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Printable, flexible, wearable electronics conference comes to Toronto

Event featuring leading sector speakers and trade show to be held at Centennial College’s new conference centre on May 24-26.


This May in Toronto more than 30 industry leading speakers and more than 200 participants representing some 120 organizations are expected to attend a conference and trade exhibition dedicated to printable, flexible and wearable electronics. 

The event – Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium (CPES2017) –serves as a meeting ground dedicated to printed electronics (PE) technology developers, industrial companies and end-users can discuss how they can collectively overcome technical, manufacturing and scale-up challenges to commercialize new products and applications. Academic researchers can showcase their research and discover how they can link it to market needs and opportunities.

Organized by the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE) is a diverse and rapidly growing industry sector, as intelligent packaging engages with consumers, while washable and flexible biometrics are being embedded into athletic wear. Smart buildings will soon be able to harvest energy with organic solar cells. This global market is already worth billions and it’s just getting started, according to Peter Kallai, president and CEO of the CPEIA and chair of the CPES organizing committee.

Global revenues for PE-related materials and end-use products in 2016 is estimated at US$26.9 billion, an annual increase of 31.8 per cent since 2010. Consulting firm Smithers Apex expects the market to grow to an estimated US$43-billion by 2020. Market research firm IDTechEx predicts the market to reach US$70-billion by 2024.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in joint funding initiatives between U.S. industry, academia and government have been announced in the past few years to create institutes intended to advance American manufacturing capabilities in this sector.

“It’s time for Canada to step up,” Kallai adds.

About 250 organizations and counting are involved in Canada’s domestic PE industry, from startups and growing mid-sized companies, to multinationals with Canadian operations, and leading academic and institutional research teams.

The conference runs from May 24-26 at Centennial College in Toronto. For more information or to register, please visit www.cpes2017.ca