The government of Ontario will support the growth and execution of seven CPEIA events in Ontario through to the end of 2017. These events include CPES, Canada’s premier conference and trade show exhibition for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE).
PE is an emerging market with commercial production already worth tens of billions worldwide. This rapidly growing global industry is expected to be worth $70 billion by 2024, according to market research firm IDTechEx.
PE lies at the convergence of several industries in which Ontario has a strong track record – advanced materials, micro-electronics, information and communications technologies, printing and advanced manufacturing. It is a key technology to increase competitiveness of Ontario manufacturing in verticals such as connected homes, intelligent buildings, health care, wearable electronics, smart packaging, smart retail, smart textiles, automotive, and consumer electronics.
“We are pleased to support this emerging manufacturing sector because we know it has the potential to change Ontario’s innovation landscape and fuel economic growth in the province,” said Brad Duguid, minister of economic development and growth.
More than 250 Canadian organizations are known to be active in this space. Approximately 100 are in Ontario and 50 are members of the CPEIA. These include industrial companies, as well as leading universities, colleges and research centres. Many CPEIA industrial members from Ontario have commercial offerings in the market – 3M, CSAGroup, Information Mediary Corp., Jones Packaging, RFID Canada, Myant, Voltera and Xerox,and other companies are scaling up, such as Array Marketing, TUKU, OTI Lumionics and Formi 3DP.