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CEPC HQ: Saint-Laurent, Quebec / Employees: 30 / Specialty: Nickel electronic powders Frank Komsic, president: “We are a small fish competing against large-volume producers.” Gone are the days when Japan was the leader in electronics manufacturing. Gaining its foothold in the nanotechnology scene is 10-yearold CEPC – Canadian Electronic Powders Corp. – a Saint-Laurent, Quebec-based manufacturer of nickel electronic powders. CEPC targets high-end, highcapacitance miniaturization electronic markets, such as iPods, mp3 players, mini-notebooks and other high-value products that require miniaturization. The company’s business is divided into three major market segments: > Low-end – China > Middle-end – Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Europe > High-end – Japan The company supplies the highend market segment exclusively. CEPC is the only non-Japanese producer of nickel electronic powders actively competing in the high-end market segment. Breaking the norm is not easy, however. “We are a North American company competing in a Japanese market,” President Frank Komsic says. “You can just imagine our challenges. The Japanese are nationalists – they traditionally would only purchase from their own.” But focusing on quality has made CEPC a leader in the market. “We have established ourselves as the No. 1 producer of [nickel electronic powders] products for the current and next generation users of high capacitors,” Komsic adds. “That was one of our missions – we said we will be the No. 1 quality producer, not the No. 1 in volume.” In addition, being detail-oriented helps CEPC compete. “Plasma vapor base has intrinsic nature, and it produces products with specific properties required by chip manufacturers to allow them to produce these high-cap chips,” Komsic explains. CEPC’s reputation in the industry Little Big Firm cepc is quickly gaining ground in the nanotechnology market and becoming more competitive. by fernie tiflis cepc supplies to high-end electronics markets, including ipods, mp3 players and mini-notebooks. SPRING 2010

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
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