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 members of the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
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.
The CPEIA is working to achieve market-driven collaboration among their membership for Canada to compete on the global stage by creating a cohesive eco-system that unites industry-leading multinationals, innovative SMEs and public research organizations that are working on some aspect of printed electronics with potential end users in relevant markets.
In the year since their launch, the CPEIA have worked hard to build a membership base and have currently passed 60 members, from across Canada and abroad, and plan to reach 120 by the end of 2016 to encompass the full ecosystem the Canadian industry can draw upon.
Their outreach to other industry associations such as PAC, Packaging Consortium, the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) has led to strategic partnerships that they are levering to create meaningful joint programs for respective members where there is cross-cutting interest.
The first two of these programs launched this month, IntelliPACK for the Intelligent Packaging industry and IntelliBUILD for the Intelligent Buildings industry. The CPEIA are already drawing stakeholders in these verticals together through joint webinars, workshops and white paper working groups.
These programs have one collective purpose - create cutting edge products and applications enabled with printed electronics that have the market pull to generate new economic opportunities for Canadian industry and international partners.
Last April, the CPEIA took the reins of Canada's single dedicated industry event, the Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium (CPES), and repositioned it from a small technical meeting into an international event double in size and scope from its previous years and there are plans to double this for 2016.
On other fronts, the CPEIA are also launching a new industry careers portal, OPE-Careers.com, and continue to build their Speakers Bureau and marketing services to help Members promote themselves and the industry more effectively to potential partners and customers.
The CPEIA achieved a lot in its first year, well beyond their initial goals and they have plans for the future to help members build strong businesses in and around printable and flexible electronics in Canada.
Source: Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association
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