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Our history

1992-1999

Shaoqiang Li, our founder was the vice president of the Paint Industry Research Institute of the Ministry of Chemical Industry. During his tenure, he cooperated with Rohm and Haas and BASF in the production of latex paint for construction, and cooperated with Nippon Paint to promote applications in northern China.

Rohm and Haas

1999-2002

Shaoqiang established the China Coatings Network. During this period, he onboarded and provided market services to international suppliers, resulting in the signing and successful implementation of multiple technology introduction projects, including Imperial Chemical Industries (“Dulux”), Sherwin-Williams, PPG, and AkzoNobel.

AkzoNobel

2002-2004

In close collaboration with companies including Bayer, BASF, and BYK Additives & Instruments, Shaoqiang created an integrated, holistic, and efficient technical management and production system for water-based decorative paint products, specifically designed for the Chinese domestic market. He promoted the production system to Chinese paint manufacturers and developed the end-user market of construction contractors.

BYK

2004-2007

Through in-depth cooperation with Sto AG, Alligator Farbwerke and Singapore Nippon Paint, Shaoqiang led the creation of an  integrated energy-saving finishing system for exterior wall insulation and waterproof decoration, which was supported by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development. Amongst its many users are well-known domestic real estate companies, including Vanke, Evergrande, and Gemdale.

中国恒大

2008-2015

Shaoqiang established strategic partnerships with Doubrava Industrieanlagenbau GmbH, m-tec, Wacker Chemie AG and China Building Material Academy for the R&D and production of building materials. This joint research combined market trends and policies with targeted development of special products and markets, providing application experiments and case data, and promoting advanced production line equipment and products.

doubrava

Shaoqiang also collaborated with Putzmeister Holding GmbH, Changsha Sany Heavy Industry, and Zoomlion in the mechanized construction field, conducting pilot projects with the China Construction Fourth Engineering Bureau for Vanke Jinyu Blue Bay and Huxin Island (Xiamen), Evergrande Yayuan (Changsha) and Wanxiang Tiancheng (Shijiazhuang), amongst other high-profile real estate projects. 

SANY

2017

Jia and Shaoqiang Li began planning A&C, hoping to use the experience accumulated in the past few decades to help international companies achieve better development in the construction and building materials industry in China.

Planning

2018

Endorsement

A&C received support and an official endorsement from the University College London Incubator.

IDEALondon

2019

A&C founded.

Opening

Arcas & Callisto Consulting

2022

1st milestone

A&C successfully launched the Horizon Europe project 'RECONMATIC'. Working with 20+ partners from seven countries, the project seeks to increase automation in the construction waste recycling process and promote valorised recycling.

 

A&C coordinates research collaboration with Chinese partners, including the Chinese Association of Circular Economy, the China Academy of Building Research, and the China Building Materials Academy.

RECONMATIC

2023

Brand relaunch

Arcas & Callisto

As a consultancy, A&C has adopted "Transparency Builds Trust " as the core value of its business, and is committed to building efficient and transparent cross-cultural communication channels between China and the UK. 

In order to better convey the company's philosophy, A&C updated its logo, inspired by "Dialogue and Communication".