This October, BIC Group is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It was on 25 October 1944 that the PPA Company (Porte-plume, Porte-mines et Accessoires or Penholder, Mechanical pencils and Accessories) began its activity. Marcel Bich (1914-1994) was then CEO and Edouard Buffard (1908-1996) Manufacturing Director.
They had met at Société des Encres Stephens (Stephens’ Inks Company) and wanted to create their own enterprise. At the end of October 1944, gathering their own savings, they partnered to buy a three hundred square meter workshop at 18 Impasse des Cailloux in Clichy (Paris suburb) where they began to manufacture writing instrument parts.
At PPA, which was the very first of all the BIC Group companies to be created, the two associates established a true teamwork spirit and a high level of industrial requirements.
The visionary spirit of Marcel Bich led him to become interested in the ball point pen. He envisioned enormous potential for this product, and he and Buffard dedicated their efforts to launching their own ball pen. After acquiring a patent from the Hungarian Laszlo Biro for the ball point pen, the teams did everything to find the ideal ink formula and the perfect fitting between ball and ink, using machines of extreme precision from Swiss clock making. The BIC® Cristal® pen was launched in December 1950 and was based on the unassailable philosophy of offering the consumer superior quality at the best price. The BIC® Cristal® was an immediate success.
Today, 70 years after the creation of PPA in Clichy (France), BIC® products are found in more than 160 countries around the globe and occupy worldwide leading positions: number two in writing instruments, number one in branded pocket lighters, number two in non-refillable shavers and number two in advertising and promotional products....
BIC has launched the BIC® Cristal® Story, a new digital campaign aimed at consumers throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
BIC® Cristal® is seen by many across the world as a trustworthy, everyday pen. But is that the end of the story?
When someone leaves a BIC® Cristal® pen behind – on their desk at the office, at a coffee shop, in a car, at school… someone else eventually picks it up. We know that this is where the story truly begins. When people share a BIC® Cristal® pen, they are not just sharing a pen, they are sharing all the stories that have already been written, as well as the ones it will continue to create.
Make your mark, and be part of the story yourself!
Consumers are invited to create a doodle with their BIC® Cristal® pen, take a picture of their doodle, share it via Twitter, Instagram or on www.biccristalstory.com.
For each doodle uploaded to the BIC® Cristal® Story gallery, BIC will donate 100 BIC® Cristal® ball pens to a school in need in the MEA region.
Discover the story of the most shareable ball pen on biccristalstory.com....
October 2014 - As the celebrity guest of the 3rd Tipp-Ex® digital campaign, Pharrell Williams reveals his story in "Inspiration", 1st participatory book that has finally hit the shelves
▌ "Inspiration", now in its completed version leaves the press
Publication of Pharrell Williams' book, the first in a participatory format and already translated into 5 other languages, announces an end to the third Tipp-Ex® viral campaign coordinated by Buzzman.
For this new season of the campaign, Tipp-Ex® and Buzzman had asked Pharrell Williams to write a book about his life and his sources of inspiration. But a few hours before the book's release, in a bout of panic when facing fanatical readers trying to get their hands on an early copy, the cultish Bear, a figure from previous Tipp-Ex® campaigns, thought it wise to protect the book's contents by running the Tipp-Ex® correction tape over some of the sentences.
The Hunter and the Bear, a wacky duo already featured in the first two Tipp-Ex® campaigns, had asked Internet audiences for help in finding the book's original content. Those having identified the greatest number of words have had the good fortune of seeing their name credited as author, alongside the name of Pharrell Williams.
▌ The book is already a smash hit
This interactive book, completed by input from thousands of Web users is now for sale on Amazon.All profits earned from book sales will be donated to Pharrell Williams' association, "From One Hand To AnOTHER" (http://fohta.org), which assists underprivileged children throughout the world.
▌ Campaigns with a cult following
Launched in 2010 by the Buzzman ad agency, the Tipp-Ex® campaigns casting the hilarious duo of the Bear and the Hunter has made a huge splash with the public, recording over 70 million views.
