Company Profile
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council 48 Unlock Company Profile
Mondragon Cooperativa 33 Unlock Company Profile
China State Construction Engineering 31 Unlock Company Profile
PERI 31 Unlock Company Profile
KONE 24 Unlock Company Profile
Wobben Properties 22 Unlock Company Profile
China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Group 13 Unlock Company Profile
Brand Industrial Services 13 Unlock Company Profile
MEVA Schalungs-Systeme 13 Unlock Company Profile
ThyssenKrupp 10 Unlock Company Profile
China MCC20 Group 9 Unlock Company Profile
China Communications Construction Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
China MCC5 Group 7 Unlock Company Profile
MCC5 Group Shanghai 7 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Ershiye Construction 6 Unlock Company Profile
China State Shipbuilding 5 Unlock Company Profile
China Third Metallurgical Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Safe Rack 4 Unlock Company Profile
Global Dominion Access 4 Unlock Company Profile
China Metallurgical Group 3 Unlock Company Profile
Cccc Wuhan Harbour Eng Design & Res Inst 3 Unlock Company Profile
Power Construction Corporation of China 3 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 3 Unlock Company Profile
Sam Carbis Asset Management 2 Unlock Company Profile
HD Hyundai 2 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Construction Engineering Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
The Second Construction Co Ltd of China Construction Third Engineering Bureau 2 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Urban Construction Yatai Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung C&T 2 Unlock Company Profile
Country Garden 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Engineering & Construction 2 Unlock Company Profile
Zhucheng Technology (Shenzhen) 2 Unlock Company Profile
Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Chemical Engineering 2 Unlock Company Profile
Wuye Group Shanghai 1 Unlock Company Profile
YCIH No 6 Construction 1 Unlock Company Profile
AFC Mercury 1 Unlock Company Profile
Shandong Road And Bridge Construction 1 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Jinggong Steel Building Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
China Railway No 3 Construction and Installation Engineering 1 Unlock Company Profile
China Aerospace Construction Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
First Construction Engineering Constr 2Nd Engineering Bureau 1 Unlock Company Profile
No6 Engineering of China Railway 20Th Bureau Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Safeway Services 1 Unlock Company Profile
The First Company of China Eighth Engineering Bureau 1 Unlock Company Profile
Anhui Construction Engineering Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Erchu Of China Railway Tunnel Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Baishan Zhongtian Development Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
China Construction First Group The Sixth Construction 1 Unlock Company Profile
Kumkang Kind 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Shanghai Construction Group, China’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), Mondragon, and PERI are among the leading innovators in the mobile scaffold space. 

One of PERI’s recent innovations to improve the efficiency and safety of mobile scaffold usage involves the use of hydraulic cylinders, power units, and control units designed to allow the operator to raise and lower the height of the scaffold. In addition, the climbing unit would also extend and retract synchronously with the formwork, mitigating excess safety risks arising from exposed falling edges.

In terms of application diversity, the leading companies are Wobben Properties, Shandong Road and Bridge Construction, and KONE. The leading companies in terms of geographic reach are Wobben Properties, Brand Industrial Services, and MEVA Schalungs-Systeme.   

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the construction industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Construction.

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