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August 09, 2023

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Patents

US Patent Issued to Evonik Operations, FRX Polymers on Aug. 8 for "Nanoparticle containing compositions" (German, American Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to Cenovus Energy on Aug. 8 for "System and method for analyzing reservoir changes during production" (Canadian Inventor)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to SEIKO EPSON on Aug. 8 for "Electro-optical device and electronic apparatus" (Japanese Inventor)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING on Aug. 8 for "Isolation bonding film for semiconductor packages and methods of forming the same" (Taiwanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to Intel on Aug. 8 for "Managing data center resources to achieve a quality of service" (Indian, American Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on Aug. 8 for "Full well capacity for image sensor" (Taiwanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING on Aug. 8 for "Method and structure for FinFET comprising patterned oxide and dielectric layer under spacer features" (Taiwanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

Research and Development (R&D)

US Patent Issued to OCADO INNOVATION on Aug. 8 for "Object handling system and method" (British Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to MAZDA MOTOR on Aug. 8 for "Vehicle drive device" (Japanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing on Aug. 8 for "Semiconductor arrangement formation" (Taiwanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to TOYO SEIKAN, TOYO SEIHAN on Aug. 8 for "Method for manufacturing cylindrical container, and cylindrical container" (Japanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING on Aug. 8 for "STT-MRAM heat sink and magnetic shield structure design for more robust read/write performance" (California Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING on Aug. 8 for "Semiconductor package with riveting structure between two rings and method for forming the same" (Taiwanese Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

US Patent Issued to Siemens Healthcare on Aug. 8 for "Determining a competency relationship, setting dose-related recording parameter using competency relationship" (German Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

New Market / Market Expansion

Stellantis introduces bproauto, a private-label line of replacement parts in North America; bproauto parts cover 30 categories for most car makes and models and complements the automaker's original equipment brand, Mopar
PR Newswire (08/08)

Popeyes to open first restaurant in Scotland
MarketLine (08/08)

Del Taco opens first casino location in Las Vegas, US
MarketLine (08/08)

IKEA will open San Francisco store on August 23rd; 52,000-sq-ft 'city format' store will showcase designed spaces that represent 'city living' solutions reflecting the unique needs of San Franciscans
IKEA furniture (08/08)

Argentina-based Ledesma looking to diversify its sugarcane-related business into bioplastic; company is partnering with Bioceres to create a startup to generate a powder with sugarcane waste that is sold to companies to produce biodegradable containers
CE Noticias Financieras (Latin America) (08/08)

Hub Group to emphasize growth of logistics segment through strategic acquisitions, even in tough freight environment; recent acquisitions, such as Tagg Logistics, have bolstered non-asset logistics and brokerage business to expand end-to-end services
Transport Dive (08/08)

UAE-based Hotpack Global, a producer of food packaging products, celebrates milestone achievement of reaching 50 retail stores across Middle East and Africa
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (08/08)

Awards & Recognition

Standard Motor Products earns PACCAR 2022 10 PPM Award for achieving the 10 PPM quality standard; 10 PPM means that less than ten out of every million supplier parts and components shipped to PACCAR were defective
PR Newswire (08/08)

Eight-story commercial building proposed for Sydney, Australia, with mass timber as its 'defining architectural statement' wins design competition for architectural practice Chrofi
South Africa News Gazette (08/08)

ProAmpac recognized at FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards, winning Bronze Award in Mid Web Process/Coated Paper Category for Hidden Valley Zesty Alfredo Premium Season Mix design; judges commend package's clean register and excellent tonality
ProAmpac LLC (08/08)

AutoScheduler.AI announces placement in Gartner Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Execution Technologies 2023 under Warehouse Resource Planning and Optimization for AI tech that optimizes warehouse, distribution operations; tech drives higher labor utilization
GlobeNewswire (08/08)

IoPP announces 2023 AmeriStar Award winners; Best in Show goes to Annie's Certified Industrially Compostable Molded Fiber Cup from General Mills, which utilizes wet molded fiber and equals plastic thermoform in terms of functionality
Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (08/07)

2023 Kia EV6 gets top grades on Cars.com’s Car Seat Fit Report Card from Cars.com’s child passenger safety technicians; EV6 is one of only seven vehicles to receive a perfect score
Contify Automotive News (08/07)

Coveris & Amberley shortlisted for Label of the Year in the UK Packaging Awards
Coveris Holdings S.A. (08/07)

Material Substitution

Lidl GB reveals that all its own-brand tea bags are set to become fully compostable by transitioning to plant-based PLA plastic; transition expected to divert up to 800 million tea bags/year from traditional waste bins, and subsequently, landfill
Contify Retail News (08/08)

UK milk market is dominated by HDPE bottles, but carton supplier Elopak is readying for a push, is confident that cartons' sustainability, ease-of-use will attract brands; CEO says switch already happening with Graham's, expects to see more brands follow
Packaging News (UK) (08/07)

Material Reduction

DS Smith develops new, fully recyclable trays for sushi specialist Eat Happy that are anticipated to save more than 1,250 tonnes of plastic/year; tray and lid are made from corrugated board, and the solutions are designed to be water and grease-repellent
DS Smith PLC (08/08)

