• Headquarters -

    635 Newbold Street, London, Ontario, N6E 2T8

  • Year established -


  • NAICS -

    335315 - Switchgear and switchboard, and relay and industrial control apparatus manufacturing

  • Major expansions -


  • Employees -


  • Exports -

    US, Mexico, EU, Asia-Pacific, Australia

  • Download -

London Mat Industries

London Mat Industries Ltd (London Mat) is the manufacturer of the world famous “MATEX” Treadle Switches, used on Buses, Trains and Trams for door safety, opening and passenger counting.

Although few visitors even notice them, safety mats are one the most important items at any amusement park. These mats use sensors to determine whether people are in unsafe locations around machinery (such as a fair ride), and can stop the operating machinery immediately in order to prevent accidents. Located in London, Ontario, London Mat Industries Ltd. (London Mat) supplies these sensor mats to clients in the transit, car wash, and safety industries.

Robert Keats, general manager of London Mat, reveals a sample rubber mat with a switch built into it. Upon detecting weight on the mat, the device can be used to do anything from shut down an amusement park ride to count the number of people boarding a bus. Keats pulls out another mat resembling sleek wood flooring, and excitedly demonstrates, “They can also have very unique finishes.” He continues, “We don’t make what we want; we listen to our clients and make what our clients want and need. [This particular] client had an advanced manufacturing facility with beautiful wood flooring and wanted safety mats fitting the design too.” Keats is an electrician by trade, but held many sales positions before joining London Mat in 2001.

London Mat also adapts the electrical components of its mats, depending on the project. Keats demonstrates how another set of mats fits together like a puzzle, leaving no dangling wires. “This allowed our client to minimize their installation costs,” he says. Keats has supplied mats to advanced manufacturing facilities with very powerful equipment. The safety industry has been a high-growth sector for London Mat because government safety requirements for facilities have become increasingly stringent. Particularly with respect to amusement parks, London Mat plays a key role in helping workers and consumers remain safe and enjoy all of the cotton candy, roller coasters, and laughter that these events have to offer.

Now owned by an American company, Tapeswitch Corporation (which is part of a group of privately owned companies), London Mat has come a long way in its 50 years of operations, and continuously adapts to cater to its clients’ needs. Keats also emphasizes that the company is fortunate to have the strong, skilled team that it currently employs.

What’s next for London Mat? Keats states, “Firms need to flexible, just like Canadian leaders, Linamar and Magna International Inc. London Mat has a diverse portfolio supplying mats to clients from a variety of industries, and [it] will continue to do so. As the safety industry continues to grow and new client relationships develop, we will keep competing.”

For more information about London Mat Industries, visit their website.

Published: August 30, 2016

Featured Image

DAVWIRE: Defense & Aviation Wiring

Defense & Aviation Wiring Inc. (Davwire) is one of Canada’s leading contract manufacturers in the electrical/electronic arena. The company specializes in wire harnesses, electrical panels and electrical assemblies used in aviation, defence, medical and rail industries.

Featured Image

LEONI Elocab Ltd

Located in Kitchener, Ontario, LEONI Elocab Limited is undergoing its second major expansion in less than a decade. The firm is the only Canadian division of LEONI Group, a global provider of products, solutions, and services for both energy and data management in various industries. LEONI Elocab offers a unique contribution to this global network by manufacturing customized cables and cable assemblies, providing a case-specific solution for every customer.

Featured Image

Mosaic Manufacturing

Mosaic Manufacturing revolutionized the world of desktop 3D printers with the "Palette", an accessory for 3D printers that enables them to create multi-colour and multi-filament objects.

Featured Image

Angstrom Engineering

Angstrom Engineering Inc. is a leading manufacturer of thin film vacuum deposition equipment and vacuum chambers equipment. The firm specializes in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing machines that deposit thin films, (growing layers of materials on a substrate with thicknesses that can range from less than one nanometer to several microns).

Featured Image

CMI Heavy Industries

CMI Heavy Industries is a leading provider of heavy fabricated, forged and cast machined components and assemblies.

Want Trillium to profile your company?

Contact Us