Danielle Bradnan, Tiffany Hua, and Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 13, 2019

The idea of 3D-printed organs and tissues has tantalized both the medical establishment and sci-fi fans for years, but cell cultures have been limited to 2D structures in traditional well plates since the early 1900s. The rapid growth of 3D printing in industrial applications has helped jump-start ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 13, 2019

Dutch developer of hydrogen/bromine flow batteries for stationary energy storage

The company makes hydrogen-bromine flow batteries for stationary energy storage applications. The company was founded by Wiebrand Kout in 2014, following a number of other energy storage companies like HyET and Nedstack. Among its investors, we emphasize the European technology investment group EIT ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Michael Sullivan

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 13, 2019

Like many manufacturers, Siemens, the largest producer of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), has increasingly added layers of digital control to its production systems, but it still faced the challenge of linking siloed islands of automation to fully optimize the manufacturing process. The ... read more.

Case Study

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

November 13, 2019

While in the past, manufacturing costs were driven by mass production – producing the same high-quality products at volume at high speed – today's costs are driven by mass customization – the ability to produce a wide variety of products to meet expanding market demand at volume at high speed. Mass ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 13, 2019

Develops perovskite-based quantum dots for display applications

Founded in 2018 by Jax Lee, Dr. Wong Ying-Chieh, and Prof. Tan Zhi Kuang based on academic work at the National University of Singapore (NUS), which exclusively licensed initial technology IP to the company Develops perovskite-based quantum dots and methods of their processing in fabrication light ... read more.
Company Profile

Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Serverless applications platform

The company was started by Nate Taggart (ex-CEO) and Chase Douglas (CTO) in 2016; the founding team, including the current CEO, Tim Zonca, have expertise in software development from various companies, including IBM, Canonical, and GitHub; however, they have limited prior entrepreneurship experience... read more.
Company Snapshot

Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Automated optical inspection of vehicles

Develops an automated optical inspection (AOI) system for vehicles that uses computer vision and deep learning to inspect vehicles throughout their life cycle, from manufacturing to ride-sharing to resale; use cases include automated inspection of anomalies, leaks, scratches, dents, foreign objects... read more.
Company Profile

Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Computer vision-based business intelligence platform

Develops a business intelligence solution that uses stereoscopic cameras and computer vision to analyze customer behavior and provides insights on how to optimize business operations for physical locations Claims differentiation with the high accuracy (up to 98%) of its people count feature, which ... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Digital light processing-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization, with open materials platform

Has developed a digital light processing (DLP)-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization (P3), with an open materials platform with validatd cost and performance improvements for a number of cases Has co-developed and validated several materials, including elastomers, ... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals (IMN) initiated a collaborative development project with other research institutions (ENEA, Ghent University, and Tecnalia) and Gefertec as the industry partner. The project's main objective is to manufacture copper (Cu) alloy parts for ... read more.

Case Study

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.