The Cycle & Electric Company was founded by Mr Tan Ai Meng on 5 September 1943. Back then, we started with a team of 6 engineers, providing electrical repair services at a small corner shop at 17 Bencoolen Street. In 1952, we began to offer marine repair services.
From 1957 onwards, the Company began to secure several high profile ventures. Our first major contract was with the Royal Navy, to service their naval vessels. In 1965, the Company was appointed as service agent for ASEA (now known as ABB). Subsequently, we signed a joint venture agreement with a Japanese engineering company to improve and expand our marine services and capabilities.
As sales grew, we moved to a larger premise at Kung Chong Road. The Company was renamed as “Cyclect” to reflect its modernisation. At that time, we employed 30 staff and had a work area of 8000 sq ft.
Tremendous growth led Cyclect to purchase an open yard and the workshop at Liu Fang Road, bringing the total land area to 100,000 sq ft. Our staff strength was 100 members. In that same year, the Projects Department was established to handle land-based projects. Soon after, Cyclect was appointed as the sales representatives for Taiyo and JRCS in the South Asian region.
In 1980, Cyclect embarked on overseas expansion, starting with China via a joint venture with COSCO Group. The next twenty years saw Cyclect establishing offices in the region, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei and Japan. At the same time, we strengthened our position as a leading engineering service provider for the Marine, Manufacturing and Process industry segments. In 1999, Cyclect was awarded the ISO 9001 certification.
Strong growth required us to relocate ourselves again to our current 75,000 sq ft facility located in Tuas, which houses a large workshop and plant equipment, and three floors of office space. In addition, we expanded our staff strength to 250 employees, and started our Research and Development department.
Cyclect was awarded the TEC Innovator Award together with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) by the Prime Minister’s Office for our role in the research and development of SCDF’s innovative Mobile Ammonia Scrubber project.
Cyclect was awarded the TEC Innovator Award for a second time, for our role in the development of the Foreign Object Debris Intelligent Detection and Alarm System (FIDAS), installed on runway sweepers. This programme will help to reduce the operating cost of inspections and sweepers of Foreign Objects, and improving safety standards at airport runways.
We successfully clinched a 3-year contract for the Singtel Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix night race. The scope included electrical installation and roustabout works.
We were awarded with ISO 18001 certification. We also awarded the contract by Universal Studios to do electrical and mechanical works for several rides, such as the Mummy Returns, Jurassic Park, Waterworld and Madagascar. Our years of hard work paid off when Cyclect won the Enterprise 50 award, Singapore’s prestigious business award.
The Cyclect Group continued to grow, with the acquisition of Chemicrete Enterprises, a key player in the facility maintenance business. With Chemicrete now part of the Cyclect Group, we now have more than 500 employees. We were also successful in clinching another contract with Universal Studios, to work on an upcoming ride that will be completed in 2011. That same year, we found ourselves being awarded the Enterprise 50 award again, with an improved ranking from 30th position to 18th position.