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AFT starts new pulp mill reject refiner at BillerudKorsnas's paper mill in Skärblacka, Sweden, designed to defiberize knots, shives and fiber bundles coming from pulp screening; installation includes AFTLinx for remotely monitoring refiner performance

Emerson announces PACSystem Edge Solutions, a new portfolio of turnkey industrial edge hardware, software solutions; portfolio helps users reduce time spent integrating, developing and validating digital transformation projects

Gartner predicts 75% of large enterprises will adopt some form of intralogistics smart robots in warehouse operations by 2026; these robots are specialized forms of cyber-physical robotic automation aimed at warehouse, distribution center environments

Study finds top impactful sustainability actions for firms--creating sustainable output, requiring partners to meet criteria, updating facilities to be climate-resistant, including climate considerations into lobbying, tying leader compensation to results

DS Smith, IBM develop AI solution to improve recovered paper quality at mill in Kemsley, UK, refining model as more data is analyzed; AI uses cameras to identify composition quality of loose paper and containerboard before being sent for baling, recycling

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January 11, 2022

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Disruptive Innovation

Three start-ups win Colgate-Palmolive's first Colgate Connect Challenge; Dermala creates personalized skin-care products using microbiome, analytics, while SkinDNA's wearable skin patch analyzes skin microbiome, and Gennev offers menopause telehealth
Business Wire (01/10)

Paris-based SelfCareOne showcases automated essential oil system, SelfCare1, at CES 2022; smart, connected device and daily wellness cartridge use eight organic botanical oils, 50 programs to formulate personalized beauty, skin serums, wellness elixirs
PR Newswire (01/04)

L'Oreal debuts Colorsonic, a handheld device that mixes, applies hair color for consumers at home, and Coloright, an AI-connected hair-color system for salon stylists that uses virtual try-on, algorithm to create 1,500 on-demand, custom hair color shades
PR Newswire (01/03)

Smart Manufacturing/Smart Factory

Hyundai, Unity sign memorandum of understanding to jointly design, build new metaverse roadmap and platform for Meta-Factory pertaining to smart manufacturing, AI training, autonomous driving simulation; HMGICS, which opens in 2022, will test concept
Hyundai Motor Co. (01/10)

Manufacturing innovation institute LIFT, in conjunction with Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Siemens Digital Industries, begins developing a Digital Twin Smart Factory Showcase at its Corktown facility; showcase to be completed Q1 2022
Indian Manufacturing News (12/29)

Bioeconomy

Biomaterials no longer 'niche' as manufacturers see rapid rise in interest fueled by growing need of big corporations; investors are backing plant-based innovations and some experts think biobased materials could be adopted at mass scale within five years
dezeen (12/28)

New Market/Market Expansion

Doosan Robotics says it has become South Korea's first to achieve annual sales record of 1,000 units for cobots; company has raised US$33.7M in investments, plans to establish North American and Western European subsidiaries to accelerate growth
PR Newswire (01/04)

Transformation - Market

Avon reports two in five women over 55 don's consider wrinkles, fine lines one of their biggest skin insecurities; consumers embraced aging as 'something to strive for' amid pandemic, spurring shift from anti-aging to authentic aging in skin, hair care
Avon Products Inc. (01/10)

Commentary: Amid pandemic, cleaning industry propelling shift in consumer thinking that cleaning is not a chore but act of caring for others; consumers will remain interested in protecting themselves, their families 'when we come out of this': Reckitt CMO
ADWEEK (12/28)

Transformation - Company

Keweenaw Land Assn. closes previously announced sale of timber assets, primarily in Michigan; company to focus on mineral assets, appoints Timothy G. Lynott as president to oversee mineral operation, scales down its board
Globe Newswire (12/28)

 Digital

Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning/ Robotics

Checkers & Rally's to deploy Presto’s voice ordering solution at all corporate-owned restaurants nationwide, says it's the first large concept to utilize AI-based drive-thru voice ordering across the US
Business Wire (01/10)

Commercial service robot maker Pudu Robotics debuts Afra C1 cleaning robot at CES 2022; machine marks Pudu's official entry into commercial cleaning robot market, as it seeks to explore applications of digital technology in hygiene, sanitation services
PR Newswire (01/06)

Perfect Corp. partners with Chicago-area Tricoci Salons & Spas to offer guests AR-, AI-powered services, including virtual try-ons, online skin diagnostics, data-driven personalization, product recommendations via company's updated app
PR Newswire (01/06)

Amazon highlights how it uses machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision to determine the right amount of packaging for each product and reduce waste; over past six years, company has reduced per-shipment packaging weight by 36%
Amazon.com Inc. (01/06)

Remeo's new €35M Helsinki recycling center uses ZenRobotics automation to process 120,000 tonnes/year of construction waste; robots' 12 arms, AI cameras, metal detectors identify, sort items, raising recycling rates 50%-90% compared to human workers
Thai News Service (01/04)

Augmented/Virtual Reality/Visualization

Commentary: Gaming, NFTs, metaverse taking center stage in beauty marketing--and momentum likely to continue this year; 'beauty is a brand new space for Xbox to play in,' Xbox exec says following launch of OPI 12-shade nail polish collaboration
Digiday (01/05)

