Mario Menard Appointed Chief Financial Officer

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We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Mario Menard to Chief Financial Officer!

Mario Menard joined the team in 2017 and has been a pillar of our foundation since he joined. The company has benefited from his deep skills in financial and operational management gained from years of experience within the most challenging manufacturing and finance environments at Nortel, Flextronics and Cogeco as a key finance leader within those executive teams.

In his four years at e2ip as VP Finance, Mario has successfully restructured the Finance, Accounting and IT teams to create a solid foundation that supports our growth moving forward. He has now become a driving force in the development of our corporate strategy and will play a leadership role in its execution as we exit 2021 into strong growth years in 2022 and beyond.

We feel privileged to be working with Mario and look forward to our continued collaboration!

Making everyday objects smarter to improve our daily lives

Making everyday objects smarter to improve our daily lives

Buttons, knobs, dials and switches are daily life objects for making the world go round. A new invention has emerged that uses 2D printed electronic sheets, which are then thermoformed, followed by overmoulding, resulting in 3D rigid devices made with smooth or textured surfaces and enhanced functionalities.

If you’re in the hospital, you’ll see different controls on your bed for adjusting the mattress angle, bed height or lighting. At home, switches and knobs on your appliances can set temperatures and timers, or select custom features. Even gas pumps at service stations have an array of buttons for choosing types of fuel or payment methods.

These small objects, which have a great impact on our lives, are used extensively and can be time-consuming and onerous to keep working properly, clean and in good condition. But this innovative, cost-effective solution developed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and industry collaborator, Montreal-based e2ip technologies, is transforming the way we interact with things that surround us.

The new creation, called overmoulded smart parts (OSP) manufacturing, uses molecular ink, patented by the NRC and e2ip, to print electronic circuits and sensors onto 2D sheets of thin plastic that are formed and overmoulded in protective plastic to create “smart surfaces,” a patent-pending NRC–e2ip developed process. The smooth surfaces, which are tough, water repellent and chemical-resistant, bring complex controls within easy reach. These easy-to-maintain and -clean devices can be built into bedframes, appliances, car doors and airplane seats, where they can be cleaned with a quick spray and wipe.

“The notion of using printed electronics to create control interfaces, instead of assembled circuits of wires, chips and other components, has been considered for many years but remained explorative and unscalable,” says Eric Saint-Jacques, CEO of e2ip technologies, a company that provides advanced material-science solutions to world leaders in the aerospace, medical, industrial and transportation industries. He adds that “the science required to transform this notion into functional systems could only be accomplished with the NRC’s leading scientists and resources. Working with NRC experts and facilities has been a transformative opportunity for e2ip to meet our customers’ rising demand for innovative solutions.”

“Over a 5-year period working on the materials-science challenge with the NRC’s Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre in Ottawa and the manufacturing-process side with the Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre in Boucherville, we developed a fully validated prototype that has just entered production planning,” says Mr. Saint-Jacques.

Pooling talent and brains for smart solutions

The NRC’s Arnold Kell, a research officer with the Security and Disruptive Technologies team, says this process now provides the opportunity to interact with our surroundings in many ways through touch interfaces. “The development of overmoulded smart parts (OSP) hinge on the performance of molecular inks. Because the conductive traces produced from the inks can be stretched to twice their length and remain functional, OSPs with cutting-edge designs and unique functionality are now possible,” he says. Dr. Kell adds that the “spirit of creativity” among various NRC research centres and intellectual property and business development teams, as well as e2ip’s industry researchers, ensured the development of a truly original and disruptive solution to the challenge presented by industry.

Paul Trudeau, Senior Research Council Officer at the Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre, explains that production of the smart surfaces replaces traditional injection moulding with reaction injection moulding, which is a less traumatic approach. The liquid polymers can be injected at lower temperatures and lower pressures, so the internal printed hardware is not stressed during manufacturing. These injected clear liquids allow for controlled light transmission within the part, and possess excellent resistance to aging and ultraviolet exposure.

“The controls are housed within 2 inner skins that are overmoulded with resin, encapsulating the electronic components,” adds Trudeau. The cost of such solutions can be 40 to 50% less than traditional configurations, while taking up less room and weighing a fraction of the weight.

