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July 25, 2023


Disruptive Innovation

Suzano Ventures, Emerge launch acceleration program for bioeconomy start-ups; six companies--HB Biotech, Cellugam, Recombine Biotech, Entropic Solutions, Nanobees and Mogai--will have access to Suzano's R&D area, could receive funds from Suzano
Valor Economico (07/24)

AI and machine learning technologies could revolutionize distribution business; they offer tools to optimize inventory and pricing, can reframe procurement and purchasing as 'profit centers', and bridge the gap between office and warehouse
American Fastener Journal  (07/20)

Electronic 'noses' can detect an incipient wildfire before it becomes a fire in 10-15 minutes, says their creator; Berlin startup Dryad Networks developed the solar-powered devices two years ago, equipping them with ultra-sensitive Bosch gas sensors
CE Noticias Financieras (07/20)

BOBST presents its annual Inventor Awards, given to innovators and their patents within the business that have pushed the boundaries of technology to enhance print and packaging workflows for customers
WhatTheyThink (07/19)

AI, drones, satellites, sensors are boosting reforestation efforts, which are falling short of international goals; these innovative approaches could be vital for meeting global targets to repair degraded ecosystems, sequester carbon, restore biodiversity
Mongabay News (07/19)

Plastic innovation has increased by three times in about five years, with China and Japan making up about half of all plastic patent applications in past two decades, according to report; policy measures to curb plastic waste have incentivized innovation
Packaging News (07/18)

Södra Ädla partners with Sveaskog and Almi Invest to invest SEK10M in Nordic Forestry Automation; NFA has developed an AI-based system to support operators in forest management decisions and investment will help accelerate pace of its development   
Sodra Skogsagarna Ekonomisk Forening (07/18)

Smart Manufacturing / Smart Factory

CMPC presents operational efficiency practices, advanced analytics program, discusses challenges in creating autonomous pulp, paper plants in the future at IFORS 2023; CMPC's Digital Innovation program aims to optimize, digitize CMPC plants, like Guaiba
Empresas CMPC SA (07/24)

Oklahoma State University researchers are designing the factory of tomorrow, which will weave AI, automation and humans seamlessly together in a manufacturing ecosystem that takes productivity and safety to the next level
States News Service (07/21)

Audi rolling out AI spot weld quality-control system at three VW Group locations; Audi developed and tested the AI system at its Neckarsulm, Germany, plant, where it analyzed about 1.5 million spot welds on 300 vehicles each shift
Automotive: Plans & Government Policies (India) (07/20)

Voith, partners launch FOREST research project that aims to develop digital map for papermaking processes that can capture energy, material, CO2 flows and identify optimization opportunities to help paper industry transform toward climate neutrality
Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA (07/20)

ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India and Festo India to collaborate on higher and vocational education, offering professional master’s program in smart manufacturing and professional technologist program in industrial automation
ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India - AMNS (07/11)


LG Chem reveals targets to increase proportion of new ESG-based high-value businesses including green materials, batteries and new drugs; company to advance biodegradable and bio-materials, anticipating 20% annual growth in green business
Korea Times (07/24)

Scientists investigate use of cellulose-based filtration aids for processing sunflower oil; on average, 99.20% of waxes, 74.88% of phospholipids, 100% of soap, 7.99% of carotenoids, 16.39% of iron, 18.33% of copper were removed: University of Novi Sad
NewsRx Life Science Daily (07/13)

ArcelorMittal XCarb fund invests in early-stage companies with commercially scalable technologies to decarbonize steelmaking; concepts being considered include valorization of slags, biomass, other by-products, and waste-to gas-or biocarbon conversion
ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India - AMNS (07/11)

New Market / Market Expansion

Stage Fund acquires GetSwift, a leading provider of last-mile delivery management solutions, in bid to expand portfolio and strengthen its standing in tech and logistics sectors; move follows Stage Fund's acquisition of AI-based platform Worklete
EIN Presswire (07/19)

Colombia-based Minipak to install new BOBST gravure press, retrofits its 10-color, inline lamination, BOBST RS 6003 HS gravure press to meet demand for flexible packaging; investment helps it expand its geographic reach, provide cold seal applications
WhatTheyThink (07/17)

Transformation - Market

European Commission publishes Chemical Industry Transition Pathway, a roadmap laying out actions toward climate neutral, circular industry; organizations are invited to submit transition initiatives
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) (07/18)

