Commercial & Industrial Cleaning Supplies Wholesale or 'CICS' was founded in 1905 with premises in Loop Street, Cape Town, and in Kimberley. The company's current name was adopted in 1956 with a change of ownership and the launch of the now well-known Exitol products. In a small room with three tanks, dishwasher, bleach, detergent and disinfectant products were produced by Duncan Thom and Oscar Viret under the ownership of John Douglas-Hamilton, who went on to run the company for more than 40 years!
During the 1960s, a mop making company was acquired and mops added to the products supplied to cleaners. In 1996 a factory shop was opened for the convenience of customers in the Bo-Kaap and CBD of Cape Town.
In addition to the Exitol products, the company has a comprehensive range of other products such as brushware, hardware, protective clothing, scouring pads, electric bulbs, tubing containers and stationery. The company also offers expert advice on tackling any cleaning problems.
In January 2004 Hannes Groenewald joined who has gained extensive experience in retail management over the past 18 years. His experience includes regional manager, divisional manager and new development manager for various large retail companies. Koos Steenekamp, with 35 years retail and management experience joined the company in 2012.
Our company prides itself on our subordination to the values of service and integrity. We are eager to please our clients and our track record proves this to be the case.