Smart concepts come in all shapes and sizes

To demonstrate the manufacturing process, the NRC and e
2ip have designed a console dubbed “Avatar” for executive-class seats in high-end aircraft. It is an assembly of printed buttons, dials, displays and other functions housed in a single part that is only 2.5 mm thick.

“There are no moving parts; everything is done with conductive sensors that give you feedback as you use them,” adds e2ip’s Mr. Saint-Jacques. “The seat-mounted device allows you to control stereo, video, Bluetooth and other functions with the touch of a finger.” Avatar was one of 3 finalists at the 2020 AIX Aircraft Interiors Expo for the Crystal Cabin Award, an international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, which was postponed to later in 2021 due to the pandemic.

From concept to construction, the project team continues to rethink the boundaries between technology and design to deliver an innovative human-machine interface, a user interface or dashboard that connects a person to a machine with smart-surface solutions. And such broad-based teamwork will ensure that the creative ideas continue to flow. “This disruptive technology will completely transform the surfaces we touch in our everyday lives and simplify how we interact with our physical environment,” concludes Mr. Trudeau.


Article prepared by the NRC in collaboration with e2ip

E2IP Acquires Serious Integrated

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES ACQUIRES SERIOUS INTEGRATED, Inc

Acquisition expands e₂ip technologies’ growing portfolio of HMI Smart Surface solutions

Montreal, Canada, February 2nd, 2021 – e2ip technologies (e2ip), a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Smart Surface solutions innovation leader, today announced its acquisition of Serious Integrated Inc. (Serious), a leading provider of industrial, medical, and commercial touch screen HMI-IoT solutions.

e2ip and Serious have been working together for over a year as strategic partners to create and deliver innovative solutions to global market leaders. This acquisition will enable e2ip to invest in and support the scalable growth of Serious Integrated technologies and solutions.

“e2ip has a broad portfolio of Smart Surface and HMI technologies and solutions”, said Eric Saint-Jacques, CEO of e2ip. “Our medical, industrial, aerospace and transportation industry customers are global leaders in their markets and are constantly seeking optimal HMI solutions and breakthrough innovations. The addition of the Serious team, technology portfolio and solutions in the embedded systems, LCD, touch screen applications and hardware integration fields will create greater value for our customers by expanding the breadth of our capabilities.”

Increasing global competition and demand for leading-edge products create a greater need for companies to find innovative differentiation in their products. Touch screens are a key HMI technology bridging the gap between functionality and user experience. Widely integrated into consumer electronics, they are now being broadly adopted to improve visualization, increase worker productivity and make operations more efficient by providing a simpler and more efficient interactive experience with business devices and equipment.

“We’re thrilled to become part of e2ip”, said Terry West, Founder and CEO of Serious. “e2ip’s cost-effective, global and high-quality manufacturing footprint combined with their top-tier multinational customer relationships bring the Serious portfolio onto the world stage with immense possibilities for integrated Smart Surfaces. Serious was founded with the goal of delivering innovative HMI and IIoT experiences and the combined forces of e₂ip and Serious promise to deliver truly breakthrough value for customers.”

About e2ip technologies

From ideation to fabrication, we rethink the boundaries between technology and design to deliver innovative Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Smart Surface solutions to global market leaders. We create new possibilities through innovations in printed electronics, material science, advanced manufacturing processes and embedded system development to transform the surfaces we touch in our everyday lives and simplify how we all interact with our physical environment.

About Serious Integrated, Inc.  Serious Integrated, Inc. is an Arizona, USA based venture-backed company founded in 2008.  Serious delivers innovated graphic/touch screen Human-Machine Interface (HMI) solutions to medical, industrial, and commercial OEMs enabling them to get to market quickly with highly cost-effective solutions. Experts in embedded software, LCD design, hardware design and productization, Serious products and technologies span from low-cost embedded technologies with the Serious Human Interface™ Platform, all the way to high performance, full-featured Linux-based solutions.



