a1-cbiss Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Celebrating 30 Years

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th year anniversary. Upon reaching a company milestone, we reflect on thirty years of engineering excellence, combatting challenges with breakthrough innovative solutions. As a collective strength, we thrive with energy and passion. We’ve built our company to become one of the strongest system integrators of emissions monitoring and gas detection equipment.

We have taken the opportunity to look back on where it all started and how far we’ve come…

The Beginning

Back in 1989, owner and Managing Director, Peter McQue established CBISS Design from his own home. Ran as a one-man organisation, CBISS Design specialised in analyser sampling systems and sample conditioning. Following early success, Peter moved the business to a private workshop.

Timeline

1989

Custom Built Intelligent Sampling Systems (CBISS) Design established by Peter McQue

The MK 1 sampling system was launched

1992

CBISS sign agreement with A+ Corporation to supply sample conditioning equipment

1994

Following George Forster's arrival, the software department was created

1996

CBISS sign agreement with Gassonic to sell their acoustic leak detectors

CBISS achieve ISO9001 accreditation

1997

CBISS sign agency agreement with Environnement SA to supply CEMS into the UK

Stuart Barrowcliff becomes CBISS’ first apprentice

1999

Following the 10 year anniversary, the company moves to its new home at Ark Royal Way, Lairdside Technology Park in Tranmere. A move that helped the company develop by taking on larger projects and more staff

2004

CBISS Data Acquisition Software (CDAS) version 1 launched

2006

CBISS acquired by Diploma PLC within the a1-envirosciences group

CBISS changes its name to a1-cbiss

Ken Roberts becomes General Manager

MK3 sampler launched

2007

a1-cbiss expands product portfolio into Gas Detection (brands; Gastec, App-tek, ISC, Oldham)

a1-cbiss move head office to Maritime House, Wallasey to accommodate growing sales, marketing, and finance teams who now have responsibilities for the a1-envirosciences group

2008

Major agreement with Marks & Spencer for the supply of the Automatic Refrigerant Monitoring System (ARMS) to satisfy the F-Gas regulations

Neil Kane becomes MD

2009

CDAS achieves MCERTS accreditation

Mark Taylor becomes MD

2010

a1-cbiss complete their biggest projects to date; For gas detection - an 80-point sampling system for the Natural History Museum in London. For CEMS - 9 continuous emissions monitoring systems to one of the UK's largest power stations

2011

Steve Duggan becomes Financial Director

2012

CDAS 2 launched

AIRQUAL-1 launched to help sites meet the demands of EN12021

New webshop launched

Achieved Environnement SA Best Sales Performance

Company headcount; 46

2013

a1-cbiss complete the acquisition of Hitek Calibration Services

Achieved A+ Corporation Best Sales Performance

2014

Sam Thorneycroft becomes General Manager who later becomes MD in 2017

Reached 1million Gastec tube sales

a1-cbiss gain ISO14001 accreditation

a1-cbiss begin supporting Claire House – a local children’s hospice and continue to support them for the next 5 years

Ankersmid gas conditioning product range launched

Headcount; 62

2015

Agreements with RAE Systems, BW Technologies and Scott Safety to supply their gas detection equipment

a1-cbiss win their biggest ever CEMS order for Drax Power and expand into new premises - Scott’s Quay, Wirral

Achieved Environnement SA Best Sales Performance

2016

Runner-up Design Team of the Year (British Engineering Excellence Awards)

a1-cbiss introduces 3M Scott Safety respiratory protective equipment

2017

a1-cbiss agree to distribute products on behalf of Crowcon gas detection, Det-Tronics gas and flame detection and IKAR Fall Arrest Equipment

2018

After 19 years, a1-cbiss leave Ark Royal Way and move next door to Valiant Way – the 20,000 sq/m premises now accommodate all departments under one roof

OHSAS 18001 accreditation gained

In 2018, a1-cbiss collected the award from Envea for Best Sales Performance

2019

Service team expanded to 17 engineers with 3 dedicated regional co-ordinators to manage demand in Northern, Southern & Central regions

George Forster and John O’Neill celebrate their personal 25th anniversaries with a1-cbiss

a1-cbiss start supporting the Owen McVeigh Foundation

Headcount; 70

Happy 30th anniversary to a1-cbiss