It’s amazing what a change of scenery will do. Just ask Simon Bennington, president of Matrix Technology Ltd., a premier Canadian electronic materials distributor to industry leading OEMs in the aerospace, electronics, medical, instrumentation, energy, defense, security, telecommunications and transportation markets.
In 2013, the firm moved into a new 22,000-square-foot head office complex in Markham (northeast of Toronto), sporting a large open concept complete, with 30-foot ceilings and increased production and inventory warehousing capabilities.
“That move served as the catalyst that gave birth to the new Matrix,” says Bennington. “As a result, it has helped change the culture of the business.”
The facility supports a large inventory of interconnect solutions and engineered materials, according to Bennington.
“Always in-tune with our clients’ evolving requirements, our facilities are equipped with state of the art fabrication equipment to satisfy the rapidly growing demand for value-added services and speedy turnaround times,” he says.
Established in 1977, the company’s strength is based on a highly focused technical approach to the marketplace, as well as an emphasis on competitive pricing for products and value-added services. Matrix has built its reputation by providing ruggedized, reliable interconnect devices and customized EMI, thermal and specialized tapes and fabrics. Invariably, the firm is capable of incorporating multiple products to create a single piece solution. To illustrate, more than 50% of Matrix business involves some form of value-added service, while a portion of that is carried out by the interconnect or materials vendor. These include connector assembly, tape slitting, die-cutting, FIP gaskets, lamination, label and sleeve printing, kitting, high speed tubing cutting, cable and harness manufacture as well as detailed technical support for custom designed product applications.
“The Matrix’ sales team model is to use its technical background to conceptualize and create the solution,” Bennington says. “Our focus has always been to partner with our key suppliers to deliver high quality interconnect and material solutions. This is often the recipe for building new business or developing new customers.”
Matrix customers are serviced out of strategically located offices in Markham and Montreal (Pointe Claire) area with complete sales and technical services provided across Canada.
“We’re a boutique company that exists for the customer. We are here for the long-run,” Bennington concludes.