Contact Information :

Annie Couture

Manager, Corporate Communications and Executive projects

(514) 575-7426

a.couture@e2ip.com

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES NAMED AS CES 2021 INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE

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E2IP TECHNOLOGIES NAMED AS CES 2021 BEST OF INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE

Facilitating cost-effective 5G deployment

Montreal, Québec, December 15, 2020 –EES e2ip technologies today announced that it has been named as CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Engineered Electromagnetic Surfaces (EES) technology in the Smart Cities category. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 11-14, 2021. 

The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers, and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetics, and design.

e2ip Engineered Electromagnetic Surfaces (EES), developed in conjunction with the Communications Research Centre of Canada, are thin, semi-transparent plastic sheets that reflect, redirect, or block specific radiofrequency waves. These low-cost flexible sheets can be deployed on outdoor or indoor structural surfaces (buildings, signage, interior walls…) to augment, direct, or inhibit specific telecommunication services (5G, Wi-Fi…).

In the case of 5G networks, e2ip EES sheets reduce deployment costs and facilitate network deployment by reducing the number of antennas required to ensure omnidirectional 5G access to mobile users and fixed location access points. e2ip EES printed sheets do not require power and reduce the need for additional small cell antennas – traits highly needed in a 5G NR environment. EES provide an economical opportunity to better manage infrastructure for telecom operators, heads of Smart Cities, and managers of large venues.

EES surface designs are tailored to each network’s specific needs and depending on the design of the surface, EES can act as a band-stop, band-pass structure, reflect signals at varying angles, or act as a diffusing or as a focusing instrument. These properties of EES can then be used to enhance the propagation of mm-Wave signals and help improve the overall reliability of the underlying infrastructure.

“Innovations in engineered surfaces will support the growing demand expected with the introduction of 5G communications and IoT. e2ip is poised to become a dominant market contributor, helping building owners, smart city and infrastructure providers manage their growth while balancing their investments,” says Anna-Marie Marasliyan, Vice-President Technology, Products, and Marketing.

“Our DNA in chemistry and printing functional electronics are at the heart of the EES innovation, enabling us to embed printed electronics in structural surfaces that enhance 5G network performance and reduce network deployment costs,” said Eric Saint-Jacques, e2ip CEO, “EES is another example of our close collaboration with the Government of Canada research teams to create transformative value for our ecosystem of market-leading customers and partners”.

The CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation. Additional honorees will be revealed during CES 2021 on Jan. 11, 2021.  

About E2IP TECHNOLOGIES

From ideation to fabrication, we rethink the boundaries between technology and design to deliver innovative Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Smart Surface solutions to global market leaders. We create new possibilities through innovations in printed electronics, material science, advanced manufacturing processes and embedded system development to transform the surfaces we touch in our everyday lives and simplify how we all interact with our physical environment.

Contact Information :

Annie Couture

Manager, Corporate Communications and Executive projects

(514) 575-7426

a.couture@e2ip.com

 

Investissement Québec becomes a strategic partner of E2IP

Investissement Québec becomes a strategic partner of e2ip technologies

We are pleased to announce a significant investment round to further fuel e2ip’s growth. Investissement Quebec becomes a strategic partner in addition to the renewed commitment of our private investors.

The strategic partnership with Investissement Québec, will accelerate the implementation of our business plan, both in terms of the development of our intellectual property portfolio and the deployment of our growth strategy through the integration of technological and industrial acquisitions.

Read the full announcement in French here.

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E2IP TECHNOLOGIES mandated by CAE to help deliver critical ventilator initiative

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES mandated by CAE to help deliver critical ventilator initiative

Montreal, Canada, July 9, 2020

e2ip technologies is proud to be one of CAE’s suppliers in the manufacturing of the CAE Air1™ ventilator destined to be used in the fight against COVID-19 throughout Canada.

e2ip will be building the mechanical parts of the ventilator from one of its ISO 13485 certified facilities in Montreal which relies on a specialized workforce of 200 employees supporting primary care electronic device design and manufacturing for global medical industry leaders.

