Since its creation in 1952, APEM has become one of the leading worldwide manufacturers of man-machine interfaces. The group is present in 11 countries and has a network of more than 130 distributors and agents on five continents. With production plants in Europe, North Africa, America and Asia, APEM achieves 67 % of its turnover from export markets.
- APEM was created in 1952 in Montpezat de Quercy (Tarn et Garonne) for the manufacture of industrial switches.
- In 1971, a new manufacturing Plant was built, specialized in miniature switches.
- In 1975, the Company began a strategy of international development and successively has created 3 subsidiaries in Europe and Tunisia :
- Germany : 1975
- United Kingdom and Tunisia : 1983
- Benelux : 1989
- In 1984, APEM opened a new plant specialized in the production of switch panels to complement its product range.
- In 1991, it purchased American Switch Corp. in Boston (USA) and created a subsidiary, APEM COMPONENTS Inc, to achieve a solid presence on the North- American market. This year, the swedish subsidiary was also created.
- In 1998, 1999 and 2000, APEM acquired companies presenting high commercial or technical interest :
- MEC, a Danish manufacturer of high performance PCB tact switches,
- WUJIN, near Shanghai, to create APEM (Wujin) Electronic, the Chinese subsidiary and operational base for APEM’s expansion into the Pacific Rim,
- UNIFAB, in the USA, to expand its switch panel range.
- In 2000, APEM created a new subsidiary in Mexico, APEM Mexico.
- In 2002, APEM acquired a company producing stainless steel keyboards in Italy, which was given the name APEM Italia.
- In 2005, APEM acquired OLIVER CONTROL SYSTEMS Ltd. in England, thus extending its offering with a wide range of panel mount industrial joysticks.
- In 2008, acquisition of CH Products, USA, a leading manufacturer of joysticks, trackballs and simulation control devices