Port Alberni, home to British Columbia's first export sawmill, is posed to switch its economic base from forests to ocean; city has been hit by forest industry decline since the 1980s, while ocean-based industries are rising on the waterfront
Vancouver Island Free Daily  (07/11)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning

MIT researchers are developing AI system, PIGINet, for future household robots, aiming to reduce time required to plan certain processes; planner would generate and select most promising plans, allowing home robots to move in complicated environments
CE Noticias Financieras (07/18)

Goldman Sachs predicts humanoid robots will be economically viable in factories by 2025-2028, and in consumer-facing jobs by 2030-2035; AI use is rapidly increasing in industry, with diverse product options emerging alongside those of OpenAI
The Independent  (07/18)

AI-designed 'typical' South Carolina home leaves local experts underwhelmed; design blends modern Renaissance, Victorian and contemporary craftsman styles--all found in SC, but never mixed into a single home
Island Packet  (07/18)

UnlistedHomes.com introduces first universal AI-powered real estate search tool backed by OpenAI's ChatGPT; it allows users to find homes using natural language commands, and could transform how property searches are conducted online
PR Newswire (07/18)

AI-enabled construction start-ups raised more venture capital finance in last three years than AI-enabled fintech start-ups; generative AI uses include customer service, navigating product or building information, creating 3D modeling for architects
MarketLine  (07/18)


Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning

HomeZada adds AI Chat Assistant Zada to its all-in-one suite of apps designed to help homeowners simplify ownership, maintenance, management and equity growth of their homes
Associated Press  (07/24)

Perfect Corp. debuts AI-powered Skin Type Detection technology that supports detection across the face's T-zone and U-zone to determine normal, oily, dry, sensitive and combination skin types, various degrees of sensitivity
Business Wire (07/24)

German researchers explore robotically manufactured timber construction as a model for resource-efficient construction; they are testing new materials and construction methods in lightweight timber construction pavilion built at University of Freiburg
ENP Newswire (07/24)

Toyota Motor Files Chinese Patent Application for Logistics System, Logistics Robot and Logistics Robot Control Method
Transportation Patent News (07/24)

Patent Issued for Robot choreographer (USPTO 11691292)
Information Technology Business Daily (07/24)

Augmented / Virtual Reality / Visualization

U.S. Fed News (07/25)

Qualcomm Inc Seeks Patent for Scheduling and Bandwidth Partial Adaptation Techniques for Augmented Reality
Optics & Imaging Patent News (07/22)

CertainTeed LLC Awarded Patent for Systems and Methods for Visualization of Building Structures
Construction Patent News (07/21)

United States Patent for Hands-Free Augmented Reality System for Picking and/or Sorting Assets Issued to United Parcel Service of America
Optics & Imaging Patent News (07/21)

Patent Issued for Method and system for outputting augmented reality information (USPTO 11694328)
Biotech Business Daily (07/21)

Remote / Virtual Experience

Koehler Paper launches virtual 360° tour of Kehl paper mill to demonstrate paper production process digitally, using new PM 8 as an example; site employs about 555 people, produces thermal paper, decor paper, NexFlex flexible packaging paper on three PMs
WhatTheyThink (07/19)

Shipt partners with Voldex, an online gaming development company, to create a back-to-school experience within Driving Empire, a racing game on Roblox; game has players use a virtual version of Shipt's app to act as shoppers, deliver products
Retail Dive (07/14)


Thomson Reuters -Unlocking digital transformation and AI in supply chain transparency
ENP Newswire (07/21)

Huhtamaki appoints Johan Rabe as EVP, Digital and Process Performance; company to focus on transforming its operating model and Enterprise Resource Planning systems to drive value and efficiency in both customer-facing and internal processes, says CEO
Huhtamäki Oyj (Huhtamaki) (07/20)

Supply chain software platform E2open expands partnership with 3PL Traffic Tech to provide real-time freight rates to shippers via its Transportation Management app; integration to provide clients with automated digital matching that increases efficiency
Business Wire (07/18)

Dover Chemical, a maker of chemical additives, to leverage Arkestro Predictive Procurement Orchestration platform to streamline procurement processes
PR Newswire (07/11)

