Founded in 1961 by E.K. Bloom, APT Controls initially imported technology from the USA that included car park ticket dispensers, vehicle detectors and rising arm barriers. After a short period the business began to design and manufacture its own barrier range both for standard car park applications and for vehicle entrance/exit applications at factory and office locations. By the late 1960’s the business had well established itself as one of the leading providers of car park management and vehicle access control systems. In 1975, following E.K. Bloom’s death, ownership passed to his nephew Geoffrey Bloom who continued development of the business, adding a range of mechanical parking meters imported again from the USA. In the early 1980’s the business added products manufactured in continental Europe, using machine readable tickets with management software for use within automated Pay-on-Foot car parks.
In 1985 the business was acquired by Expamet International Plc and a new CEO, Andrew Sampson, was appointed in 1986. Subsequently Dermot Murphy (1987 as Sales & Marketing Director) and Rod Adams (1989 as Finance Director), along with a new Technical Director joined the business. In 1992 the management team acquired the Company from Expamet. Then in 1998 APT Controls entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Skidata AG to establish APT Skidata Ltd, which would market and support the Skidata Car Access and People Access solutions in the UK . Andrew, having stepped aside in 2009, is still involved with the business today as a non-executive Director, with Dermot as CEO since 2010 and Rod as Finance Director.
In 2008, as part of the management’s strategy to build on success in the parking and access control markets, APT branched out into the slightly less familiar territory of transport. Signpost Solutions Ltd, one of the country’s leading manufacturers and providers of support infrastructure for traffic signs and signals, was acquired by APT Controls to form part of the new APT Controls Group of businesses. Further expansion occurred in 2010 with APT’s entry into the relatively new market of electric vehicle charging solutions, with the introduction of the Evolt range of charge points marketed through the new specialist division, APT Technologies. Most recently in 2011, in order to complement its existing parking product portfolio, Parking Pal Ltd was acquired by the Group. Parking Pal, under the Veri-park brand offers web based parking management solutions utilising ANPR technology, in place of the more traditional tickets and barriers.
From its humble beginnings more than fifty years ago APT Controls Ltd has grown to be one of the country’s leading UK businesses within the vehicle movement and security markets. With headquarters in Harrow, N.W. London and with a turnover of c£30m, the Group now employs more than 170 staff across four locations and serves more than a thousand clients across the UK with its range of products and services.