You have to line up that first domino to start a chain reaction

By Peter Kallai

Who wants it? Why?

These two simple questions should drive any effort to bring to market a new product, service or application. But the answers can be quite hard to find when the technology at hand is not yet widely understood or used.

Printable and organic electronics (PE) is no exception.

PE is an emerging global industry with revenues expected to grow by the tens of billions for the foreseeable future. It’s fundamental to the Internet of Things.

And yet, outside of multinational electronics manufacturers using PE to push the boundaries of display technology, there are many niche applications ripe for the taking that remain untapped.

Why? Because the potential end users are simply unaware of PE and how PE-enabled products and applications can benefit them.

There’s a job to do, and it rests squarely on the shoulders of Canadian SMEs active in the PE space. 

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Check out EP&T’s video recap of CPES2015

The 2015 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium was a smashing success. Stephen Law, editor of media sponsor Electronic Products & Technology, was onsite and chronicled the event. Here is his video recap in which our keynote speakers share their thoughts about CPES2015 and the global opportunity that exists for Canada in printable and organic electronics.

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CPEIA CEO speaks at Canadian packaging industry’s premier event

On June 17, Peter Kallai joined industry leaders from across Canada’s packaging industry as a keynote speaker at the 2015 PAC Summit, hosted by PAC, Packaging Consortium in Toronto. 

It was an opportunity to introduce printable and organic electronics to a key industry vertical where the CPEIA sees great potential for Canadian PE companies. PE is enabling new ways to manage inventory, track items as they are shipped, better maintain product freshness, monitor medication usage and identify packing materials for recycling.

With the theme, “Making your FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Smart,” Kallai presented various examples of how PE is already being used by major consumer brands in their packaging, marketing and the work that must be done to develop this market opportunity.  

In April, the CPEIA and PAC signed an MOU to explore how printable and organic electronics can help Canada’s packaging industry. PAC’s 2,200 members come from all sectors of the packaging value chain, from start of life to next life. These include retailers, consumer brands, package manufacturers and services, waste management and government.

Help the CPEIA, CABA revolutionize the intelligent buildings sector

June 30 is the deadline to express your interest in participating in this white paper working group. This is a joint effort between the CPEIA and the Continental Automated Buildings Association to explore the commercial opportunities for printable and organic electronics in building automation and control. Stakeholders from across Canada’s printable electronics industry will collaborate with key players in the intelligent building industry to assess opportunities and technological readiness, and develop actionable technology roadmaps. 

To learn more, please refer to our recent CABA WP Notice, or contact CPEIA President and CEO Peter Kallai at 613.795.8181 or at

Vertical Partner Events and News

RFID in China: Status, applications and markets

This free webinar, presented by IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr. Xiaoxi He, is taking place Tuesday, June 30, at noon ET. Space is limited.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is now experiencing rapid growth across industrial, consumer and government applications. The use of RFID is moving to East Asia. Will manufactures of RFID hardware and software as well as integrators also follow suit? 

This webinar is based on the new IDTechEx Research report "RFID in China 2015-2025: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities" (

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Learn production steps of organic solar cell printing through this live-streaming event

On Thursday, June 25, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will live-stream its roll-to-roll printing processes from its pilot factory. Participants will receive a sample organic solar cell module printed during the session. Learn about the production steps of solar cell printing, and watch live as VTT machine operators print the final step in the process – namely printing of the conductive layer onto the pre-fabricated OPV stack. 

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to learn more and to register.

PAC, Packaging Consortium: PACed Course 3

Are you interested in learning more about materials and options in the packaging industry, to better understand where your printable electronics products and applications may be applicable to this market vertical? Sept 15 to 17 in Mississauga, PAC will be holding a certificate program and plant tour that explores paperboard and folding cartons, specialty packaging, closures, adhesives and an introduction to sustainable packaging.

Visit the PAC website for more information or to register.

CABA completes 'Connected Consumer Roadmap: Driven by the Internet of Things'  

This research study assessed consumer expectations around the devices they use every day to live in a fully connected world, and also provides insight into key industry topics, ranging from cybersecurity to privacy. The research project also explored and identified new opportunities and solutions within varying technology ecosystems. The report found that around 96 billion connected IoT devices are forecast to be in use by 2025. 

For more information, please see the CABA website. The report will be available for purchase after an embargo period.

Printing OLED on Textile:
Luminescence for clothing, wearables and wallpapers

This master class is taking place June 23 in Dusseldorf, Germany, hosted by the European Securities and Market Authority. While it may not be on the radar of our Members, it is a fascinating example of the kinds of innovative research related to printable and organic electronics taking place elsewhere in the world.

POLEOT (Printing Of Light Emitting devices On Textile) employs printing technology for producing innovative textiles with light-emitting properties. These electroluminescent and light-emitting diodes are efficient, lightweight and environment-friendly light sources that will give rise to a new generation of textiles. Luminescent inks will soon find applications for innovative screen and digital inkjet techniques.

To learn more, visit the POLEOT website and check out the videos on flexible lamps and wallpapers of the future.


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