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Who Goes First? The Sustainability Tug of War Between Brand Owners and Upstream Producers

Lack of adoption or slow progress? Lux Analyst, Drishti Masand, analyzes which part of the CPG value chain needs to make the first move on sustainable solutions.

Technology Landscape: Key Players in Plastic Pyrolysis

To provide a comprehensive overview of the plastic pyrolysis landscape, we leveraged various Lux data tools alongside our existing coverage to compile a list of relevant organizations. This information serves to define key trends and identify opportunities for clients seeking to engage and enter the market.

 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 16, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our analysts' coverage of top innovation news and developments from Snapchat, Google, Canoo, Apple, Mori, Omada Health, and Blackrock.

News Trends: Hydrogen Economy Q1 Update

Whether you believe the frenzy is justified or overhyped, hydrogen is now top of mind for anyone with a stake in the global energy transition. Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the hydrogen sector, covering more than 250 individual developments across the industry. 

Water-Soluble Meets Biodegradable: Match Made In Bio-Based Heaven Or Hell?

In this blog, our materials experts dive into the existing opportunities for water-soluble and biodegradable materials, evaluate the materials being brought to market, and provide a landscape of solution providers.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 9, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our analysts' coverage of top innovation news and developments from AmicaTerra, Green Science Materials, Ford, Zymergen, DSM, and Grab.

Key Players In Metal 3D Printing

As 3D printing continues to mature and replace conventional manufacturing in some use cases, metal 3D printing continues to grow rapidly and gain market share in key applications and industries for producing high-quality, high-value end-use parts. To get a comprehensive overview of the technology landscape and distribution of players, we analyzed key developers with historical patent activity, academic publications, early-stage funding, and ongoing projects

News Trends: Decarbonization Pledges a Boon for CO₂ Capture and Utilization Technologies

Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the energy industry over the first year of the global pandemic, covering nearly 650 individual developments across more than 10 of our major topic areas.  In the blog we take a look back at the past 12 months within one of our main topics, CO2 emissions and abatement.

Event Recap: Columbia University Energy Symposium 2021

Lux Research recently joined the 2021 Columbia University Energy Symposium. In this blog our Analyst, Jinze Dai, Ph.D., outlines the key takeaways from this year's event.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 2, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our expert coverage of top innovation news and developments from Nestlé, Oxford Nanopore, TuSimple, Livekindly Collective, & Keurig Dr Pepper.

2020's Hottest Materials Topics & Best Tech Startups

Out of all the companies profiled in 2020, an impressive 41 were rated either a Positive or Strong Positive. Which topics and technologies bubbled to the top in 2020? Learn more from our expert, Anthony Schiavo in this blog.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 26, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our analysts' coverage of National Grid, P&G, Momenta, SAIC Motor, Toyota, and Bosch.

2020's Hottest Digital Topics & Best Tech Startups

The Lux Digital Team has identified topics and companies that rose to the top during the last year. Of all the companies that the Lux Digital Team profiled via primary interviews, 92 companies received a Positive or Strong Positive Lux Take.

2020 Year in Review: Future Energy for Mobility

Mobility continues to undergo its transformation with the rise of electrification and even a return of interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles. Looking back on 2020, our experts highlight some of the most important developments that occurred for the future energy for mobility storyline.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 19, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. This past week was a big week for energy, and hydrogen specifically. Check out our analysts' coverage of Haldor Topsoe, Hyundai Motor, SK Group, and Singapore and Chile's plans for an international hydrogen supply chain.

2020 Year in Review: Doing More With Less

With COVID clearly demonstrating weaknesses in local, regional, and global food systems, doing more with less was a key driver for 2020 development across the agrifood space. On the crop production side of the value chain, digital transformation, alternative crop protection methods, and production sustainability received a considerable proportion of innovation attention. In this blog, we provide some hand-picked examples from the year that exemplify progress in these innovation areas.   

2020 Year in Review: Profiting from Shared Mobility

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, many shared mobility companies have passed the stress test, tapping into new revenue sources like food delivery, pharmaceuticals delivery, and fintech. Reflecting on shared mobility in 2020, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in this space.

Event Recap: Key Takeaways From Probiota 2021

In this blog, our digital transformation experts summarize the two key takeaways from the CES 2021 with respect to the future of smart and connected consumer products and ecosystems.

2020 Year in Review: Consumer Transformation

As we reflect on 2020, we take a look back at some of the most important materials-related developments that occurred in the Consumer Transformation theme.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 12, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. This week's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of biosurfactants, hydration sensors, last-mile technologies, and the energy transition.

The Top Digital Transformation Startups of 2020

Digital transformation means many things to many people, so it’s important to segment and analyze startups developing foundational enabling technologies as well as key impacted applications, such as Industry 4.0 and digital health. Our new market map identifies the top 20 startups digital innovators should be tracking.