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October 2014 - On Tuesday 07-OCT, the 5th annual “French Listed Companies Transparencies” took place in Paris.Organized by Labrador, a French company specialized in regulated information transparency, in association with a prestigious French higher education institution, this year the Leonardo da Vinci Management School, the Grand Prix aims to valorizing best practices in the publication of regulated financial information and to assessing, on an annual basis, the efforts of listed companies in financial transparency.
An independent committee reviewed 120 qualifying criteria to evaluate the transparency of four sources of information:
• Registration document
• Half-Year Financial Report
• Notice of the Shareholders’ Meeting
GRAND PRIX DU JURY 2010-2014 AWARDED TO BIC
BIC is proud for having been rewarded with 2 prizes, out of 120 French companies:
• First prize in the Consumer Goods and Health category
• The “Grand Prix du Jury 2010-2014”, a special Prize awarded to BIC and Credit Agricole for the consistency of their financial communication for more than five years.
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BIC® Kids is launching www.bickids.com — a new website that offers a variety of colouring as well as handwriting activities
In this age of computers and tablets, enjoying fun creative activities while learning to write remain key steps in a child’s development. In order to best meet this major challenge, BIC® Kids is launching www.bickids.com, a new website that offers quality content structured around colouring and learning to write.
A fun and practical tool that consists of three dedicated spaces
=> For children
Learn while having fun: this is the challenge undertaken by BIC® Kids with the creation of this new online space. In fact, the www.bickids.com site provides children with a number of quality, imagination stimulating activities such as colouring, mask making, cut-outs, folding and even activity books— all of which are based on varied and creative universes with super heroes, dinosaurs, and fairy tales.
=> For parents
Customise activities: as a privileged partner of parents, it is also for them that BIC® Kids designed this innovative website. Parents can register online and create custom activity books that also allow them to monitor the progress their children have made.
=> For teachers
Guidance and support for teachers: this new tool is also intended for teachers who can find tips on learning to write as well as specific exercises. Because it is difficult to correct bad writing habits, it is essential that children adopt good habits from the start.
The website is available in a dozen European languages.
▌ The new website automatically adapts to the format of the tablet or smartphone being used (responsive web) and offers a dedicated application for children.
BIC® Kids Play and Colour, colouring application for mobile phones and tablets
BIC® Kids is launching BIC® Kids Play and Colour, available on Google Play and the App store. With this application, children can colour and learn while having fun. In fact, you will actually have access to all of the same colouring activities as on the website, completely free of charge and with no bothersome advertising—your children will be able to learn and practice their handwriting skills.
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2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Marcel Bich and the twentieth anniversary of his passing away. Entrepreneur and visionary, Marcel Bich has left a strong mark on the French industry.
Originally from Val d'Aoste, Marcel Bich was born in Turin (Italy) on July 29, 1914, where he spent his early child-hood before moving to Spain and then to France with his parents. He became a French citizen in 1932 and pursued his studies in law.
In 1944, Marcel Bich and his associate Edouard Buffard settled in Clichy (France) and began to manufacture parts for writing instruments in their factory PPA (Porte-plume, Porte-mines et Accessoires).
In 1950, his visionary spirit led him to become interested in the ball point pen, for which he foresaw enormous potential. Marcel Bich acquired a patent from the Hungarian Laszlo Biro for the ball point pen and did everything to find the ideal ink formula and the perfect fitting between ball and ink, using machines of extreme precision from Swiss clock making. He put all his efforts into this product and launched his own ballpoint pen, the BIC® Cristal® pen, based on his unassailable philosophy of offering the consumer superior quality at the best price. In 1953, the BIC Company is created.To market the BIC® Cristal® ballpoint pen, Marcel Bich used a strategy based on audacious and massive advertising campaigns, like the ones created by Raymond Savignac, that contributed to strong sales, first in France, then internationally: in Italy in 1954, in Brazil starting in 1956, in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Oceania in 1957, then in the United States as of 1958, in Africa and the Middle East in the 60's.
In 1973, Marcel Bich decided to diversify his activities and launched the BIC® lighter, then revolutionized the shaver market by designing and marketing the first non-refillable shaver. After listing BIC on the Paris Stock Exchange in November 1972, he continued to explore very diverse areas of business, such as wind-surfing by creating BIC Sport. His passion for sailing and sailboat racing led him to compete - for France and for his personal ambition - in the Americas Cup challenge.
