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The Commonwealth Industrial Gases Ltd (1935 - )

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Location: New South Wales

Registered in New South Wales in 1935.

Alternative Names:
  • CIG
Additional Information:
The company was formed by the BOC Group PLC (formerly the British Oxygen Company Ltd.) of the UK., to consolidate its Australian interests in the field of manufacture and distribution of oxygen, acetylene and other industrial gases, as well as its interest in the manufacture of industrial machinery for gas and electrical welding. It was incorporated in NSW in 1935.
The company had manufacturing centres in all the capital cities of Australia. In the early 1980s the company expand into the South Pacific, with operations in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines.
In October 1984 a 50/50 joint venture was entered into with The Australian Gas Light Company. This venture incorporated CIG’s Energy Division and Australian Gas Light’s Porta-Gas Division under the name of Elgas.
In 1985, the Company established its GIGWELD Division joining the facilities of it equipment and welding consumables facilities at Preston, Victoria.
In June 1986, W.A Flick & Co. (Holdings) Pty. Ltd. was acquired. In March 1987, the company acquired the business of Bestobell Engineering Products.
In 1989, the company sold its GIGWELD division, its interests in Philippines, welding Equipment and Bestobell Engineering Products. All were sold to management buyout groups.
The company is currently registered under the name BOC Gases Australia Limited.
Sources used to compile this entry: Original data from D. Terwiel, S. P. Ville and G. A. Fleming, Australian Business Records: An Archival Guide, Canberra : Australian National University, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Dept. of Economic History, 1998. Subsequent information provided by RMIT, MBIT student, Catherine Nolan.
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Created: 1 December 1999
Modified: 23 April 2006

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