Blockchain / Distributed Ledger

SABIC and Circularise to collaborate on use of blockchain technology for Scope 3 emissions data capture; pilot will focus on consistent reporting framework, using scope 1 and scope 2 data to generate scope 3 CO2 emissions estimate for full value chain
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) (07/20)

Cloud Computing

Xerox is named a leader in Quocirca's 2023 Cloud Print Services Landscape report, is commended for its overall AI-powered digital services, which when combined with managed print services, boosts distributed workforce productivity
Xerox Corp. (07/11)

Data Management / Analytics / Privacy

Commentary: Circularity isn't primarily about recycling, sorting and waste to energy, it's about not producing waste; the most successful companies to comply with UK's packaging regulations will use EPR data to connect siloes to identify new efficiencies
Packaging News (UK) (07/24)

Rite Aid says major data breach that occurred on May 27 has compromised personal information of customers; data exposed includes names, birth dates, addresses, prescription information and insurance information in some cases
Supermarket News (07/24)

Geospatial technology has informed TNC’s conservation science and planning strategies for decades; latest Geospatial Conservation annual report focuses on how technology and data are supporting organization’s 2030 goals for freshwater
The Nature Conservancy (07/19)

Gathering, analyzing data needed to understand tree species’ needs, habitat preferences, limitations is no small feat; complex computer models, aided by AI and laboratory testing, can assist in selecting species that will thrive now and in the future
Mongabay News (07/19)

Walmart seeks to patent three methods for predicting the churn, acquisition and conversion of a user; patents predict user interactions with an online membership program, feeding user data, such as transactions or engagement, to a machine learning model
The Motley Fool (07/14)

Cybersecurity & Cyberspace Operations

Estee Lauder reports cybersecurity incident involving an unauthorized third party that gained access to some of its systems; company is focused on investigation and remediation, expects disruption to parts of operations
Business Wire (07/19)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Publishes Saudi Arabian Oil Company's Patent Application for Utilizing Machine Learning to Measure Application Developers' Cybersecurity Competencies
Security & Protection Patent News (07/18)


Process Improvement / Operational Design

J.D. Irving's Truro Sawmill in Nova Scotia, also known as Sproule Lumber, completes extensive modernization to boost productivity, efficiency
J.D. Irving Ltd. (07/20)


CSX Transportation reports investing US$57M in improving its newly-acquired Pan Am Railways network; company plans to spend additional US$50M by end of year, as part of two-year modernization and efficiency plan approved by Surface Transportation Board
New Hampshire Business Review (NH) (07/24)

Navigator posts Q2 net income of €66M, down 41% from year-ago and down 8% from Q1, as turnover drops 26% year-over-year to €478M; company ended H1 2023 with second-best result in its history due to record prices, focus on operational efficiency, costs
Euronext Lisbon via PUBT (07/21)

Hindustan Zinc's Highest-Ever First Quarter Mined Metal and Silver Production Backed by Operational Efficiency and Rigorous Cost Reduction Program
Business Wire India (07/21)

RBC Capital upgrades KP Tissue to outperform from sector perform and raises target by C$2 to C$12, as plunging pulp costs combined with tissue capacity expansions, operational efficiencies have boosted expectations for KP
RBC Capital Markets LLC (07/21)

H.B. Fuler announces strategic restructuring following acquisition of Beardow Adams, anticipating ongoing savings of US$20M/year once completed; company to shut three production facilities, redistributing operations across its network
H.B. Fuller Co. (07/21)

Production, Output & Shipments

South Korean steelmaker POSCO reports 56% year-on-year drop in Q2 earnings to US$621.4M amid low sales; company shifts strategic focus to producing 10.5 million tons of low-carbon steel products,1 million tons of electrical steel for auto sector by 2030
Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (07/24)

Mazda considers manufacturing vehicles in Mexico for North American market from 2028, which could qualify for US Inflation Reduction Act incentives; two new EVs planned for launch between 2025 and 2027, initially produced in Japan
MarketLine (07/21)

Honda North Carolina Manufacturing Begins ATV Production
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (07/21)

Jamaica-based AMG Packaging & Paper pulls back from its plan to produce boxes made from recycled paper, noting changing market dynamics in terms of cost of procuring virgin paper, shortfall in supply and rising freight costs of raw materials
The Weekly Gleaner (07/19)

Mazda CEO says automaker needs to speed up electrification to keep pace with competitors, aims launch first dedicated electric vehicle platform in 2027, ramp up EV production in 2028; China is key target market
MarketLine (07/18)

