Headquarters: Bangkok, Thailand

Industry sector: Cement, paper, building materials

SCG has a long history of leveraging intellectual property to launch into new business areas. Starting out as a cement producer in 1913, the company later began to manufacture other building materials before moving into paper production in the 1970s and chemical engineering during the following decade. In the late 2000s the company reorganised its IP function, centralising portfolio management and strategy in the group’s corporate technology office. This team is focused on building a high-quality patent portfolio and has instituted several measures to that effect; and the broad R&D base built up at SCG over many years means that it is now beginning to explore options for monetisation and collaboration with third parties.