The Ionic Mountain Bike Tour 2019 is ready to hit to the trails at the Naughton Trail Centre this weekend in support of Bladder Cancer Technology at the Northeast Cancer Centre.

This will be the eighth year for the Mountain Bike Tour and the second year in a row that the proceeds will be donated to the Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) for equipment that can help bladder cancer patients at the Northeast Cancer Centre.

Last year, this event raised more than $37,000.

Riders will hit the trails this Sunday, July 21, bright and early with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. at the Naughton Trail Centre, 1 Denis Ave.

The kids race is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. while the main race gets started at 10 a.m.

Information on how to register, race times, making a donation, volunteering and more can be found online at the Walden Mountain Bike Club’s website, or at the NCF’s website

Article by: Staff

We are very excited to unveil a whole new look; Ionic Engineering will now be known as Ionic Mechatronics.

For more than 20 years Ionic has been providing industrial automation services to a wide range of industries, but our client’s have struggled to understand exactly who we are.  We are engineers at our core, but there is some room for our brand to more accurately reflect the work that we do, and using the term mechatronics in our name goes a long way toward doing that.

Mechatronics is a branch of engineering that focuses on the engineering of both electrical and mechanical systems; it encompasses robotics, electronics, systems, controls, artificial intelligence and everything that moves. 

“By replacing the term Engineering with Mechatronics, we are making a clear statement to our customers that we build machines. It goes a long way to differentiate us from the dozens of firms that provide consulting engineering services.” says Andre Dumais, General Manager of Ionic Mechatronics.

Ionic Mechatronics is Northern Ontario’s premiere robotics integrator and machine builder. Servicing a wide client base around the globe, we specialize in building automated systems for heavy industry. We are deeply committed to improving our customers’ safety, productivity and profitability with innovative and practical automation. 

We are very proud of the team we’ve built over the years and look forward to further proving to industry that Ionic Mechatronics is the go-to team to solve their challenges as they relate to industrial mechatronics.

by: Northern Ontario Business Staff
Variant Mining Technologies is a leader in providing clients with muck circuit material handling solutions, solving some of the industry’s biggest challenges in moving material safely and efficiently, while remaining cost-competitive.

As an innovation-driven company with roots in an internationally recognized mining centre, their growth plan has always been focused on staying ahead of the curve by introducing new technologies to the industry.

“Our value comes from fostering a core belief in our people ensuring the success of clients with quality solutions and support,” said Derek Meloche, Variant’s manager of business development and sales.

During the recent downturn in the mining sector, when many other companies were cutting back, they invested in bringing this model to a global platform by developing like-minded international partners, knowing eventually there would be an upswing.

In less than 10 years, they’ve gone from being a small and predominantly local provider to a global platform, doing business in places like Chile, Mongolia and Australia, and it’s only the beginning of their expansion.

“We go out there and actively seek and develop our strategic partnerships so we can duplicate the successes from home,” Meloche said.

“It’s a process over proceedings and relationships. We want to be sure our partners are the right fit.”

In their business, it’s not just about selling to customers, it’s about forming partnerships to carry their brand, product line and after-sales service internationally. Every deal builds their reputation as a top choice to tier one mining companies for products and services.

Meloche added the Canadian Trade Commission has also been a great help with securing potential partnerships and promoting Canadian mine service companies overseas.

Pursuing business deals at a time when there was little business to be had, and sometimes no guarantees of projects getting off the ground, was risky, but they had to maintain their presence in the market.

The upside of being part of a project contract is there is often plenty of lead time.

Variant already has a reputation for responding quickly to tight deadlines, often in as little as four hours, for a service call.

However, they could have up to six months to deliver on an equipment order.

Going forward, the company is continuing with expanding their presence globally, targeting markets in Australia, South America and Russia, among others.

The company is seeing its biggest growth in the past year, and they are staying with the mantra that has worked so far: stay ahead of the curve.

Businesses from across Northern Ontario showcase their growth and success in this advertising feature.


Variant Mining Technologies is now a proud member of SAMSSA.


For Immediate Release

(Left-To-Right) VMT President Steve Matusch & General Manager Paul Chamberland With Clayton’s Steve Gretton

Variant Mining Technologies is pleased to announce that, effective May 31st, 2014, Clayton Equipment has nominated Variant to be the exclusive supplier, service provider, and North American manufacturer for their premiere line of electric and diesel mine locomotives for the Canadian and US mining industry.

Clayton Equipment Ltd is a leading manufacturer of rail haulage solutions, predominantly focused on battery, trolley and diesel locomotives for mining and tunneling applications.

Throughout the world you will find Clayton equipment operating in the most arduous conditions. Whether it is hauling on the surface or deep below ground, Clayton machines move equipment, materials, personnel and ore in over 60 countries.

claytonClayton has manufactured over 5000 locomotives in their 80 plus year history, remaining at the forefront of the industry by setting the standard in innovation, safety, reliability and longevity.

Combined with Variant Mining Technologies’ existing line of VMT rail and truck loading chutes, trough conveyors, vibratory feeders and other custom material handling machinery, Variant and Clayton are capable of providing hard rock and soft rock mines with complete ore handling and rail haulage systems.

For more information on Variant Mining Technologies and Clayton Equipment, please visit their respective website.

See the latest in vibratory feeding technology. Share the excitement with us on Wednesday, November 28, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We would like to offer you the opportunity to see a demonstration of the new Variant Mining Technologies vibratory feeder system. Our staff will be standing by and pleased to provide a personal tour. Light refreshments will be served.

Variant Mining Technologies is a leader in providing clients with muck circuit material handling solutions, solving some of the industry’s biggest challenges in moving material safely and efficiently, while remaining cost competitive. As an innovation driven company with roots in an internationally recognized mining center, our growth plan has always been focused on staying ahead of the curve..


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