Our new website, intelliFLEX.org, is now live!

Earlier this month, we announced our new name and brand identity – the intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance. We are happy to announce that the transition is complete from our old CPEIA domain. Visit our new site – intelliflex.org, to learn about our expanded program offerings and how we are working to help you, our value Member, overcome the hurdles to your organization’s success in printable, flexible and hybrid electronics.

We also recently hosted a one-hour webinar in which we introduced the new brand, the rationale behind it and what this means for our Members going forward. A recording of that webinar is available for free – access the recording here.

Also, you can find us on Twitter at @intelliFLEX_org and on LinkedIn.

intelliFLEX tests the waters, builds bridges for Canada’s superclusters initiative

Where do our FHE Institute and Smart Textile and Wearables Institute proposals fit?

By Peter Kallai
Where does the flexible and hybrid electronics (FHE) sector fit into Canada’s $950-million Innovation Superclusters Initiative to “create more middle-class jobs and more opportunities for Canadian businesses to grow into globally successful brands?”

This is an important and timely question for the intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance and our Board of Directors, as we plan to hold consultations on October 24 on our two institute concepts to overcome this sector’s challenges (register now to be part of these consultations at our Sector Development Leadership Council). Here is a quick update on what we have done to-date to secure funding for our sector and build a common vision for the future through consultation.

Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, science and economic development, announced the superclusters initiative in May, with the goal to create up to five superclusters. Each supercluster will be a non-profit consortium that includes large and small companies, post-secondary educational institutions or non-profit organizations. Applications will be accepted from both Canadian companies and international companies with Canadian operations. Each business-led consortium must match the government contribution dollar-for-dollar.

As part of stage one, about 50 letters of intent have been submitted to date. In the next stage, some will be invited to submit full proposals. In the end, only five will succeed, the rest will not.
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Say hello to intelliFLEX’s new events coordinator

The growth of our programs and mandate means it’s time we expanded the team. So please say hello to Marie Bilodeau, who joined us over the summer in this exciting part-time role.

Marie is an event professional with more than 15 years of experience organizing events, from budget planning and revenue generation to registration and all the little things that matter. She has worked extensively in the non-profit sector and with industry associations in technology areas that align with our focus, such as intelligent textiles.

Marie is a strong addition to our team and has already taken a lead role with our busy event schedule.

Acquire Industries seeks prototyping partner for roll-to-roll lamination

intelliFLEX Member company Acquire Industries is currently prototyping flexible heating devices that require wide roll-to-roll lamination and/or mounting capabilities. Any fellow Members in the printing, graphics, packaging or related industry that may have the technical experience and facilities to rapid-prototype roll-to-roll please contact edward@acquireindustries.com.

Nano Dimension unveils new 3D printer for agile hardware development, innovative circuits

Nano Dimension Ltd. has released the DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer. This printer removes many of the complexities and bottlenecks inherent in printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping, allowing companies involved in developing electronics to take control of their development cycles and realize the benefits of fast, secure and cost-effective agile electronics development. Designers and engineers can now innovate rapidly from proof of concept, through design validation to test fixtures, by 3D printing their own multilayer PCBs.

Learn more from Nano Dimension.

Group NanoXplore completes reverse takeover for public listing

Group NanoXplore of Montreal has completed a reverse takeover transaction with Graniz Mondal Inc. that has given NanoXplore a public listing on the TSX Venture Exchange and raised $9.7 million through a private placement.

NanoXplore is Canada’s largest producer of graphene and one of the largest graphene producers in the world. The combination of high quality and highly effective graphene, high volume capacity and low costs allows NanoXplore to supply graphene and graphene composite solutions to address printed and flexible electronic applications. Areas of interest include functional inks, substrates and coatings.

Graniz Mondal Inc. is in the supply business for graphene companies like NanoXplore. It holds interests in one mineral property located in Northern Québec, and an option on a graphite deposit in the region of Mont-Laurier.
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Check out the video recaps of CPES2017

As you know, we capped off another great conference in May at Centennial College. CPES2017, Canada’s premier conference and trade show exhibition for printable, flexible and hybrid electronics, drew 150 attendees from almost 90 organizations to discuss how they can work together to commercialize new products and applications.

To capture the essence of it all, we once again have a great overview piece from one of our valued media sponsors, EP&T Magazine. This is followed by a series of segments shot by our own video crew. As a special value, we also have a 90-minute dive into financing options for your business with a panel of experts.

View our CPES2017 videos.

Build your dream team with OPE Careers

Our industry is growing and intelliFLEX Members are hiring. Build your dream team for printable, flexible, and hybrid electronics. OPE Careers is a unique web portal to promote your career opportunities across North America and abroad.

