Since our humble beginnings as Brambles Industrial Services, and throughout our rich history, Bis has continued to evolve, using our knowledge, experience and innovation to create solutions for our customers.
More than a hundred years on, we are still delivering every day for our clients at more than 40 sites across Australia and Indonesia.
We won our first resources contract, as Brambles Industrial Services, with BHP at Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia. Services included the transportation of raw materials, slag handling, provision of heavy haulage and a range of earthmoving equipment, cranes and other heavy plant for construction, mining, road building and quarrying.
Purchased Shell Coal’s longwall relocation equipment, expanding into specialised underground coal mining equipment hire.
Bis has always identified strategic opportunities to grow and develop the services we offer our resources clients. In 1997, we purchased Shell Coal’s longwall relocation equipment which enabled us to expand into specialised underground coal mining equipment hire.
Brambles merged the management structures of its Cleanaway and Brambles Industrial Services businesses in Australia to capitalise on core operating synergies.
The Dual Powered Road Train is introduced to the Australian mining industry for the first time at the Burton coal mine.
As an innovator, Bis has harnessed new technology and machinery. In 2005, Bis introduced the Dual Powered Road Train to the Australian mining industry, revolutionising hauling operations.
One of the world’s oldest and most experienced private equity firms, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), acquires 100% of the BIS Cleanaway business from Brambles. The business is renamed BIS Cleanaway.
Expansion of underground equipment business gathers speed with acquisition of Allied Plant Services, and then Fieldwicks a year later.
Since the late nineties, our company has been forging ahead with the delivery of underground services and specialised equipment, and in 2007, we expanded our operations with the acquisition of Allied Plant Services and Fieldwicks.
KKR sells Cleanaway business to Transpacific and business is renamed BIS Industries Limited.
Bis broadens its commodity expertise with first iron ore contract win.
Expansion of off-road load and haul capability with acquisition of Gulf Group.
Bis sets its sights on expansion into Indonesia with incorporation of PT Bis Industries.
By 2013, Bis was looking beyond the horizon to new opportunities in Indonesia.
Bis wins first Indonesian contract and commences operations at Tabang.
A year later, we were awarded our first contract to provide handling, hauling and logistics solutions at a major mining operation in Tabang in East Kalimantan.
Bis acquires 100% of Powertrans, the supplier of the company’s unique Dual Powered Road Train technology and components.
Along with expansion into a new international market, Bis ratcheted its supply chain by acquiring Powertrans which supplied our Dual Powered Road Train technology and components.
Bis welcomes new majority shareholders – The Carlyle Group and Värde Partners.
Bis Industries rebrands to simply ‘Bis’ to better reflect the broadened scope of the business and convey its strong focus on customers.
Bis receives a major award at Australia’s Mining Monthly MET Exporter of the Year awards for its innovative haulage solution at the Tabang coal mine in East Kalimantan.
Bis leverages its unique position as both a leading mine haulage operator and as a proven Original Equipment Manufacturer, through its subsidiary Powertrans, to design and build the revolutionary haul truck Rexx in Perth.
Bis continues its expansion of the underground business through the acquisition of leading mining services company in the Australian underground coal mining sector, UGM.
Bis continues to innovate with the design of Razor – a safer, more productive and agile solution for the underground coal sector.
Bis gains yet another accolade for delivering outstanding commercial outcomes through its innovations – this time for Rexx, the revolutionary haul truck launched in the previous year.
In late 2019, Bis secured a top position on the 2019 Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list, in the category of Agriculture, Mining and Utilities, out of more than 800 nominated companies.
The prestigious annual list is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, and gauges the impact of a top innovation implemented in the past twelve months, as well as a company’s internal innovation processes and culture.
Throughout our history, we have continued to consolidate our vast experience to offer our customers best-practice outcomes across logistics, materials handling, underground services and consulting.
Our future is bright and will be shaped by the new technology, innovations, equipment and services that we are delivering for our customers every day.