2020 Year in Review: The Sustainability Imperative

Global warming, water scarcity, plastic waste, and the spread of microplastics – these are all serious environmental concerns on the minds of consumers, investors, and policymakers alike. Lux Analyst, Kristin Marshall, breaks down the key materials-related developments that occurred in 2020 regarding the sustainability imperative.

2020 Year in Review: Optimal Use of Resources

COVID-19 shook up the energy industry, and the aftermath is likely to shake the economic fabric as countries seek to rely on local systems and be self-sufficient. The major trend of improving resiliency in the post-COVID future will make the optimal use of domestic resources an even greater priority as countries seek energy independence and security while still maintaining progress toward decarbonization. Looking back on 2020, we reflect on some of the most important developments that occurred in the optimal use of resources storyline.

2020 Year in Review: Prevention and Personalization in Health

Last year was a significant foundation-building phase for the development of clinical decision-making tools based on data gathered remotely. We expect groundbreaking commercial successes to follow in the coming years, but in 2020, the biggest progress made was in developing devices to gather or capture the data needed to build or deliver these digital solutions. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 5, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of March. This week's round-up includes expert insights on the latest news in indoor agriculture, renewable energy, graphene batteries, carbon emissions, and construction waste.

2020 Year in Review: Materials and Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has the promise of enabling innovations in materials discovery, manufacturing processes, and applications, as well as new business models for sales. As we reflect on 2020, we take a look back and provide a breakdown of the most important developments and trends that occurred last year regarding digital transformation in materials.

2020 Year in Review: Adapting to Autonomy

As a result of the pandemic, autonomous vehicles were used in new ways, quickly adapted to disinfect public spaces or transport medical tests from testing sites to labs, which may sway public opinion and that of local officials as they take a closer look at how to regulate the technology. However, the financial pressure also forced some automakers to pause development. As we look back on 2020, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the adapting to autonomy storyline.

2020 Year in Review: Personalized Products and Services

With a significant decline in retail traffic, CPG companies have had to launch e-commerce, smartphone, and D2C channels almost overnight, which has now intensified competition.  As we look back on 2020, our digital transformation team reflects on some of the most important developments that occurred in our digital health and future consumer coverage.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 26, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of February. This week's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of Hyundai, USPS, Covestro, BMW, Nikola, Pear Therapeutics, and Facebook.

The Top Food and Agriculture Startups of 2020

The vivid impacts of 2020 are not without opportunity, even as the lines across value chains blur. Picking the right startups and partners to remain ahead in this dynamic period is critical, and our new list names 32 startups who maintained their innovation trajectory during last year's turbulance.

2020 Year in Review: Transformative Innovations Disrupt the Entire Ecosystem

Transformation is an apt descriptor for 2020, but several innovations found purchase during the ongoing COVID-19 transformation and are creating disruption of their own. Alternative proteins, vertical agriculture, ingredient discovery, and the microbiome all received significant advancement despite a turbulent year.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 19, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the third week of February. This week's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of Coca-Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, Redefine Meat, Ford, Nature's Fynd, and Tesla's bitcoin announcement.

2020 Year in Review: Industry 4.0

Savvy industrial companies have already embraced Industry 4.0, though success is a long and challenging journey. Looking back on 2020, our digital transformation team, reflects on some of the most important developments that occurred in our Industry 4.0 coverage.

2020 Year in Review: Decarbonization of Industry

While COVID-19 may have momentarily shifted the political discourse away from climate change, the industrial sector will not escape the looming threat of regulatory constraints with several countries moving forward with carbon neutrality endeavors despite the pandemic. Looking back on 2020, our energy experts, Runeel Daliah and Yuan-Sheng Yu, reflect on some of the most important developments that occurred in the decarbonization of industry storyline.

Food transparency in Asia: Regional trends and startups

The drivers for increasing transparency in food systems are plenty: supply chain optimization, expediting recalls, preventing economically motivated adulteration, and the list goes on. To address the different layers of transparency, consider these Asia-based startups as exemplary of the regional landscape of tech developers.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 12, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the second week of February. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of Shell, Toyota, Nike, Colgate, and Future Meat Technologies.

5 Technologies for the Automotive Sector to Watch

While COVID-19 presented financial challenges to the industry, automakers cannot afford to overlook long-term innovation, as the pandemic has accelerated timelines for adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles. Learn more about the 5 technologies mobility innovation leaders need to watch in this blog.

Food and Agriculture's Top 5 Technologies For 2021

Our report takes a deep look at the agrifood ecosystem and reviews what topics emerged and which technologies rose to the top during 2020. Our analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups found the top five technologies food and agriculture leaders should look to in 2021.

2020 Year in Review: The Food Company of 2050

Major food and beverage players are facing constant pressure to successfully navigate the rapidly evolving food industry, in line with changing consumer preferences. Reflecting on 2020, our experts take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the Food Company of 2050 storyline.

