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Quebec firm nets award at US printed electronics conference


Raymor Industries Inc., Boisbriand QC, has captured the prestigious Technical Development Materials Award at Printed Electronics USA 2014 conference, being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.

Part of a Canadian delegation and exhibit area led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Raymor is attending the two-day conference which is the largest of its kind dedicated to printable electronics (PE).

The Materials Award, one of five handed out at the conference, is given to the most significant technical development over the last 12-months in the field of material development. A material is defined as any consumable used in the manufacturing of a printed electronic device, for example substrates and fluids/inks.

Raymor took the prize for its work to create carbon nanotube-based commercial products through its NanoIntegris and Nanotech divisions. The materials were co-developed by the NRC, Canada’s leading PE R&D organization, and then commercialized by Raymor. The product, ‘IsoSol-100’ is the highest-ever purity semiconducting carbon nanotube ink that is produced using a truly scalable route: copolymer extraction. It is used for bio and gas sensing, display drivers and transistor switches.

“This is a win for our team as well as our partners and customers who have helped us to develop world-class products that put Canada on the PE map,” says Jacques Mallette, CEO of Raymor Industries. “There is a huge opportunity in this emerging market for Canadian firms to step up and lead, much like they did in the early days of the photonics industry in the 1990s.”

“Raymor is just one example of the kind of innovative foundational research and commercial development underway in Canada for the global PE industry,” adds Peter Kallai, executive director of the newly formed Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA). “With our impressive contingent and eye-catching Pavilion, Canada is staking its claim in this exciting industry at Printed Electronics USA.”

The conference’s Canada Pavilion is attracting a lot of attention and traffic. It features a cross-section of Canada’s PE ecosystem, with Raymor, NanoIntegris, CPEIA, NRC, 1-Material, CSA Group, GGI International, Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI), OMsignal and the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. As a special treat, the NRC has even sponsored an ice hockey demo area at the conference, complete with hockey jerseys illuminated with PE components.