China’s construction and building material markets have seen tremendous growth, as they are playing an increasingly important role in China’s quickly developing economy. The fundamentals for construction and building material investing remain strong driven by a host of initiatives incorporated in the Chinese government’s 12th five-year plan.

On paper, these are ideal conditions for companies looking for growth in otherwise still lackluster global construction markets. What is the right approach to take advantage of these opportunities? Build the business organically? Establish a foothold by acquiring existing local players? Or stay away from it all together, given the well-known challenges of doing business in China? L.E.K. Consulting’s report explores the considerations to evaluate these options: build, buy or budge.

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