Innovation is pivotal for CTI to maintaining business growth and pushing the boundaries of professional services. We keep abreast of the cutting-edge technology, foster innovative talent, keep improving our innovation incentive mechanism, and promote the culture of innovation. All these efforts aim to inspire employees’ innovative thinking and abilities, raise the Group’s competitiveness in technological innovation, and drive the innovation of the TIC industry as a whole. Our Innovation Research and Development Management Regulations has been formulated to regulate innovation activities within the Group. Early in 2007, CTI founded an institute, serving as an important platform for scientific research and other innovation activities. Our scientific research and innovation are focused on the following aspects: digital strategy, talent base construction, participation in the R&D, development and revision of international and domestic standards, patented inventions, and related scientific research projects. For the future, we intend to establish a number of research centers in different regions. They will specialize in varied professions, according to local industrial policies and our own development directions.
The digital revolution is already in full swing around the globe. Conforming to the trend in the digital age, CTI has launched its digital strategy. At the current stage, we focus digital transformation on two dimensions – CTI MALL and big data analysis. Starting from customers’ personalized needs, we drive business improvement through data analysis to raise operational efficiency and service quality, continuing to provide customers with tailor-made and high value-added services.
Talent Base Construction
We established a Postdoctoral Innovation Practice Base at the end of December 2018, upon approval by the Shenzhen Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of Guangdong Province, and began recruiting postdoctoral researchers in 2019. The practice base is designed to provide research projects and experimental platforms for young elites from colleges and institutes, who are expected to be outstanding research talent beneficial to the society. On the other hand, we intend to engage the doctors introduced to the practice base into forward-looking industry research, so that we could explore and train sci-tech talent of a higher level. These professionals are anticipated to form into a senior research team, providing technical support for CTI to enhance its competitiveness in technological innovation. Now there are 6 postdoctoral fellows in the practice base, who are researching in the fields of materials, chemistry, marine environment, rail transit, and environmental big data. Besides the post-doctoral innovation practice base, our academician workstation is under preparation as well.
R&D of Domestic and Foreign Standards
Over years, CTI has been engaged in the R&D, formulation and revision of international and domestic standards. Holding positions in many technical committees for standardization at home and abroad, we have participated in the drafting and revision of 500 standards and more. For example, we led in the drafting of the ISO 23472-2:2020 Foundry Machinery – Vocabulary – Part 2: Molding and Coremaking Machines and Other Equipment Related to Non-Permanent Mold Casting Process and joined in the development of the ISO 23472-1:2020 Foundry Machinery – Vocabulary – Part 1: General. Both standards were released in 2020. As of the end of 2020, we had rolled out more than 290 national standards, more than 170 industry standards, and nearly 10 group standards, with nearly 100 standard projects under research, formulation and revision.
Key Research Projects
We have launched and taken part in a number of research projects. While developing and improving our innovation capabilities, we have also been contributing our professional advantages to the industry and society. We take the lead in the project “Development and Application of Integrated Inspection and Testing Service Platform for Emerging Industries,” as a part of the R&D and Application Demonstration of Key Technology of Common Services in the Modern Service Industries – a national key R&D program launched by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The project serves key sectors such as new materials, new energy, energy saving and emission reduction, and environmental protection. It covers the inspection, testing, certification, calibration and other services for the entire process of the design and development, manufacturing, and O&M of important equipment, products and key parts. It is expected to make breakthroughs in over 20 key technologies. Through the project, CTI will be able to apply for more than 10 patents or software copyrights, and formulate a number of national, industry or core enterprise standards. As a result, a one-stop inspection and testing service collaboration platform will take shape, which works to match enterprises with testing service providers in a more efficient and accurate manner.