Canada’s printable electronics industry is gaining steam

By Peter Kallai

On July 31, the Government of Canada announced a $25 million investment to help build a state-of-the-art advanced materials research facility in Mississauga. This is a partnership between two of our members, the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

This is another example of how Canada’s printable and organic electronics (PE) industry is gaining steam, eager to take advantage of billions of dollars of opportunity emerging in market verticals around the globe.

The new facility will pursue materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing, and chemical process engineering, to develop the printed electronics, devices, sensors and smart materials needed to take advantage of new opportunities in emerging market verticals such as medical, automotive, aerospace, defence, building automation and packaging.

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CPEIA launches IntelliBUILD

The CPEIA is advancing the development and adoption of new products and applications enabled with printable, organic and flexible electronics (PE) for the intelligent building industry with IntelliBUILD. Like IntelliPACK, this is a business network that provides industry players with a structured  commercialization framework to foster collaboration between the creators and integrators of PE technologies with end users in a key market vertical. This program has the support of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA).

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CPEIA, PAC launch IntelliPACK

The CPEIA and PAC, Packaging Consortium are advancing the development and adoption of new products and applications enabled with PE for the global packaging industry with a new business network called IntelliPACK. This new commercialization framework also has the support of Europe’s Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA), and the National Research Council of Canada.

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CPEIA, AIPIA partner for active & intelligent packaging

The CPEIA and the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore how printable and organic electronics can drive the development of new technologies that will reduce waste and supply chain costs for the global packaging industry.

Securing this partnership with the AIPIA, a global association that brings together the world’s largest companies interested in intelligent packaging, represents a major achievement for the CPEIA.

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Sponsor the 2016 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium

CPES2016 will take place April 19-20 at Sheridan College's new conference centre in Toronto. We plan to double in size and scope from last year and continue to build CPES into a major industry event that attracts participants from around the world wishing to network with Canadian industry players.

Last year’s sponsors are already renewing. Keystep Growth & Finance has taken Bronze. Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is again a Gold Sponsor. NovaCentrix has become our first ever Diamond Sponsor.

So don’t wait, the opportunities are fading fast. Commit before Nov. 1 to receive CPES 2015 sponsorship rates. On Nov. 1, sponsorship rates will increase.

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Lever your Membership with the CPEIA

Help shape Canada’s premier printable electronics industry event

We need industry leaders to join the organizing committee for the 2016 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium (CPES2016). Help us create a compelling program and secure world-class speakers on the cutting edge of printable, organic and flexible electronics. We want to explore the latest research and technologies, as well as products and applications driven by industry need that are, or soon will be, market-ready.

To learn more, please contact committee chair Peter Kallai, President and CEO of the CPEIA, at

Upcoming Events 

Thursday, Sept. 24 – the CPEIA-PAC Intelligent Packaging Webinar

Rachel Morier and Jim Downham of PAC, Packaging Consortium will provide an overview of PAC’s food waste and packaging waste reduction objectives and programs, and discuss how active and intelligent packaging can help consumers reduce waste in specific ways. Our interest at the CPEIA is how printable, organic and flexible electronics can enable active and intelligent packaging.

If you are a CPEIA member interested in this webinar but haven’t yet registered, please contact Leo Valiquette at

Tuesday Oct. 20 – Printable Electronics for Intelligent Packaging -- CPEIA-PAC fall workshop

This workshop is your opportunity to engage with industry players from among PAC’s membership and learn how your PE-related technologies or applications could help to address the packaging industry’s key priorities, such as reducing food and packaging waste.

The workshop is taking place at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada
(NeXus Facility)
2660 Speakman Dr.,

Please contact Peter Kallai at for more information.

Connected + Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 28-29, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto

CONNECTED + is the premier event in Toronto where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in IoT and its smart home technologies, connected consumer devices, and the latest innovations. From wearables, connectivity platforms, home automation, smart security, smart energy, or even connected health, CONNECTED + offers a 360 degree view on this ever-growing industry.

For more information, please visit the Connected + Conference and Exhibition website

Nov. 18-19 – Printed Electronics USA 2015, Nov. 18-19, Santa Clara, CA

The only global event focused on the commercialization of printable, organic and flexible electronics. Meet customers, do business. Over 200 exhibitors and 3,000 attendees are expected.

This is the signature industry event at which the CPEIA had its coming out last fall as part of the Canadian delegation that took part in the National Research Council's well-received Canadian Pavilion. We will be making the trip again this year.

Visit the Printed Electronics USA website to learn more.

To learn about taking part in the Canadian delegation, please contact Peter Kallai at

Nov. 18-19 – AIPIA Congress 2015, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, Holland

The theme of this year’s event will focus on practical solutions that have shown they work successfully in the marketplace, or which are about to be, or are very close, to commercial launch. Attendees will discover how each Active & Intelligent packaging solution was implemented, the issues that were overcome to bring the solution to market and the impact it is having.

To learn more about attending or speaking at this premier international event, please visit the Congress website.


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