Katrina Westerhof

Digital Transformation

November 14, 2019

With pervasive connectivity, cheap sensing, and the rise of advanced analytics, industries that have not traditionally been digital-forward are seeing rapid, transformative change as they collect and use more data than ever before and as their product ecosystems become digitized. As digital becomes ... read more.

State of the Market Report
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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Flexible Li-ion battery company

The company was founded in 2016 by Ming Xie, Ph.D., who in the same year also founded parent company Enerol Nanotechnologies, developer of a range of wearables. BattFlex claims to have received $250,000 from the People's Republic of China and to have achieved more than 1 million units in sales. The ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Disease diagnostic tests for bovine livestock

The company was started by Rudy Rodriguez (chief scientific officer), who was the vice president of research and development for BD Worldwide's Primary Care Diagnostics Division prior to starting Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD). So far, the company has raised about $41.8 million in venture capital... read more.
Company Snapshot

Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Plastic waste is the highest-profile issue facing the chemicals industry today, and major materials and chemicals companies have responded by making a dizzying flurry of commitments, investments, and partnerships in advanced recycling tech. To help clients unravel this space, we put together the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

November 13, 2019

Given that Lux has named 5G the No. 1 technology to watch for in 2020 and recent industry announcements tout technology rollout battles between the U.S. and China, one could be forgiven for believing that 5G has already expanded into full deployment. But in actuality, as stated in our 5G use case ... read more.

Analyst Insight

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.
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How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

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.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

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.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

How to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.