Packaging is too often an afterthought, with performance, sustainability, and function taking a back seat to cost. But packaging innovation can not only improve these metrics, it can enable entirely new classes of products, services, and even companies.

Lux Research tracks packaging needs and opportunities across many industries, applications, and modes. We help clients develop intelligent packaging solutions that monitor product contents and extend shelf-life; track the product throughout the distribution channel and provide a selling interface to the end user; and improve the environmental footprint before, during, and after the product is sold. For manufacturers, distributors and retailers, consumers, and recycling/recovery companies, our services find new packaging materials, processes, and business models in:

  • Advanced Materials: Functional and protective coatings, structural materials, smart materials
  • Agro Innovation: Transportation, shelf-life, stability, processing, novel production processes
  • Autonomous Systems 2.0: Sensors and factory automation, supply-chain integration, autonomous delivery vehicles
  • Bio-based Materials and Chemicals: Renewable packaging materials, recycling technologies, and secondary products
  • Coatings: Emerging materials components, formulations, processes and properties for coatings from cross-industry platforms to industry-specific applications
  • Digital Health and Wellness: Sensors, diagnostics, in-package product quality monitoring
  • Electronic User Interfaces: Flexible/ultralow power displays for packages and shelves; VR/AR experience for smart retail
  • Food and Nutrition: Packaging of prebiotics/probiotics and functional foods; nutrient/flavor preservation, packaging and distribution of foods with novel ingredients
  • Industrial Internet of Things: Improved operations and new business models through smart devices and connectivity
  • Wearable Electronics: Lightweight memory, logic, sensing components; novel display and sensing technologies for packages and shelves

Our clients include the world's largest food, beverage, and other consumer packaged goods companies; product manufacturers; and waste treatment/recycling firms.