Myant & Co., Memtronik Innovations claim Canada’s first industry awards at CPES2016

OTTAWA—April 20, 2016—The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (www.cpeia-acei.ca) today announced the first Innovation and Commercialization Award winners at CPES2016, Canada’s Printable, Flexible and Wearable Electronics Symposium.

CPES2016 (http://cpes2016.ca/), showcases the convergence of research and development, industry expertise, commercial effort and government activity that gives Canada a tremendous opportunity in the explosive global market for printable, flexible and wearable electronics (PE). The event runs April 19-20 at Sheridan College in Toronto.

This year’s Symposium was once again a smashing success. Responding to the feedback received last year, CPES2016 broke new ground to focus on industrial applications in a host of market verticals, including health care, consumer products, intelligent buildings, connected homes, smart packaging, smart auto parts and aerospace. In fact, more than half of this year’s attendees were from industry.

“Our first award winners are representative of over 100 outstanding Canadian organizations that are pioneering great innovations with printable, flexible and wearable electronics,” said Peter Kallai, President and CEO of the CPEIA and Chair of the CPES Organizing Committee. “Printable electronics can add smart functions to ordinary objects – these are technologies and applications that will drive the Internet of Things and impact a wide range of end user verticals, including those we explored during CPES. I applaud Myant and Memtronik for their efforts to commercialize new products that will help put Canada on the map in this exciting emerging market.”

For the inaugural CPES Innovation and Commercialization Awards, the judging committee awarded two awards, for product innovation and commercialization.

The winner for the CPES2016 Product Innovation Award was Myant & Co. (www.myant.ca), for its latest breakthrough to integrate technology into textiles.

Just two weeks ago, Myant released Vagalume (https://vagalume.ca) — the ultimate collection of stylish athletic apparel that enhances visibility for safety at night, using electroluminescent technology.

Vagalume means “firefly” in Portugese. Conventional reflective technology relies on an external light source to be visible. Myant’s Vagalume emits its own light which is visible under any conditions and from any angle.

Functional enough to light up when you want it to, Vagalume is as thin as paper, as flexible as fabric and machine washable. Active people have the ultimate combination of style and function to light up the night.

The winner for CPES2016 Commercialization Award was Memtronik Innovations (www.memtronik.com), for rapidly responding to a market need for an innovative new solution in the retail industry.

In the space of a month, Memtronik implemented a novel concept in capacitive touch and illuminated displays for a top provider to the consumer market for global brand owners and retailers.

Memtronik used its unique expertise with human-machine interfaces, integrated electronics precision printing with DuPont materials, and surface mount assembly capabilities, to develop and ship innovative prototypes within days.

These integrated printed circuits combine multiple functions with capacitive sensors, conductive adhesive, and controlled LED lighting, for use in 3D demo displays.

Memtronik is expecting, and will be able to fulfill, volume orders quickly and locally, creating an innovative new solution for a multi-million-dollar market.

To obtain photos and arrange interviews with either winner, please contact Leo Valiquette at the CPEIA at the coordinates below.

About CPEIA

Established in 2014, the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) brings together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong Canadian printable, flexible and wearable electronics sector and ecosystem. The Association is the united voice for the sector and implements critical development strategies to facilitate growth through networking, stimulate R&D and investment, build a strong supply chain and drive the broad adoption of PE by end customers in a range of Canadian industries, including Intelligent Packaging, Intelligent Buildings, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive and Industrial Applications, Health and Wellness, Intelligent Documents, and Consumer Electronics and Wearables.

To become a Member of the CPEIA, please contact Peter Kallai, President and CEO, at pkallai@cpeia-acei.ca or +1 613-795-8181.

The CPEIA also has opportunities for corporate and media sponsorships of our programs and events.

Media inquiries can be directed to Leo Valiquette, Director of Programs, at lvaliquette@cpeia-acei.ca or +1 613-769-9479.