Event Recap: CES 2021 The Future Of Smart & Connected Consumer Products

In this blog, our digital transformation experts summarize the two key takeaways from the CES 2021 with respect to the future of smart and connected consumer products and ecosystems.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 5, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of February. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of SpaceX, Shell, ExxonMobil, L'Oréal, AutoX, and McDonald's.

The Top Chemicals and Materials Startups of 2020

The chemicals and materials industry is going to see massive disruption in the next 20 years. Our experts have identified the top startups leading the evolution of the industry.

2020 Year in Review: Evolution of Energy Networks

Energy networks are growing more distributed, interconnected, and interchangeable, driven by technologies that can accommodate the ever-increasing amounts of cheap solar and wind.  As we're a month into 2021, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the Evolution of Energy Networks storyline.

Which Packaging Trends Survived The Coronavirus Pandemic?

In this blog, our expert, Drishti Masand, highlights the top trends that impacted packaging during 2020,  and makes predictions for 2021.

Event Recap: Mobility Innovations At CES 2021

A global pandemic wasn't able to stop the world's largest consumer electronics showcase from happening, although this year marked a noticeably quieter event than most. However, a small CES is still a major event, check out our key takeaways from this year's event in this blog.

The Top 20 Energy Startups of 2020

Based on interviews with key startups in the energy space, our analysts have published a list of the top 20 startups in 2020. Many of the startups within this elite group have already gained commercial traction in their respective applications. With renewed interest from investors in cleantech in the past year, we expect an influx of capital to support promising startups and go toward several unworthy ones as well.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 29, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of January. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of BeyondMeat, Boeing, Microsoft, Pepsi, and green hydrogen.

The Great Hydrogen Debate: 2021 Predictions For The Hydrogen Economy

This is the final blog of The Great Hydrogen Debate, a five-part series. To close out the debate, the team got together one last time to share their 2021 predictions for the hydrogen economy – some safe ones, some bold ones, and even some very opinionated and specific ones, in typical Lux Take fashion. 

2020 Year in Review: Foundational Technologies for Digital Transformation

As we look back on 2020, our digital transformation team reflects on some of the most important developments that occurred in our foundational technologies coverage. These include announcements from Apple, Microsoft, Google, SoftBank, and Facebook.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 22, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the third week of January. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of L'Oréal, FitBit, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Aurora, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai.

The Great Hydrogen Debate: What Industry Will Be The Driver For A Widespread Hydrogen Economy?

This blog is the fourth of The Great Hydrogen Debate, a five-part series. In this blog, our group of experts tackle the question, "What industry will be the driver for a widespread hydrogen economy?" 

Materials Informatics' Key Players

The general hype surrounding AI has passed to MI, with startups raising millions over the past three years and leading players promising a revolution in the way that the industry operates.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 15th, 2021

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Our analysts are sharing their thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news.  

Chemical and Material Industry’s Hottest Technologies For 2021

Our analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups across our materials innovation research found that top 5 technologies innovation leaders should look to in 2021. 

The Great Hydrogen Debate: How Will Hydrogen Be Transported In A New Global Energy Trade?

This blog is part of The Great Hydrogen Debate, a five-part series to better understand what a hydrogen economy would look like, and the effort required to achieve it. This is our third piece of the series.

Energy’s Hottest Technologies For 2021

The rise of renewable energy and electric vehicles will lead to significant changes the energy system has not seen in more than a century – bringing both new challenges and new opportunities.

Advanced Crop Harvesting's Key Players

Among the technology options to advance crop harvesting technology, we have identified the following categories: collaborative, indoor automated platforms, and outdoor automated platforms.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 8th, 2021

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Our analysts are sharing their thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our final Weekly Round-Up for 2020 below. 

2020 Year in Review: Improving Urban Mobility

While smart cities remain in their infancy, mobility innovations are beginning to improve the way we transport people and goods in urban settings. As we begin 2021, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the Improving Urban Mobility storyline in 2020.

The Great Hydrogen Debate: Will Hydrogen Become The Bulk Energy Carrier Of The Future?

The question around hydrogen becoming a bulk energy carrier is largely a question about its potential to replace oil and gas across numerous use cases as well as compete head-to-head against electrification. With nearly 90% of hydrogen consumed today concentrated in refining and ammonia production, there is a long road ahead for hydrogen to becoming a bulk energy carrier in the future.

Food Safety In Asia: Regional Trends And Startups

 Each year, 275 million people in Asia (and the Pacific) fall sick from food, with 225,000 perishing. Improving these statistics will require participation from both the public and private sectors. Providing infrastructure and personnel training to improve hygiene and sanitation in production will play a large role, with an opportunity for tech to build on that foundation. Learn more from our expert, Thomas Hayes, in this new blog.