Product Recall

Chrysler recalls 44,708 2022-2023 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs in US over potential air bag deployment issue caused by incorrectly seated interior trim; automaker offers free inspection and replacement at dealerships
USA Today Online (08/08)

Krispy Kreme announces UK recall of four-packs of Krispy Kreme White Chocolate & Raspberry Summer doughnuts due to undeclared peanuts
Northern Echo (08/08)

Product Safety

USDA issues public health alert for Aldi's Black Angus Beef for Carne Picada, which may include soft clear plastic; alert issued for 1.5-lb. plastic trays with a use by or freeze by date of Aug. 22, Julian Date 206, time stamp between 08:43 through 09:23
Miami Herald (08/07)

New Feature / Product Update

Wood-based litter ökocat, a Healthy Pet brand, will receive a packaging refresh to a fully recyclable paper bag; starting in October, the current box packaging will transition to new double wall paper bags with a recyclable handle
PR Newswire (08/08)

Netto Marken-Discount announces that packaging for Netto private labeled food and beverage products is now Digimarc Recycle-Ready; Digimarc’s digital watermarks are transforming recycling as a validated way to improve circularity, says Digimarc CEO
Business Wire (08/08)

HYBRID Software releases Version 9 of its PACKZ native PDF editor for labeling, packaging with significant enhancements in design automation, color management, 3D visualization, advanced trapping and ganging of multiple jobs in single print layout
Hybrid Software Group SARL (08/08)

Transflo unveils Transflo Mobile+ version 6.0, with redesigned document scanning engine with intuitive process for users; update enhances data extraction, processing workflows and user experience for professional truck drivers to streamline operations
Associated Press (08/08)

Blue Yonder announces Q2 2023 highlights, including adding 42 customers, new product features like deep meta learning for demand planning; company also hired chief sustainability officer and shared industry insights on AI adoption, back-to-school spending
Business Wire (08/07)

Simonds Farsons Cisk announces that bottles for Kinnie, Kinnie Zest, Diet Kinnie in the 50cl size are now using 100% rPET; phased launch is first step of a larger-scale and longer-term investment that eventually will see all PET bottles made of 100% rPET
Contify Retail News (08/07)

Patent Expirations / Application Cessations

Patent Issued for Device and method for efficient transitioning to and from reduced power state (USPTO 11703937)
Computers, Networks & Communications Daily (08/08)

New Products / Services

US Patent Issued to Zebra Technologies on Aug. 8 for "Optical arrangement in machine vision system with diffusive and direct illumination for DPM indicia" (New York Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

Genomic tool seen as 'game changer' for radiata pine breeding; it is the result of a research effort started in 2014 involving New Zealand's Scion, Radiata Pine Breeding Company and international Conifer SNP Consortium
Scion (08/07)

Products & Services

Dickey's Barbecue now offering its smoked sausage in 140 Lowe's Market stores throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Kansas
Globe Newswire (08/08)

Clinical skin-care brand MATTER OF FACT is now available on Sephora.com, will launch at 270 Sephora stores on Aug. 15; brand will offer its serums, moisturizers and new Wrinkle + Texture Concentrate treatment that has retinol, Vitamin C and azelaic acid
PR Newswire (08/08)

San Francisco-based Two Lines Press celebrates 10 years as publishing imprint for Center for the Art of Translation, continues to introduce new international authors to Anglophone readers as interest in translated literature grows
Publisher's Weekly (08/08)

Researchers Submit Patent Application, 'Three-Dimensional Inkjet Printing Of A Thermally Stable Object', for Approval (USPTO 20230226747)
Daily Asia Business (08/08)

GM to offer two BrightDrop electric commercial vans in Mexico starting later this year; vans include the the BrightDrop Zevo 400 and BrightDrop Zevo 600 EV vans
General Motors Co. (08/07)

L'Occitane-owned skin-care brand Grown Alchemist set to make its South East Asian debut in September through exclusive partnership with Sephora; move will see brand gain presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines
CosmeticsDesign.com (US) (08/07)

LP Building Solutions, Huber Engineered Woods reach settlement in patent infringement litigation; as part of settlement, LP to continue to manufacture/sell its Structural I sheathing with integrated water-resistive overlay under WeatherLogic brand name
Canada Newswire (08/07)

 Bioeconomy

Biodegradable / Compostable Materials

Medical researchers blow-spin a novel bio-absorbable gelatin hydrogel nonwoven fabric to improve outcomes of subcutaneous islet transplantation for severe diabetes treatment: Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
Japan Daily Report (08/08)

Scientists create biodegradable food packaging material, coating from modified starch, succinic acid, phosphonated chitosan; film shows low water vapor permeability, faster biodegradability than traditional starch films: Nicolaus Copernicus University
Industry Intelligence Inc. (08/08)

Researchers from Michigan State University's School of Packaging develop a biobased polymer blend that's compostable in both home and industrial settings; researchers integrated a carbohydrate-derived thermoplastic starch into PLA
U.S. Fed News (08/07)

