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Hirosei Kuruma

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

December 14, 2018

Stationless bicycle sharing

The company was started by CEO Hu Weiwei and former CEO Davis Wang in 2015 to provide stationless bicycle sharing and acquired by Meitu Dianping for $2.7 billion in April 2018. The company makes bicycles with connected locks that can be locked and unlocked by consumers using QR codes. Key ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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December 14, 2018

The indoor growth of crops in vertical stacks. Vertical farming continues to grow as a viable production alternative for high-value leafy greens. The cost associated with producing vegetables and other crops remains high, but cannabis production offers a solid opportunity for vertical farming. ... read more.

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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 14, 2018

Textile processing for functional finishes

MTIX is a wholly owned subsidiary of MTIX International; MTIX International began work that would relate to its computer numerical control and processing equipment in the 1930s; MTIX began to focus on textile applications in 2011. The company develops proprietary equipment and software for the pre- ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 14, 2018

Contract manufacturer of autoclaved carbon fiber parts

Göran Marström and Per Wärn began operations in 1983 to produce a high-performance Tornado sailboat for the Olympics; the then Marström Sail Center of Sweden spun off Marstrom Composite in 2003; all business is now conducted by Marstrom Composite. Among its investors, we emphasize Almi Invest, a ... read more.
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Hexgone
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 14, 2018

Advanced corrosion inhibitors for coatings

Hexigone develops a range of novel corrosion inhibitors that it claims are 10 times more effective than existing alternatives to hexavalent chrome Initial tests of these inhibitors in polyurethane, polyester, and acrylic resins showed no corrosion after 1,000 hours of salt spray testing and 4,000 ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 14, 2018

Low-cost manufacturing process for fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar

Developed a proprietary process to make FRP rebar using basalt fiber and thermoset resins Compared with incumbent steel rebars, the company's FRP rebars have higher strength, lower density, and better corrosion resistance at a comparable price point Since the last profile, the company has been ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 14, 2018

Developer of polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fiber, prepreg, and composite

The company was founded by Sinosteel in 2008 and was then sold in 2013 to Jiangcheng Carbon Fiber, which rebranded the company to Fangda Jiangcheng Carbon Fiber (FJCF). The company produces polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon fiber, prepreg, and composites (such as pipe, cable core, and car hoods... read more.
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Novonutrients
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Laura Krishfield

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December 14, 2018

Uses microbial bioreactors from carbon dioxide to create protein for aquaculture feed

The company was founded by CTO Brian Sefton, who is also the CEO of Oakbio, which creates gas fermentation systems. The company is a part of IndieBio's seed accelerator program. The company is a developer of proprietary microbes and advanced gas fermentation systems for converting carbon dioxide (CO... read more.
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Michael Kronberger

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December 13, 2018

Entered the smartwatch space in 2015 and acquired wearables maker Misfit that same year Aims to use its expertise as a fashion watch manufacturer to give it an edge in styling, but smartwatch sales trail those of more tech-focused firms like Apple, Fitbit, and Garmin Wearable products accounted for ... read more.

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State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Innovation Activity in 3D Printing Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

There is increasing innovation activity in the 3D printing space. This report compares innovation at different parts of the value chain: materials, hardware, and software. Based on each material segment (polymer, composites, metals, ceramics, and others), this reports aims to visualize the areas that see more innovation, and areas that need to be improved. Finally, it aims to identify which players can create the most value, and what that means for clients' strategies.

Carbon Fiber Update 2018

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

This report will update Lux's overall carbon fiber coverage. In particular, it will focus strongly on manufacturing technologies ranging from 3D printing to large, high-volume systems. It will seek to understand the manufacturing landscape and match processes to industries.

China Carbon Fiber

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

This report will explore and answer the questions: What are the current innovation and commercialization activities of Chinese start-ups and large corporations? What are the challenges and opportunities the Chinese carbon fiber companies pose to Lux clients? What is the future outlook of carbon fiber in China?

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Let's Get Personal: Constructing a Powerful Personalized Nutrition Solution

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2018

This report will examine enabling technologies, like microbiome sensing, and analysis that are bringing personalized nutrition solutions to the forefront and increasing their effectiveness.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Energy's Top News, Technology Developers, and Questions You Asked About in 2018

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Highlights of the top news, technology developers, and questions that you and your peers asked Lux Research about in 2018. While not designed as a ranking list, this report instead serves as a summary of the developments in 2018 and how Lux Research's Energy Team views them as key steps in the evolution of the energy system in 2019 and beyond.

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