CPEIA, CME partner to explore advanced manufacturing technologies

MOU is a non-financial commitment to collaborate on a number of initiatives until 2017.

OTTAWA — The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have partnered to explore and develop 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.”

CPEIA said its confident its new connection with CME will better educate Canadian manufacturers and product companies about new business opportunities, and connect technology innovators with end users in industry verticals including automotive components, smart textiles, medical devices and intelligent packaging.

Printable and organic electronics provide manufacturers with a competitive edge and an ability to reduce production 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.

“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. “Together, we can build a new competitive advantage for Canada in global markets.”

The memorandum of understanding is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to collaborate on a number of initiatives over the next two years, including 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.

CME, headquartered in Ottawa, is Canada’s largest manufacturing sector industry association, representing more than 10,000 companies nationwide.

CPEIA was established in 2014 to bring together Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to develop the printable and organic electronics technology sector in Canada.

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