You may have jobs posted on other sites, but only here can you get premier positioning and industry-specific exposure. For professionals and employers alike, the journey to connect talent with opportunity begins right here.

Have you checked out OPE-Careers.com?


Part-time career opportunities with intelliFLEX

We are hiring! Are you a self-motivated and dependable individual willing to work part-time from home or the local coffee shop as part of a small team that accomplishes big things? If so, consider this role:

Assistant to the CEO/Membership Coordinator (Ottawa)

Working directly with President and CEO Peter Kallai, this individual will carry out a wide range of duties, including:
  • Clerical tasks, including invoicing and onboarding new Members
  • Member communications and membership development
  • Managing our CRM database (Agile)
  • Updating content on the intelliFLEX website
  • Updating LinkedIn and Twitter accounts
  • Research
  • Other supportive duties as required
The position requires a high level of integrity, as you will likely be exposed to confidential and sensitive information.

Experience required with office productivity software, CRM systems (Agile) and the WordPress platform. Salary commensurate with experience. Hours per week to be discussed.

If interested, please contact Peter Kallai at pkallai@intelliflex.org with resume and three references.


Test drive our new 1-day course in flexible and hybrid electronics, September 28 in Toronto

A free full-day event, but advance registration is required. Seating is limited.

Learn more and register.

Join us at the September launch events for intelliWEAR

Are you involved with or have an active interest in wearables or smart textiles? Join us for these free events. Space is limited to 30 in Toronto and 25 in Vancouver. Pre-registration is required. Register now to secure your spot and learn more at the links below:

Toronto ON, September 19, Centennial College: intelliWEAR EAST Leadership Council and Workshop. (Teleconference option available – contact Peter Kallai at pkallai@intelliflex.org for details if you cannot attend in person.)

Burnaby BC, September 29, Simon Fraser University: intelliWEAR WEST Leadership Council and Workshop. (Teleconference option not available.)

Startup Fashion Week, October 16-20, Toronto

Conceived in 2014 by Founder and Executive Producer Jodi Goodfellow, Startup Fashion Week (SFW) bridges the gap between the growing fashion and tech industries in Canada and focuses on launching, accelerating and sustaining startup businesses. SFW has helped launch and profile amazing Canadian startups (wearable tech, fashion-tech and designers) from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon and Saint John. SFW features an array of events that cater to different audiences with a Media Launch/Opening Party, Future of Fashion Forum, Business of Fashion Conference, Eco Fashion Forum and Runway Show.

Learn more and register.

Get Smart Summit, October 17, Mississauga

The GET SMART SUMMIT is an inaugural intelliPACK event to mobilize industry to accelerate the development and broad adoption of smart packaging innovations.

Visit the Summit website to learn more and to register.

intelliFLEX Fall Sector Development Leadership Council, October 24, Toronto

As mentioned in this issue’s lead article on superclusters, we are convening our annual Sector Development LC to discuss and advance our proposed FHE Manufacturing Institute and the Smart Textiles and Wearables Manufacturing Institute.

We need the senior executives of the intelliFLEX membership to be part of this conversation.
Learn more and register.

IDTechEx Show!/Printed Electronics USA: 40% off admission

Taking place Nov. 15-16 in Santa Clara CA. Any intelliFLEX Member can get 40% off their admission. Contact Peter Kallai for the promo code at pkallai@intelliflex.org

Learn more about IDTechEx Show! and PE USA.

intelliFLEX Members invited to Smart Haptics 2017 – free pass up for grabs

As the first industry driven haptics conference, Smart Haptics 2017 is coming to San Diego, CA on December 6-7 and will bring together multiple end use industries including medical, automotive, mobile, VR/AR and more to explore where the haptics industry is headed.

intelliFLEX has partnered with Smart Haptics to offer a 15 per cent discount from the advertised conference rate. We also have one free event pass to give away – first come, first served.

To claim the free pass or get the discount code, please contact Leo Valiquette at lvaliquette@intelliflex.org

Attendees will experience a mixture of presentation sessions: 
  • Hear from companies such as Microsoft, Fitbit, Facebook, SynTouch, TDK Corporation, P&G, Adludio and more. 
  • Understand the latest trends, innovations and challenges facing the haptics industry.
  • Build relationships and put your company's name in front of top industry leaders in the haptics field. 
  • Collaborate with your colleagues on topics such as current and future possibilities in haptics, touch in wearables, the future of VR/AR and gaming, the healing power of touch feedback, the driving force of automotive haptics, touch in advertising and more. 
Smart Haptics 2017 will feature talks that will serve to inform the industry of the current capabilities and needs in the industry, as well as hands-on demonstrations that will provide the opportunity to explore through active participation.

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