MOU will see continued exploration of advanced manufacturing technologies

OTTAWA—February 18, 2015—The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (www.cpeia-acei.ca) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (www.cme-mec.ca) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding 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 MOU is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to collaborate on a number of initiatives over the next two years. These include educational events such as webinars, working groups that will develop white papers, and assistance to help members secure funding from external sources for development and commercialization activities.

About the 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 Printable and Organic Electronics technology sector. CPEIA currently has over 40 members and is growing fast. 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 Printable and Organic Electronics supply chain and drive the broad adoption of Printable and Organic Electronics by end customers in a range of Canadian industries, including Packaging, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Health and Wellness, Secure Printing, Marketing and Commerce, and Consumer Electronics and Wearables.

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.

About CME

CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. Founded in 1871, CME represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide, and – through various initiatives, including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, international trade, and service-related industries. More than 85 per cent of its members are small and medium-sized enterprises. Collectively, CME’s membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all goods and services exports.

For further information, please contact Jeff Brownlee, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Partnerships, at jeff.brownlee@cme-mec.ca  or +1 613-238-8888 x4233.

Media inquiries can be directed to Brad Fougere, communications specialist, at brad.fougere@cme-mec.ca or +1 613-447-0039.