“Printable and organic electronics is an emerging manufacturing platform for high-volume, low-cost and automated production of a variety of electronic components,” said Peter Kallai, executive director of the CPEIA. “It has far-reaching applications to power the connected world and the Internet of Things, by making objects smart and connected. With CME’s industry clout, we can better educate manufacturers and product companies across Canada about these new business opportunities, and connect technology innovators with end users in a variety of industry verticals, such as automotive components, smart textiles, medical devices and intelligent packaging.”
Printable and organic electronics give manufacturers and product companies the means to increase their competitive edge and reduce costs, with new applications and alternatives to traditional electronic components. But key challenges remain to apply new materials, microcircuits, manufacturing equipment and processes, and information systems for specific applications, to bring these applications to market. In these challenges lie opportunities for Canadian firms.
“Canada has a proud pedigree in advanced manufacturing for a host of industries where printable and organic electronics can increase the competitiveness of our members,” said Jayson Myers, president and CEO of CME. “We are excited to explore with the CPEIA and its members – the tech developers – how our members – the tech users – can take advantage of the new opportunities created by printable and organic electronics. Together, we can build a new competitive advantage for Canada in global markets.”
The MOU is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to collaborate on a number of initiatives over the next two years. These include educational events such as webinars, working groups that will develop white papers, and assistance to help members secure funding from external sources for development and commercialization activities.