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Jonathan Melnick

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April 6, 2020

Topolytics, a waste analytics developer, received a £500,000 contract to build the U.K.'s first digital waste tracking system, funded by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under the U.K. GovTech Catalyst program. The system will monitor waste throughout the U.K. with the aim ... read more.

Case Study

Harshit Sharma

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April 5, 2020

Big data and its gathering, cleaning, and organization in industrial settings. The digital transformation of physical industries is well underway, with corporations throughout the world investing in predictive analytics, AI, and automation tools. Industrial sensors and big data form the backbone of ... read more.

Technology

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

April 4, 2020

Neste is a Finnish oil refining and marketing company operating assets in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Upon its establishment in 1948, Neste focused on refining and marketing conventional fuel products and operated service stations in Finland, as well as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and ... read more.

Case Study

Cole McCollum

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April 3, 2020

An undisclosed Fortune 100 insurance company needed to analyze thousands of contracts to determine which of its customers to market new products to. This process required its legal team to manually review the contracts and gather feedback from other members of the team by exchanging and commenting ... read more.

Case Study

Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

April 3, 2020

Advanced machine learning techniques making use of neural networks for much-improved computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, filtering, and more. Deep learning is having a transformative effect on AI in areas like computer vision and more recently natural language ... read more.

Technology

Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

April 3, 2020

Tools and techniques, including machine learning, to process, analyze, and generate text. Due to advances in machine learning and specifically deep learning, natural language processing (NLP) is rapidly reaching human performance in a variety of pattern recognition tasks; however, the technology is ... read more.

Technology

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

April 3, 2020

Optimization of commercial, municipal, and residential buildings beyond energy savings, targeting enhancements in facility operation and utilization as well as occupants' well-being and productivity. Advanced sensing and connectivity have already transformed building energy management. Moving beyond... read more.

Technology

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

April 3, 2020

Mobile wrist-worn devices with touchscreen displays offering connectivity, sensors, and operating systems, which act as either an extension of smartphones or untethered, stand-alone devices. Innovations around advanced biosensors and connectivity will look to expand the use cases of smartwatches ... read more.

Technology

How to Organize for Materials Informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.

When AI and Robotics meet Chemicals, Materials, and Drug Discovery: State-of-the-art in Autonomous Laboratories

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Over the past decade, we have witnessed the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in the use, selection, development, and discovery of chemicals, materials, and drugs. On the other hand, robotics has long been applied in several physical industry sectors (such as automotive) to increase automation. The combination of AI and robotics in “wet” labs (chemical, material, drug) to create “autonomous labs” is not only desired but has been an ongoing trend with early proof-of-concept examples. In this report, we will review the progress in developing autonomous labs and highlight a few key research groups; we will also discuss the challenges and assess the opportunities for clients.

Material Innovations for the Future Phone

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

The electronics industry is in an arms race to build the next killer device, with possibilities ranging from foldable phones to transparent devices. The direction for the future phone will be dictated by material innovations that enable new possibilities; all this creates new opportunities for materials. This report will highlight the most promising areas for materials and predict what materials will be useful in the phone of the future.

The 2020 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

2019 was a tough year for chemical companies, as market slowdowns in the automotive sector and the Chinese economy. 2020 looks to be equally challenging with weakness in commodity markets and volatility due to external factors. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze top chemical and material companies using the Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB), which scores companies based on innovation effort and business execution. We’ve also examined the type of innovation these companies are engaged in and explore how their strategies change during trying times.

Digital sales platforms in chemicals update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Digital sales platforms encompass a wide range of business models, technologies, and strategies designed to reduce transactional friction, increase transparency, and simplify the process of purchasing chemicals. The last year and a half have seen explosive growth in DSPs adoption in the chemicals industry, with European players beginning to catch their Chinese counterparts. With that in mind, this report looks to the future to forecast the total adoption of online sales in the chemicals industry, and guide clients on the best platforms to leverage.

Digital Transformation of Field Service

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Emerging digital technologies are seeing rapid adoption in every industry across the value chain. While field service is no exception, it continues to lag behind many other areas. In this report, we will provide a deep understanding of field service, what are some points of transactional friction in delivering field service, and how structural shifts in this space are leading to sudden urgency in the need to digitally transform this area. We will discuss some key digital technologies and vendors that are enabling this transformation.

Decarbonization of Industry: The Future Role of Nuclear Energy

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

The story of nuclear energy has been one of both great promise and major disappointment. However, as pressure mounts to cut emissions and a new generation of reactor designs aims to address critical challenges plaguing the nuclear industry, understanding the future of nuclear is vital to decarbonizing key parts of the energy and industrial sectors. This report will look at the current state of the nuclear industry, the innovation landscape for advanced nuclear designs, and for which use cases and in what regions nuclear can play a key role in the future energy mix.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

In the age of mass customization, brand owners are looking for tech-driven ways to provide more personalized experiences to consumers. This evolving landscape will have lasting implications on how products are being manufactured and the materials being used to manufacture them. This report gives our take on technologies being developed to provide more custom products to consumers and how materials producers can position themselves to avoid the risk of getting left behind.

The 2020 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Although it’s a mature, well-established, global market, the chemicals and materials industry still requires significant innovation. Major challenges include shifting feedstocks, new digital business models, sustainability, and fast-changing consumer preferences. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we’ve analyzed over 40 top chemical and material companies using the Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB), which scores companies based on innovation effort and business execution. We’ve also examined the type of innovation these companies are engaged in – internal versus external innovation and engagement in select emerging technology areas. This is an update to reports published in 2019 and 2018.