The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) and the Packaging Consortium (PAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore how printable and organic electronics can help Canada’s packaging industry.
The MOU is a non-financial commitment between the two organizations to work together on various initiatives over the next two years, including participating in technical working groups and educational events such as webinars, technical seminars and trade shows.
“This partnership with PAC is a tremendous stride forward in our commitment to our members, to forge the linkages that will help them create compelling new products and applications that meet the pressing needs of key end users,” Peter Kallai, executive director of the CPEIA said. “With their vast reach throughout Canada’s packaging and retail industry supply chains, PAC and its members are the ideal partners with whom to develop intelligent packaging applications powered by printable electronics that can meet key PAC objectives such as reducing food and packaging waste.”
According to PAC a third of the world’s food goes to wastes. The PAC Food Waste initiative is investigating waste in supply chain and looking for ways to extend product shelf life though packaging innovations.
PAC’s members work in all sectors of the packaging value chain, and include retailers, consumer brands, package manufacturers and services, waste management and government. The companies aim to use printable and organic electronics to look for new ways to manage inventory, track items as they are shipped, better maintain product freshness, monitor medication usage, identify packing materials for re-cycling and turn consumer packaging into an interactive platform. PAC NEXT is looking for ways to identify sustainable solutions that can lead to zero packaging waste.
“A key aspect of our mandate is to drive progressive change in the packaging value chain through leadership, collaboration and knowledge sharing,” James D. Downham, president and CEO of PAC said. “Intelligent packaging enabled by printable electronics could drive one of the greatest advances to reduce waste in the packaging industry since the widespread adoption of recycling programs. We are excited to explore with the CPEIA and its Members how PE can help our industry overcome its greatest challenges.”