“e2ip is a trusted partner in the design and manufacturing of human machine interface solutions for insulin pumps, hospital beds, infusion pumps, and many other primary care medical devices. We are proud to now be working with CAE on the Air1™ ventilator, a critical initiative for communities across Canada,” said Steve Birrell, Chief Commercial Officer for e2ip technologies.

“e2ip was quick to respond to global call for action to address COVID-19 challenges,” said Eric Saint-Jacques, CEO of e2ip technologies. e2ip plants in Montreal, Minnesota and Casablanca, all required to support global medical industry demand, remained at full capacity. Manufacturing operations increased and production lines were reconfigured to produce face shields for communities and governments across North America. Several disruptive innovations were also developed both by the company’s industry leading R&D team, and in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada, which will add further depth to the company’s broad portfolio of printed electronics intellectual property.

“This project with CAE, and our overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, speak to e2ip’s core pillars of Innovation, Partnership, Operational Excellence and Talent,” said M. Saint-Jacques. “We also look forward to further developing our footprint in the global Aerospace market, a market in which we are recognized as a technology and innovation leader, through the integration of our printed electronics technology IP.”

CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. CAE designed the CAE Air1™ ventilator as a humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada mandated CAE to manufacture and supply 10,000 ventilators to support Intensive Care Units patients treated for COVID-19. The CAE Air1™ ventilator was the first entirely new ventilator to be certified by Health Canada since the beginning of the pandemic.

About E2IP TECHNOLOGIES:

From ideation to fabrication, we rethink the boundaries between technology and design to deliver innovative Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Smart Surface solutions to global market leaders. We create new possibilities through innovations in printed electronics, material science, advanced manufacturing processes and embedded system development to transform the surfaces we touch in our everyday lives and simplify how we all interact with our physical environment.

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES IME2

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES INC. ANNOUNCES IME2

Montreal, 2020/04/23

The Printed Electronics team at e2ip technologies is pleased to announce that we, together with our partners at the National Research Council of Canada have advanced In-Mold Electronics (IME) by developing a next-generation IME capability.

Introducing IMe2

IMe₂™ expands beyond the traditional IME process of printing, forming, and injection molding. IMe₂™ utilizes new ways to combine printed electronic and graphic materials with a variety of new methods and combinations for curing, forming, and molding.

Expanding the range of materials and process options contributes to our e2ip value proposition “from Ideation to Fabrication”. e2ip’s IMe₂™ designs can utilize strategic metallization such as our Molecular Ink (MINK). MINK offers significant advantages in conductivity, stretch, and formability. IMe₂™ designs can also utilize other advanced materials including Dielectrics, Graphic Inks, Adhesives as well as Polymer Thick Film (PTF) and Nano Inks.

Other e2ip technologies are available to address specific features in device design including our CapFlex™ and Lumifilm™ which offer superior touch and light performance as well as our HeatSeal® technology which offers significant ingress protection for environmentally sensitive parts.

Our first IMe₂™ concept device is code-named AVATAR which ties to the embodiment of an idea or person, as an example of a transformative metamorphosis. Ultimately this aligns with the paradigm shift that IME and IMe₂™ will bring to manufacturing and design.

IMe2 is Selected as “Finalist” for Aerospace Industries’ Crystal Cabin Awards 2020

We are extremely proud to have been selected as one of three finalists in the prestigious Crystal Cabin Awards 2020. The Crystal Cabin Awards are held annually during the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg Germany. Our entry in the category of “Material & Components” explains and demonstrates this paradigm shift and how it will impact the airline passenger’s experience from both a functional and brand perspective.

We are currently working closely with several partners in the Aerospace, Medical Device, and Industrial sectors on their next-generation products utilizing our IMe₂™.

About e2ip technologies

From ideation to fabrication, we rethink the boundaries between technology and design to deliver innovative Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Smart Surface solutions to global market leaders. We create new possibilities through innovations in printed electronics, material science, advanced manufacturing processes and embedded system development to transform the surfaces we touch in our everyday lives and simplify how we all interact with our physical environment.

