Canada takes centre stage at Printed Electronics USA Show

peshowwrapup-inCanada took centre stage at IDTechEx’s Printed Electronics USA Conference last month, showcasing the strength of its growing ecosystem for printable, wearable and flexible electronics (PE). The 1,600-square-foot Team Canada Pavilion was the largest on the exhibition floor of the Santa Clara Convention Centre in Santa Clara, California, where the show took place. A huge circular banner with maple leaf branding made the Pavilion visible from every part of the exhibition floor. Pre-show promotion and placement in the event program characterized it as a “can’t-be-missed exhibit.” The Pavilion featured 10 Canadian organizations representing a cross-section of the entire PE eco-system including materials, device manufacturers and application developers in printables, flexibles and wearables.

Peter Kallai.
Peter Kallai.

“Overall, this was a fantastic show with about 100 more exhibitors than last year,” said Peter Kallai, President and CEO of the CPEIA. “We found a lot more serious interest among attendees about the applications for PE in various market verticals.” Visitors to the Pavilion could even unwind to the sweet sounds of PE. Tangio Printed Electronics featured renowned composer and producer Phi Bui playing a PE-enabled musical instrument – a force-sensing, membrane-based keyboard!

The Canadian Pavilion featured:

  • CSA Group, an internationally accredited standards development and testing and certification organization, that also provides consumer product evaluation and education and training services.
  • GGI International, which specializes in the design, engineering and manufacturing of custom Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies that incorporate a variety of best-in-class PE components.
  • ICI, which offers independent and impartial technical services adapted to printability and formulation needs for any business segment.
  • Jones Packaging, an integrated packaging solutions provider for highly regulated industries that’s at the forefront of the evolution of electronic smart packaging.
  • Myant & Co.’s Architects of Intelligent Applications (AIA), a specialized platform for designing, developing and manufacturing wearable technology, and integrating and embedding technology seamlessly into textiles.
  • National Research Council of Canada, the Government of Canada’s premier organization for R&D. NRC’s PE initiative coordinates key industrial areas – materials, ink, printing and packaging – as a springboard for a profitable, large-scale PE sector.
  • Raymor Industries/NanoIntegris Technologies, which uses a novel patented plasma technology to synthesize single-walled carbon nanotubes at an industrial scale, for a variety of applications.
  • Tangio Printed Electronics, creator of force touch sensors that are inside the most advanced expressive touch-sensing products in the world.
  • Tekna, a leader in induction plasma technology. Its business is organized along two main activities: Systems and Powders.
  • Xerox Research Centre of Canada, the global materials research and development centre for Xerox Corp. and a pioneer in the design, scale-up, and supply of electronic and specialty materials.

The CPEIA membership was also well represented elsewhere on the exhibition floor and on the conference agenda, with international names like Arjowiggins Creative Papers, Ceradrop MGI Group, Fujifilm Dimatix, Group NanoXplore, Novacentrix (the conference’s lead sponsor), Xenon Corporation, and of course, by IDTechEx itself.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.