Retailer Lidl GB switches to compostable own-brand tea bags made from PLA; company says move to reduce single-use plastic for its Deluxe Fairtrade Assam Tea and Knightsbridge Knightsbridge Gold Blend Tea
Packaging News (08/07)

Danish Technological Institute, Scotland-based CelluComp develop recyclable, biodegradable, compostable packaging from cellulose from sugar beet and new REEF barrier coating; newly developed Curran method involves extracting platelets from sugar beet pulp
Danish Technological Institute (08/04)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Sustainea Bioglycols, a JV between Braskem and Sojitz, signs two multi-year capacity reservation agreements to purchase biobased PTA and biobased FDCA from Origin Materials for the production of 100% biobased PET and polyesters
Business Wire (08/08)

Poland's Military University of Technology enhances bioactivity of microporous, fibrous electrospun polycaprolactone biomaterials via novel physicochemical modification; modification enhances L929 cell adhesion, increases proliferation, is non-cytotoxic
Chemicals & Chemistry Daily (08/08)

Study finds chitosan-starch blend with mango leaf extract preserves perishable food by inhibiting bacteria growth, reducing water vapor permeability, increasing antioxidant, UV protection; film preserves raspberry better than control after 13 days
MDPI Journal: Foods (08/08)

Origin Materials creates patent-pending ‘all PET’ caps and tamper-resistant closures, noting they are more sustainable than common alternatives because they may be produced using rPET or Origin’s 100% biobased, carbon-negative virgin PET
Business Wire (08/07)

New food packaging film made from soybean protein, gelatin, Artemisia oil shows promising results in postharvest mango storage, blending good mechanical properties, increased antioxidant and antifungal capacities: Yangzhou University
MDPI Journal: Foods (08/07)

Renewable / Green / Clean Energy

US Patent Issued to CertainTeed on Aug. 8 for "Solar thermoelectric power generation system, and process for making same" (Pennsylvania Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/09)

Researchers study biomass briquettes from coffee husk as sustainable fuel; coffee husk can be an alternative source of sustainable energy, replacing tapioca as a binder, reducing waste
Energy Daily News (08/04)

Scientists, including from Cornell University and U.S. Geological Survey, study solar panel-topped ponds; aim is to preserve agricultural land for crops, conservation lands for wildlife, while helping meet demand for renewable energy
ENP Newswire (08/04)

US Patent Issued to NESTE on Aug. 1 for "Method for producing renewable fuel" (Finnish Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (08/02)

Bioeconomy

MUDIPEL--a renewable material made from paper sludge and its ash--is viable for construction engineering products as a retaining or reinforcement material; it works as well as conventional materials, but is more eco-friendly
India Engineering News (08/08)

Joint project in Japan to develop biomanufacturing technologies using CO2 and H2 as feedstocks for hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria; resulting compounds can be used as raw materials in various applications including plastics, ink, paint, textiles and cosmetics
Contify Energy News (08/04)

Researchers make active films based on potato starch with Viola odorata extract; film can extend refrigerated chicken fillet shelf-life by at least 8 days, shows antioxidant, antibacterial activities: Islamic Azad University, Universiti Sains Malaysia
MDPI Journal: Foods (08/04)

Australia Patent: The Coca-Cola Files Application for 'BIO-BASED POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE PACKAGING AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF'
Australian Government (08/04)

Vegan detergent company MACK to launch its laundry detergent refills in sachets made with Notpla’s seaweed and plant-derived biodegradable film; initiative marks seaweed film’s first application in cleaning products
Vegconomist (08/03)

Hydro Energy

Climate change-driven droughts could increase fossil fuel dependence, disrupting hydroelectric systems, study says; droughts could lead to significant social costs from emissions, and even rapid renewable energy expansion may not curb impacts
Industry Intelligence Inc. (08/08)

Solar Energy

Scientists develop photothermal catalyst to efficiently convert waste PET plastic into valuable chemicals, monomers using solar energy; catalyst design minimizes thermal radiation loss, maximizes localized heating effects
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (08/03)

Wind Energy

Patent Issued for Method and system for determining yaw heading of a wind turbine (USPTO 11703033)
Energy Business Daily (08/08)

 Sustainability

Romco Metal presents PureCycle, an aluminum product made from 100% post-consumer scrap, as a sustainable solution with 95% less carbon footprint than primary aluminum ingots; company says PureCycle can potentially save 140,000 tonnes of CO2 annually
Industry Intelligence Inc. (08/08)

ArcelorMittal France building ladle furnace at Fos-sur-Mer plant to reduce carbon footprint by 10% by 2025; company plans further 35% reduction with electric arc furnace by 2030, aiming for zero emissions by 2050
Global Data Point (08/08)

ArcelorMittal Europe's Flat Products unit and Gestamp sign agreement for production of low CO2-emission steel for automotive use; deal aims to enhance recycling, traceability and use of scrap steel, supporting circular model in industrial supply chain
Automotive: Plans & Government Policies (India) (08/08)

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