Guggenheim names Nike 'best idea' for 2022, says it's headed into 'next era' of digital commerce as metaverse strategy evolves, which includes video games, creation of a metaverse studio, and promised line of digital sneakers called CryptoKicks
Business Insider (01/03)

Thimm highlights its click'n'display digital configurator--used by Bremer Spirituosen Contor for creating its alcohol displays; the configurator starts with a simulation, which can then be customized to the customer’s products and specifications
Thimm Verpackung (01/03)

Perfect Corp. founder, CEO Alice Chang recognized by 2021 Tech Trailblazers Awards as a Top Female Leader in Tech; Perfect Corp. is leading AI, AR beauty and fashion tech solutions provider
Business Wire (12/28)

Remote/Virtual Experience

Whitepaper discusses an alternative approach to video conferencing security for modern organizations; whitepaper recommends new secure video classification guidelines to protect privacy and data based on the sensitivity of information discussed
GlobeNewswire (01/04)

Digitalization

Commentary: NFT market could outstrip bitcoin's as NFTs can serve as proof of ownership for property, says investor Kevin O'Leary; NFT market's value swelled to US$41B in 2021, while bitcoin's valuation has soared beyond US$2T during 2021
Business Insider (01/06)

Cryptocurrency

One in nine first-time US homebuyers surveyed in Q4 said selling cryptocurrency helped them save for a down payment; digital currencies likely on the rise as a payment method among homebuyers as millennials, Gen Z increase share in housing market: Redfin
Redfin Corp. (01/07)

Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin's price could hit US$100,000 if it keeps taking market share from gold; bitcoin estimated to command 20% share of 'store of value' market, and its market share will likely rise as more institutions turn their eye to digital assets
Business Insider (01/05)

Cloud Computing

Google's cloud division acquires Israeli cybersecurity startup Siemplify; deal comes after Google pledged to President Joe Biden last August to invest US$10B in cybersecurity over next five years amid a significant rise in cyber attacks and data breaches
Reuters (01/04)

Data Management/Analytics/Privacy

RoadRunner Recycling's data-driven waste management platform raises US$70M from General Atlantic's climate venture BeyondNetZero; platform uses machine learning, big data to help businesses efficiently, cost-effectively divert waste from landfills
VentureBeat (01/07)

Minerva Labs wins 2021 CyberSecured Awards in the Remote Work category; company’s enterprise grade endpoint protection solution protects both managed (corporate) and unmanaged (BYOD) devices without compromising a user’s privacy
Business Wire (12/28)

Cybersecurity

CPH temporarily shuts down paper, packaging operations in Perlen and Mullheim, Switzerland, respectively, after Jan. 7 cyber attack; Perlen Papier is Switzerland's sole publication paper mill with 560,000 tonnes/year capacity of newsprint, coated paper
Industry Intelligence Inc. (01/10)

Ways to prevent cyberattacks include training and filtering to fight phishing, using reliable backups for quick recovery, enabling stronger endpoint security for remote work, and implementing multi-factor authentication, says IT security consultant
PR Web (01/06)

‘Elephant Beetle’ is an organized financial-theft operation targeting legacy Java applications running on Linux-based machines; Elephant Beetle is chiefly focused in Latin America, but has already targeted a US-based company: Sygnia
Business Wire (01/06)

Mentions of cybersecurity within filings of companies in the packaging industry rose 32% between Q1 and Q2, according to GlobalData analysis; also, of the 30 biggest employers, WestRock referred to cybersecurity the most between July 2020 and June 2021
MarketLine (12/28)

Canadian Centre for Cyber Security releases ransomware playbook to help organizations prepare for, respond to ransomware attacks; playbook highlights cybersecurity controls, such as perimeter defenses, logging and alerting, penetration testing, more
Mondaq Business Briefing (12/28)

 Manufacturing

Efficiency

ProJet provides equipment service support to PM1 at Reno de Medici's cartonboard mill in Barcelona, Spain; PM1 produces liner, fluting made from 100% OCC, and preventative maintenance reduces extreme contamination of dryer section for improved efficiency
Projet B.V. (01/10)

ProJet completes Factory Acceptance Test of two new dry end high pressure tail cutters, two dryer fabric cleaners to India's Shah Paper with installation, startup in Q1 2022; equipment to provide continuous cleaning for producing more durable fabrics
Projet B.V. (01/10)

ProJet to supply undisclosed number of dryer fabric cleaners, press felt cleaners for PM4's 100% OCC liner, fluting production at Natron-Hayat's paper mill in Maglaj, Bosnia-Herzegovina, with startup in later 2022; upgrade improves cleaning efficiency
Projet B.V. (01/10)

 Sustainability/Social Responsibility

Reuse/Next Use/Upcycling/Closed Loop

Trinseo completes acquisition of Heathland; acquisition enables Trinseo to have access to comprehensive mechanical, chemical recycling technologies, as well as PCR and PIR PMMA, PC, ABS, PS, other thermoplastic wastes as feedstock
Business Wire (01/03)

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