OTTAWA—November 10 2014—The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (www.cpeia.ca), the united voice of Canada’s Printable Electronics sector, is joining the delegation of Canadian companies with the National Research Council of Canada that will be exhibiting at Printed Electronics USA 2014

Printed Electronics USA, an annual conference hosted by market research firm IDTechEx, is the largest of its kind in the world dedicated to the emerging field of Printable Electronics (PE). This year, organizers expect 200 exhibitors from around the world, up from 155 in 2013, and 2,500 attendees.

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) will be making its debut at the conference, at Booth G18. It is promoting a group of Canadian companies engaged in the PE sector that are part of the Canadian Pavilion (Booth H18).

The CPEIA’s mandate is to bring together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong Canadian PE sector. It was founded with the support of the National Research Council and Canada’s PE Consortium.

Become a Member of the CPEIA

This is your opportunity to learn about what Canada has to offer the world and discuss how you or your organization can participate in the growth of Canada’s PE sector.

The CPEIA is actively recruiting members. Any individual or organization with a vested interest in PE willing to participate in the growth of Canada’s PE sector is a welcome addition to our Membership. This includes end customers and end users of PE applications, startups and SMEs, university and government research labs, systems integrators and OEMs, and venture capitalists and angel groups. Membership is open to Canadian and international organizations.

“PE represents a tremendous opportunity for Canadian companies to develop amazing products and applications at the leading edge of technology, create jobs and reaffirm Canada’s reputation for innovation on the global stage,” said Peter Kallai, Executive Director of the CPEIA. “This association will serve as the enabler of all that, and there is no better place to introduce ourselves than at Printed Electronics USA.”

Seven exhibitors are joining the NRC and the CPEIA in the Canadian pavilion, representing a cross-section of Canada’s PE supply chain. Visitors will have the opportunity to see PE components intended to serve a specific need or application go from the concept stage, through to final production, before their very eyes.

Canada’s Printable Electronics opportunity

PE lies at the convergence of several industries in which Canada has a strong track record – advanced materials, micro-electronics, information and communications technologies, printing and advanced manufacturing.

Close to 50 Canadian companies already have a business interest in PE. Three years ago, the NRC stepped up to drive the growth of a robust industry sector in Canada by creating its PE Flagship research program. It also led the creation of the PE Consortium with 14 industry partners. A full industry association, the CPEIA, was the next logical step in the evolution of Canada’s PE sector.

What is Printable Electronics?

PE combines new materials with cost effective, large area production processes that open up new fields of application. Conventional printing processes, such as screen-printing, flexography, gravure, and inkjet, are used to deposit conductive inks onto a variety of flexible substrates, such as plastics, papers and fabrics.

The goal is a whole new world of electronics that are low cost and consume little power. They can be disposable, flexible, and even biodegradable and stretchable.

Some PE components are already all around us. These include the biosensors in the disposable glucose test strips used by diabetes patients, embedded antennas for mobile devices and touch displays.

About CPEIA

Established in 2014, the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) brings together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong Canadian PE sector. The Association is the united voice for the sector and implements critical development strategies to facilitate growth through networking, stimulate R&D and investment, build a strong PE supply chain and drive the broad adoption of PE by end customers.

For further information or to become a member, please contact Peter Kallai, President and CEO, at pkallai@cpeia-acei.ca or +1 613-795-8181.

Media inquiries can be directed to Leo Valiquette, Director of Marketing and Communications, at lvaliquette@cpeia-acei.ca or +1 613-769-9479.