In September 1943, in the midst of the Japanese occupation, Mr. Tan Ai Meng left his position at the Singapore Harbour Board and started The Cycle & Electric Company with 5 other engineers. They secured a modest 1000 sqft workshop at 17 Bencoolen Street and provided handyman repair services.


In the 1950’s, the company started building greater capability and capacity to deal with international clients. And the company secured our first major milestone contract with the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy to service electrical equipment on board the military vessels.

As Singapore The company continued to grow its reputation for electrical repair services throughout the tumultuous 1950s.


When Singapore left the Federation of Malaysia in 1965, the company felt the tremors and birth pangs together with its nation. The challenge of separation, the confrontation with Indonesia and the departure of the British troops in 1968 made it an especially difficult time for Singapore and its inhabitants. However, we continued to build our network and capabilities. With the separation in 1965, Tan Sin Poh and Peter Tan was sent to Sweden’s ASEA (now known as ABB) to receive deep training in the Electrical skills and were the first Singaporeans to receive this certification. The company went on to build its capabilities with the joint venture with Kiuchi Keisoku, a leading Japanese electrical services company known for building and managing nuclear power plants.


Singapore saw tremendous growth in the maritime fields and manufacturing sector in the 1970s.

In 1973, the company conducted its first re-branding exercise and renamed itself to “CYCLECT”. At the same time, the company upgraded its facilities and moved to a 8000 sqft HQ at Kung Chong Road in 1973. The continued growth of Singapore saw the birth of the company’s Projects department for industrial services. The company acquired a 100,000 sqft workshop at Liu Fang Road and had grown to a 100-member strong team.

Our technical and business network expanded and included JRCS, Taiyo, Kawasaki and many other electrical technology suppliers.


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.

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