Company History

  • 1923

    Our Inception

    Apac Industries Commence in Adelaide

  • 1940's

    New Partnerships and New Location

    Apac supplies the first Holden car produced with a mechanical jack ramps up export, and moves to new location.

  • 1950's

    Australian Export Award Winners

    Apac wheels used for production purposes at Holden factory, Apac becomes the first South Australia company to win the coveted Australian Export Award, and starts Lemcol business. Redex and other car rallies lift the Apac image prior to Clyde-Industries acquiring Apac in 1954.

  • 1960's

    New Innovations

    New license arrangements Alemite, Clayton and Clyde-Apac manufacture the first automotive car air conditioning unit called Clyde Vornado, and expands into Truck air conditioning with Kysor.

  • 1970's

    A New Look

    A new logo, and the truth about the pub with no beer.

  • 1980's

    Acquisitions and NATO Approval

    Clyde –Apac establishes Clyde-Farr Sales and Service operations in Australia and initiates the rail car and rolling stock filter change out process. Growth via acquisition with Selson International and obtains NATO approval for jacks, and Wylie mechanical jack business and opens up a USA sales and marketing operation for Selson International.

  • 1990's

    Environmental and Material Handling Divisions

    Clyde-Apac divides into Environmental Products Division (EPD) Materials Handling Division (MHD) and Automotive (OE) and appoints a Divisional Manager for each business unit. EPD expands by acquiring Gelman Sciences, Horizon Engineering, Enersonics Filtercorp, International Filter Company, and Interfilta becoming the largest operating division within Clyde-Apac with a turnover of $25M. Clyde Apac become first ISO accredited manufacturer of Farr Company (USA) Filtration products. MHD expands acquiring, Bassick, Shepherd and develops a series seven range of castors. Clyde Industries Pty Ltd – announce to ASX a major $5-7M expenditure development plan for the Clyde-Apac EPD business unit in Malaysia Asia.

    Clyde-Industries Pty Ltd purchased by EDI and Clyde-Apac growth opportunities reduced. Leading to management restructure and loss of the Farr Company license, sales and profit loss with many employee jobs lost.

  • 2000

    Mergers and Recoveries

    Downer merge with EDI and sell Clyde-Apac business for A$6.5M following two years of losses, Clyde-Apac in private hands recover both sales and profit and employees number over 300. Following the owners splitting up, Clyde-Apac operations become divided filtration moving to NSW with Young and MHD remaining in Adelaide and no longer owned by the Young family but permitted to use through agreement the Young owned Lemcol brand name.

  • 2010

    New Product Launches

    Clyde Apac Air Filtration launches new Ultima cabinet at Taiwan International Trade show, release new version of the S2000 and S2010 software, exhibit at ARBS and following the collapse of the Adelaide entity owned by the former partner and licensed to use the Lemcol brand returns to Clyde-Apac and the Young family control.

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