SEMI | FlexTech and CPEIA Announce Partnership at CPES2017

Industry associations formalize collaboration at Canada’s premier event for development of the printable, flexible and wearable electronics

MILPITAS, Calif. — May 25, 2017 SEMI | FlexTech (www.semi.org; www.flextech.org) and the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (www.cpeia-acei.ca) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support each other’s programs and drive the continued development and adoption of printable, flexible hybrid, and wearable electronics (PE and FHE).

The announcement was made at CPES2017, taking place this week at Centennial College’s new Conference Centre in Toronto. CPES2017 is Canada’s premier conference and trade show for PE.

SEMI connects more than 2,000 member companies and more than a quarter-million professionals worldwide to advance the science and business of electronics manufacturing. FlexTech, a SEMI strategic partner, focuses on the growth, profitability and success of flexible hybrid electronics by providing industry leadership, developing and sponsoring educational forums, directing R&D funding, and advocating for technology.

“Global cooperation is key to advancing the industry’s interests and we are impressed by the efforts in Canada over the past three years to unite and grow their PE industry,” said Michael Ciesinski, president, FlexTech. “Peter and his team are making great strides to put Canada on the flexible electronics map and we look forward to building bridges for partnership and collaboration between the CPEIA membership and ours.”

“The growth and prosperity of Canada’s PE industry rests with forging alliances and cultivating opportunities beyond our borders,” said Peter Kallai, president and CEO, CPEIA. “By teaming with SEMI | FlexTech, we can leverage complementary strengths and broaden the pool of resources each organization needs to further its mandate. This is our first agreement with another association and we are pleased to have achieved it with our neighbor. It makes a lot of sense to work with FlexTech and connect our supply chains given the proximity of our members.”

The Memorandum of Understanding is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to collaborate on a several key initiatives on an ongoing basis. These include participation in technical working groups and educational events such as webinars, technical seminars and conferences.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects nearly 2,000 member companies and 250,000 professionals worldwide annually to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members grow, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.semi.org and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About FlexTech

FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, is focused on growth, profitability, and success throughout the manufacturing and distribution chain of flexible hybrid electronics, by developing solutions for advancing these technologies from R&D to commercialization. Visit FlexTech at www.flextech.org and follow FlexTech on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About CPES2017

With 30+ speakers and over 120 organizations in attendance, CPES2017 is Canada’s premier meeting ground for technology developers, industrial companies and end-users to discuss how they can work together to commercialize new products and applications for printable, flexible and wearable electronics. Academic researchers can showcase their research and discover how they can link it to market needs and opportunities.  Visit www.cpes2017.ca to learn more.

About CPEIA

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) is the vital leader that 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.

Association Contacts

Heidi Hoffman
Senior Director, FlexTech | SEMI
Email: hhoffman@semi.org
Phone: +1.408.943.7954

Leo Valiquette
Director of Programs, CPEIA
Email: lvaliquette@cpeia-acei.ca
Phone: +1 613-769-9479.