This vertical consists of three sub-industries: chemical, industrial machinery & equipment, and construction.

The chemical industry, after experiencing slow growth in the past few years, is trending toward healthier growth due to increases in oil prices, the proposed new U.S. corporate tax plan, and an easing in regulations.

In the industrial machinery & equipment industry, key trends and areas of prior PreScouter research include robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and additive manufacturing.

In construction and building materials, key trends and emerging technologies that PreScouter has investigated include demand for green materials, smart materials, VR/AR, and modular construction. Key challenges are labor shortages, increased labor and material costs, and sustainability challenges such emissions reduction.

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  • Fact checking / validation I read an article on Startup company KhemCo claiming their new chiral separation process. What academic papers support this claim?
  • Technology identification Identify the top 5 startups spun out from academia that manufacture carbon nanotube-doped polymers.
  • Literature/Patent Review Provide a detailed summary on Professor Smith’s tribology publications over the past 2 years
  • Data review / analysis Aggregate and analyze the attached list of startups as a function of their product’s thermal stability.
  • General inquiries Which global region is HVAC equipment sales growing the fastest last year?

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  • Technology Landscape Develop a technology landscape of all novel insulating materials based on R-factor.
  • Technology Scouting Provide an overview of all industrial 3-D metal printers.
  • Interview / private information acquisition Attain an interview with Professor Xu to understand the scalability of her recent one-pot synthesis paper.
  • Competitive Analysis Which chemical companies have started academic collaborations with professors in the US over the past 5 years?
  • Market Analysis What are the key factors inhibiting the growth of the organic photovoltaic market?

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Materials News

13 Jul 2017
Heidi Reidel
Heidi Reidel

The Successes and Failures of 3D Printed Prosthetics

The 3D printing industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years, with one of…

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28 Jun 2017
Rebecca Alexander
Rebecca Alexander

This Breathable Workout Suit Stops Sweat

One troublesome side-effect of working out is dealing with the sweat and stink that follow.…

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23 Jun 2017
Heidi Reidel
Heidi Reidel

The Latest in Concrete Innovations: Programmable Cement

According to Architect Magazine, concrete is humanity’s most consumed substance after water. Cement is also…

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Thought Leader

  • João Guerreiro, PhD

    Project Architect

    João Guerreiro, Ph.D., specializes in the materials sector. As an academic, João performed research in Bio-Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, the University College London in the UK, and the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

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quote PreScouter made us aware of 23 emerging technologies that we probably would not have become aware of (otherwise) Dr. Richard Demke

Case Studies

Which technologies are going to create new markets for our existing products?
Need: New Markets for Existing Products

The Client is the global leader in producing a particular chemical. This Fortune 1000 company had high coverage of existing markets and understood their maturity. The Client was innovative; they realized that new technologies were evolving at a rate faster than they could analyze. The Client came to PreScouter to discover experts, intellectual property, and startups developing novel technologies that will create new markets for their existing chemical.

PreScouter assembled a team of Scholars with domain strengths within advanced materials and materials engineering to address the Client’s need. The Scholar team found a wealth of information that was new and of interest to the Client. Specifically, the Scholar team identified one startup, six patents and 12 academic researchers who had developed late-stage technologies in nascent markets that integrate the Client’s primary product line. The Client stated that they (collectively) had not considered 80% of the technologies reported, and the report was shared throughout the entire organization. Based on PreScouter’s findings, the Client has developed new market strategies to monitor and leverage new & emerging markets for their existing product.



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