November 27, 2020 | Press Release

Arcadis partners with Alibaba to support digital and scientific research and innovation in China

China is arguably at the center of digital innovation, attracting attention and investment from both the State and private tech giants. In March this year, Alibaba chairman Daniel Zhang, spoke to shareholders of the “unstoppable” digital transformation of the economy and society. And their growth plans are ambitious. The company aims to grow consumption and active customers significantly both at home and internationally and is planning investments in digital infrastructure related to digital logistics, digital e-commerce, and cloud computing.

Arcadis has partnered with Alibaba for over four years, delivering cost and commercial management services across their project sites including the Alibaba DAMO Academy which dedicated to exploring the unknown through scientific and technological research and innovation, supporting Alibaba’s growth plans and the DAMO Academy’s pursuit of the betterment of humanity. 

Most recently, Alibaba appointed Arcadis to deliver cost and commercial management service on their new Cainiao Xihu Yungu project in Hangzhou. When complete the development will serve as the headquarters for Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics arm, and support the company’s market-leading technology with world-class facilities. 
Alex Zou, Executive Director at Arcadis, said, “Arcadis is proud to be a long-standing partner of Alibaba Group, supporting the company to deliver on their science and innovation ambitions and embrace technology to improve the human experience, making it accessible to everyone.” 

Arcadis was awarded the Excellent Partner Award at the Alibaba 2019 Partnership Conference, becoming the only construction company receiving this award. This award represents a top-grade partner who has priority in negotiating for future project opportunities from their real estate department without bidding. The partnership with Alibaba has also grown internationally with Arcadis team recently completing a project in Malaysia with Alibaba Cainiao in Malaysia.

About Arcadis

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 28,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.5 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

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