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Cole McCollum

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February 26, 2019

Koito is a leading exterior automotive lighting OEM. The company was interested in building a more accurate adaptive driving beam (ADB) solution for its headlights, in which a panel of LED lights would selectively turn off so as to illuminate the surroundings without blinding oncoming drivers. Given... read more.

Case Study
Lithium werks
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

February 25, 2019

Li-ion cell manufacturer

Lithium Werks manufactures Li-ion batteries with lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathodes using A123's nanostructured cathode material and Valence Technology's modular pack design. The company made several large acquisitions in 2018: Valence Technology, which made Li-ion batteries with lithium-iron-... read more.
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Cnano
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoplatelets, and derivatives

Produces multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) for applications in polymer compounding and Li-ion batteries Has production capacity for 1,000 MT/yr of MWCNTs and 50 MT/yr of GNPs; plans to add an additional 2,000 MT/yr of MWCNT capacity over the next three to four ... read more.
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Nanox
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Graphene supplier and manufacturer for compounding and molding

Produces graphene from graphite for compounding, molding, and forming of graphene-enhanced plastics; NanoXplore produces a multilayer graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) that is much cheaper than those of competitors but does not have comparable properties to single-layer GNPs Plans to scale graphene ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Chinese carbon fiber manufacturer that produces T300, T700, T800, and M30 carbon fibers

One of the top three leading carbon fiber manufacturers in China; the company is a subsidiary under China National Building Material (CNBM), a state-owned Fortune 500 company. The company develops polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor, carbon fiber, and carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs); the ... read more.
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Meti
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

February 22, 2019

One of the most crucial developments in the stationary energy storage market over the past two years was not new technology, but new policy, specifically the policies that enabled a single energy storage asset to secure multiple revenue streams by providing different grid services – a practice ... read more.

Analyst Insight
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 22, 2019

GVD

Functional coatings for mold release and electronics protection

Hilton Pryce Lewis and Karen Gleason from the Gleason Lab at MIT spun out GVD in 2001 to commercialize initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) technology, similar to the startup DropWise, also from the Gleason Lab. The company is a developer of iCVD, a platform technology that uses a free-radical... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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. 

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

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.

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.