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September 2012 - 2012 marks 30 years in business for BACS

BACS CEO office photo Computer cleaning Computer room cleaning

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its latest report on business longevity. Of the 2,073,793 Australian businesses operating in June 2007, only 60.4% were still trading five years later. BACS Contamination Control has achieved an even greater milestone. 2012 marks 30 years in business for the company. In the 1980s, Bob Allan, BACS founder and CEO, identified a gap in facility maintenance while employed as a computer operations manager. "I saw how operators were too busy to clean and when they did, they didn't do a very good job of it!" says Bob. Contamination left behind by inadequate cleaning methods resulted in hardware malfunctions. "Outsourcing the job to regular office cleaners wasn't the answer. They just aren't trained to clean in a technical environment" Bob continues. A new approach was needed. Bob carefully selected specialised cleaning supplies and equipment, developed effective procedures, and educated his staff to perform to a high standard in a range of controlled environments.

In addition to computer cleaning, BACS began distributing Texwipe wipers to the Australian IT industry for cleaning computer media read-write heads in 1987. Through the relationship with Texwipe, a worldwide leader in contamination control supplies and critical cleaning products, BACS leveraged its ability to clean IT controlled environments and began cleaning cleanrooms in 1992. Since its inception, BACS has serviced over 15,000 computer rooms, data centres, cleanrooms and laboratories, becoming the only technical cleaning company that covers all Australian capital cities. With data centres adopting ISO 14644 cleanliness standards and becoming like ISO Class 9 cleanrooms, BACS is uniquely positioned in both the computer and cleanroom markets to meet future product and service needs.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Publication 8165.0 - Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2007 to Jun 2011