The Clipsal brand name first appeared in 1920, when Alfred Gerard developed a range of adjustable, clip-on metal conduit fittings. These products provided Australian electrical contractors with an innovative solution to the long-standing problem of size variations in metal conduits. The "Clipsal" name was created from the product’s unique ability. It "clips all sizes" was the claim. This was abbreviated to Clipsal - and an iconic brand was born. Under the leadership of Alfred’s son, Geoff, the company spearheaded several manufacturing breakthroughs, including the first all-Australian switch in 1930 and pioneering the use of thermoplastics in 1950.
The Clipsal brand can deliver electrical solutions to every market sector, for any project – from “power plant to plug”. At the close of 2003, Clipsal was acquired by Schneider Electric, forming a formidable partnership. Through Clipsal, Schneider Electric secured market leadership in Australia and the Asia Pacific electrical accessories market. Conversely, Clipsal gained a major stronghold on the growing integrated control and data communications markets.
The Clipsal Product Engineering team prides itself on being the most advanced and skilled in the Australian electrical industry, providing the market with the most technologically-advanced electrical solutions. Today, Clipsal enjoys leadership positions in data communications, industrial infrastructure, energy management, building management systems, home control systems and cable management solutions.