Canadian Manufacturing

CME partners with printable electronics association

The new partnership between CME and CPEIA will explore ways to integrate printable electronics into manufacturing

OTTAWA—The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have partnered to explore the manufacturing applications for printable and organic electronics.

“Printable and organic electronics is an emerging manufacturing platform for high-volume, low-cost and automated production of a variety of electronic components,” said Peter Kallai, executive director of the CPEIA. “It has far-reaching applications to power the connected world and the Internet of Things, by making objects smart and connected. With CME’s industry clout, we can better educate manufacturers and product companies across Canada about these new business opportunities, and connect technology innovators with end users in a variety of industry verticals, such as automotive components, smart textiles, medical devices and intelligent packaging.”

Printable and organic electronics give manufacturers and product companies the means to increase their competitive edge and reduce costs, with new applications and alternatives to traditional electronic components. But key challenges remain to apply new materials, microcircuits, manufacturing equipment and processes, and information systems for specific applications, to bring these applications to market. In these challenges lie opportunities for Canadian firms.

“Canada has a proud pedigree in advanced manufacturing for a host of industries where printable and organic electronics can increase the competitiveness of our members,” said Jayson Myers, President and CEO of CME. “We are excited to explore with the CPEIA and its members—the tech developers—how our members, the tech users, can take advantage of the new opportunities created by printable and organic electronics. Together, we can build a new competitive advantage for Canada in global markets.”

The two organizations will collaborate on a number of initiatives over the next two years, including webinars, working groups that will develop white papers, and assisting members in securing third-party funding for development and commercialization.

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association brings together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong Canadian Printable and Organic Electronics technology sector.

CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. CME represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide.

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