PE musings from the Mobile World Congress

By James Lee
Director, Technology and Innovation, Jones Packaging

“If you’re in mobile, or an industry that supports mobile, or are looking to make contacts in the mobile industry, you simply have to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2016.”

That was part of the pitch for the last MWC, an annual pilgrimage for the global mobile industry that brings together more than 94,000 attendees for four very busy days.

Having walked miles of exhibition floor during the MWC last month in Barcelona, it was very clear:
“If you’re in printable, flexible or wearable electronics (PE), and looking to understand where and how these technologies can enable the next generation of mobile devices and applications, MWC is a must-attend event.”

Did anyone at MWC really talk about PE? No, not in terms of an embedded or additive technology for discreet components and sub-systems. Were there applications featured where PE could, or does, come into play? Absolutely.
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Webinar recap: Funding opps with Sustainable Development Technology Canada

As part of its Technical Program, the CPEIA hosted a webinar on March 1 with Flora Livesey, Funding Advisor at SDTC, to discuss how SDTC can help Canadian companies bring to market products and services that deliver tangible environmental benefits. Michael Tischler, CTO of CPEIA member Cooledge Lighting, also talked about how his company levered SDTC funding.

The recording of this insightful webinar is now available to CPEIA Members through our Knowledge Base

Three Ontario universities receive funding to create Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

McMaster University, University of Waterloo and Western University received $35 million in funding over five years from the Government of Ontario last month as part of a $50-million project aimed at combining existing strengths in the heart of Ontario’s manufacturing region to create an Advanced Manufacturing Consortium.

The Consortium is meant to lead Ontario in advanced manufacturing in the broadest sense, including in emerging sectors like next-generation additive manufacturing (the domain of 3D and printable electronics), digital components and devices, and across a variety of sectors with the potential to make a significant impact on a global scale.

Read the full announcement.

CPEIA welcomes new Members

Automation Alternatives, from Woodbridge, Ontario, is a manufacturer of industrial automation equipment, specializing in the printed electronics industry. It manufactures laser cutting and welding machines, dispensing and pick and place machines, as well as custom automated assembly lines.

TUKU Inc. from London, Ontario, engages, informs and inspires consumers, via their personal mobile devices, to make confident in-store purchase decisions. It does this by levering near-field-communications (NFC) in combination with multiple other technology platforms to deliver targeted, relevant, dynamic product content, in-store, at the exact moment of final purchase decision. The result is increased sales for retailers and brand owners. 

CPES2016 welcomes new sponsor
CPES2016, Canada’s Printable, Flexible and Wearable Electronics Symposium, has welcomed a new Bronze Sponsor. XENON Corporation is the global leader in Pulsed Light technology, with more than 50 years of experience and 3,000+ systems deployed on industrial production lines worldwide. Xenon’s technology plays a key role in applications as diverse as printed electronics, sanitization, food enhancement, optical disc, semiconductor, display and solar simulation.


Secure your spot at CPES2016: Register now!

CPES2016 takes place April 19-20 at Sheridan College's new conference centre in Toronto.

CPES2016 is the key Canadian event for the printable, flexible and wearable electronics industries. We expect over 100 organizations and 200 attendees.

Conference registration is now open.

Check out the full agenda.

Nomination deadline for CPES Innovation Awards: March 31

The nomination period for the inaugural CPES Innovation Awards closes soon. Be recognized for your accomplishments in printable, flexible and wearable electronics before an international audience. Learn more and submit a nomination.


Take the XRCC Facility Tour after CPES2016

CPES2016 attendees can spend a third day in the Toronto area and benefit from an exclusive tour of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC)

During the tour, attendees will be shown XRCC’s print labs, which house a variety of tools for 3D printing and printable electronics, as well as the 24,000-square-foot chemical pilot plant, a flexible and modular facility which can accommodate a variety of chemistries and processes.

The tour will take place on April 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at 2660 Speakman Dr., Mississauga, ON. Advance registration is required and all participants must sign-in on the day of the tour. Learn more and register.

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ISCAS 2016: Special Session, Printable Electronics, May 23, Montreal

The IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) is the world’s premier networking forum of leading researchers in the highly active fields of theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems.

The 2016 edition takes place in Montreal May 22-26. On May 23, a Special Session on Printable Electronics will feature presentations on:
  • Flexible Electrical Circuits Printed on Polymers Using Graphene-Cellulose Inks
  • Flexible Printed Organic Photovoltaic Antennas for the Internet of Things
  • Fully-Additive Printed Electronics: Process Development Kit
  • Aerosol Jet Printing for Printed Electronics Rapid Prototyping
  • Low-Cost Trimmable Manufacturing Methods for Printable Electronics
Learn more about this special session.

Learn more about ISCAS 2016 and register.
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IEEE ANTEM 2016, July 10-13, Montreal

IEEE’s 17th International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM) takes place July 10-13 in Montreal. As part of ANTEM, the CPEIA will lead a special half-day Session on Printable Electronics.

The CPEIA has begun working with IEEE to develop applications for printable, flexible and wearable electronics and help our members tap into IEEE’s global networks. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about PE-based antennas and network with delegates from around the world.

Learn more about ANTEM. For more information on this special session, please contact Peter Kallai at


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