Press Contact:

Tom Simpson

MARKETING MANAGER

t.simpson @ e2ip.com

Download the press release here

Business Contact:

Roy Bjorlin

VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

r.bjorlin @ e2ip.com

 

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES’ COVID-19 RESPONSE

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES' COVID-19 RESPONSE

To our e2ip family,

e2ip technologies would like to provide you with the most recent update in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me first confirm that all our plants are fully operational with zero COVID-19 related absenteeism, as of March 16th, 2020.

Additionally, all our suppliers have reported they are still operational, and they have all taken preventative measures to protect their staff and minimize disruptions. Currently, we are not aware of any major disruption in our inbound supply chain.

With regards to our outbound supply chain, we hope to receive feedback this week from all customers as to how we can best assist in this time of challenge. Our plants are capable taking on additional work, whether greater volume of existing products or taking over from other suppliers who may be challenged to meet demand.

e2ip technologies has worked diligently to identify the highest risk suppliers and we have been in continuous communication with them to assess any impact to their operations and the measures they have taken to mitigate risk. Where possible, we have expedited components that we believe may become critical. Our component and raw material review is being updated on a weekly basis, based on existing and forecasted demand.

Looking ahead, as the current raw material and work in process (WIP) inventory begins to deplete from some of our suppliers, we do anticipate slightly longer than standard lead times in calendar Q3 and Q4. We encourage you to work closely with our sales and customer service teams, to exercise proactivity in your forecasts and account for a certain level of unpredictability in your requested dates.

e2ip technologies is always focused on providing consistent inventory availability for its customers. With limited forward-looking visibility, we use predictive analysis to ensure we are stocking the required inventory. We strongly suggest that you place firm orders, or at the very least, blanket orders, for the items you know you will need. We have the manufacturing capacity and will work with you to get your products into your facility as fast as possible.

e2ip technologies has taken considerable measures to mitigate potential disruptions to regular operations and risk to employee safety. These measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily monitoring of Governmental recommendations and actions
  • Restrictions on all travel, gatherings and third-party (visitors) access to our facilities
  • Imposed quarantine periods
  • Continuous employee communications
  • Best sanitary practice education
  • Upgrade of daily cleaning services to Disinfectant Level Service
  • Opening of all internal doors to avoid handles and contact
  • Remote access (teleworking) where possible for office staff
  • Updated emergency plan

We continue daily monitoring of the evolution of the pandemic and its impact on the global supply chain. We will provide updates as appropriate. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have additional questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Steve Birrell
Chief Commercial Officer

E2IP – THE AIX 2020 SHOW IN HAMBURG HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

E2IP AT AIX2020

NOTE: AIX 2020 has been postponed until further notice. For more information click here.

E2IP TECHNOLOGIES will be exhibiting at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, at a date to be determined. With more than 16 000 visitors, this is the industries’ “must attend” event dedicated to the latest innovations, technologies, and products for cabin interiors.

This year, E2IP is a Crystal Cabin Awards finalist and will be introducing its latest In-Mold Electronic (IME) technology advancements, which we invite you to see in person at our booth 5C60, in Hall B5.

Our onsite team will also be showcasing seat heaters, passenger control units, lighting solutions and more. If you like to meet with our team of experts to discuss your specific needs, please contacts us at info@e2ip.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

E2IP celebrates the opening of a new production center in Casablanca

E2IP celebrates the opening of a new production center in Casablanca

We are very pleased to announce that on Tuesday October 22, 2019 we celebrated the official inauguration of our eip technologies printed electronics production center of excellence in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Casablanca production center will be located in a high-tech Industrial park within the Casablanca International Airport (Midparc Casablanca). This is a state of the art 6,000 m² / 7,176 yd² facility where we will continue to deliver the same high-quality for which we are known while maintaining regulatory and quality control procedures to ensure product consistency. This plant will enable us to support our growth strategy, while further serving our customers. It also positions eip as industry leaders at the forefront of the global transformation to printed and in-mold electronics.

We continue to invest heavily in innovation to improve our products and deliver better solutions to our valued partners and their customers. Now with our manufacturing facilities in Montreal, Canada, Bigfork, Minnesota and Casablanca, Morocco we are better equipped to ensure optimal customer satisfaction and we are excited about the future of eip!