Energy Efficiency / Energy Management

A.Celli Nonwovens upgrades Suominen's drive systems to Siemens' SINAMICS technology, improving energy diagnostics, productivity; upgrade minimized energy consumption, balanced energy use throughout the facility and boosted performance
A.Celli Nonwovens SpA (07/20)

 Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

GlobalData: Generative AI is revolutionizing retail operations by creating personalized experiences, streamlined services; companies including Carrefour, IKEA, Amazon and Shopify are using genAI for inventory planning, improved customer support
GlobalData Plc (07/19)

Walmart analyst roundup: Jefferies highlights robotics, machine learning in next-gen fulfillment center, sees Walmart as likely leader in use of this tech in retail; Evercore expects tech investments to scale up its supply chain, drive e-commerce growth
Industry Intelligence Inc. (07/17)

Identiv completes multi-million unit order of IoT Pixel tags for IoT software as a service company Wiliot; Wiliot's ambient IoT platform uses stamp-sized IoT Pixels to track food, product transport through supply chain, including location, temperature
Identiv, Inc. (07/13)

AI solutions provider OMNIQ secures US$1.2M follow-on order from prominent transportation, logistics company; order is for OMNIQ's rugged IoT mobile computers, designed to automate processes and monitor supply chain operations
GlobeNewswire (07/13)

FedEx Innovation Lab invests in Vue.ai to collaborate, use advanced tech to create smarter supply chains with differentiated offerings for customers; Vue.ai powers AI transformation for Fortune 2000 companies and large enterprises across industries
Associated Press (07/11)

Logistics / Transportation Management

Truckstop acquires FreightFriend for efficient freight management using AI, aiming to boost business relationships and enhance freight matching services; deal strengthens Truckstop's standing in freight marketplace and compliance management offerings
PR Newswire (07/18)

CIMC TransPack to provide recycled packaging for Fengfan’s lead-acid batteries, replacing previously used disposable wooden pallets and paper packaging; move significantly reduces packaging costs, improves logistics and warehousing loading efficiency
China Business News (07/14)

IFCO completes roll-out as exclusive provider of RPCs and pooling services for ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD across Europe for the fresh fruit and vegetable categories; with roll-out, ALDI secures long-term higher logistics efficiency and greater sustainability
IFCO Systems NV (07/14)

Logistics, Shipping & Delivery

US Patent Issued to United Parcel Service of America on July 18 for "Hands-free augmented reality system for picking and/or sorting assets" (Georgia Inventor)
U.S. Fed News (07/19)

World's Largest Container Ship, MSC MICHEL CAPPELLINI, Named at 800-Guest Event in Bremerhaven
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA (07/18)

RXO's mobile app, RXO Drive, wins 2023 Best Truck Transportation Solution at World Future Awards for enabling truck drivers to find loads, manage businesses using AI, machine learning; app offers access to freight from network of over 10,000 shippers
Business Wire (07/13)

 Sustainability/Social Responsibility

Sustainability / ESG Goals & Targets

Minnesota counties of Ramsey and Washington are using AI-powered robots to sort food scraps from recyclables, potentially recovering 60,000 tons/year of materials; most residents to be in program by 2026, aiming to meet 75% state recycling goal
Waste360 (07/18)

DS Smith raises ambitions of its Now & Next Sustainability Strategy; new commitments will prioritize circularity, accelerate the journey to Net Zero, and strengthen the business’ focus on people, communities and nature
DS Smith PLC (07/17)

Environmental / Ecological / Carbon Footprint

London startup BoxxDocks secures £250,000 investment for its smart shipping solution that improves efficiency, reduces CO2 footprints; company’s recyclable boxes incorporate tracking IoT technology for logistics, can collapse to size of their contents
Business Matters (UK) (07/11)

Recycling Centers / Materials Recovery (MRF)

Artificial intelligence has potential to address challenges in waste management such as labor shortages, visibility issues, according to founder of AI platform creator Greyparrot; AI is able to identify, categorize waste items based on images
Waste360 (07/21)

Circularity / Closed Loop

Amcor to invest US$500,000 in London's Greyparrot--an AI-generated waste analytics start-up--via its Lift-Off program; Greyparrot's computer vision systems sort through large waste flows at scale, provides data to waste managers, producers, regulators
PR Newswire (07/14)