Marcel Bich built his company on strong values which guided his professional life and still inspire employees of the group today: ethics, responsibility, teamwork, simplicity, trust in people, but also ingenuity and tenacity.
Today, 20 years after his passing away, the BIC Group is present in more than 160 countries around the world with worldwide leading positions in its categories: number two in writing instruments, number one in branded pocket lighters, number two in non-refillable shavers and number two in advertising and promotional products.
Listen to Marcel Bich reading to Shareholders, on June the 4th, 1973, his Letter in which he expressed his vision for the company (French audio) in About BIC/History....
From 5th to 27th July 2014, BIC® is part of the Publicity Caravan and Official Supplier of the Tour and will set out to meet the spectators and the fans on the roads of France and England.
▌Supplier of a world sporting event
BIC is an historical partner of this cycling race which has become the 3rd world sporting event, and is now happy to be Official Supplier of the 2014 edition. Every morning before the race starts, the riders will sign in with the BIC® 4 Colours™ pen, the official pen of the Tour.
▌BIC on the caravan for 3,664 km and in 4 countries
This year, the Tour de France will kick off from Leeds in the Yorkshire (UK) and go through Belgium and Spain. Throughout the 3,664 kilometer-race, more than 12 million spectators will see the BIC® Caravan passing by and make the most of the brand at each stage:
- Three cars and a flatbed truck with a sound system, customized with the colors of the brand, will be presenting BIC® products and distributing 400,000 goodies all along the course.
- Events with the BIC® mascot will be carried out at the start and finish of each stage.
- Every day, hundreds of official pens will be distributed to spectators in the Starting Village, especially around the Podium where riders sign in.
The BIC® caravan: history on wheels…
BIC is an historical partner of the Tour de France. In 1952, 1953, 1955, in 1967 and in 1996 BIC has traveled the roads of France at the heart of the Publicity Caravan. Between 1967 and 1974, BIC was also involved in the race with its own team of professional road cyclists, among them, the winner of the 1973 edition. BIC returned to the Publicity Caravan in 2011, in 2012 and 2013 as Official Supporter and in 2014 as Official Supplier.
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The hunter and the bear, heroes of one of the most acclaimed digital campaigns of the last decade are back with another friend, the amazing Pharrell Williams. Get ready for an exhilarating adventure...
This year, Tipp-Ex®, N°1 correction brand in Europe,Bic® and Pharrell Williams go together to make history by creating the first participatory book instantly translated into 5 languages. A real technological feat imagined by Buzzman agency for a world first!
The idea: Tipp-Ex® and Buzzman asked Pharrell to write a book about his personal life and the source of his inspiration. A few hours before the book launch, struck by panic due to fierce readers seeking to steal the book, the bear decided to cover the whole book with Tipp-Ex® Mini Pocket Mouse to protect its contents.
With this blunder starts a new Tipp-Ex® adventure ... To participate, you will have to enter the cabin of the hunter and the bear and help find the thousands of words, which have been covered in the book.
Obviously, the hunter, the bear and even Pharrell will be there at every moment with hints to help you complete the book. The more words you find, the closer your name will be in the credits alongside Pharrell Williams.
Once completed by users, the “Social Book” will be printed and published.Profits will be donated to an organization supporting disadvantaged children as they attempt to, hopefully, rewrite their lives.
Discover the experience: www.tippex-socialbook.com....
What is it going to be? A rainbow of colours, a range of psychedelic forms, your favourite scenery? The BIC® Design On Fire contest is back for its 3rd Edition and invites you to create your own BIC® lighter decor!
Whether you are a gifted designer, a famous artist or simply a lighter lover, join us to try to win €5,000 by creating the future BIC® lighter collection.
The first two winners already went from “Flame to Fame” and had their decor printed on 1 million BIC® lighters across Europe!
Express your creativity from January 14th to March 13th on the following pages:
https://www.facebook.com/designonfire and http://www.mybiclighter.com/design-fire-3
The winner will be the one able to convince not only the jury thanks to the originality and creativity of his/her design but also the social world by sharing his/her creation and getting a maximum of votes.Now it’s time to show your talent. It’s time to “Design On Fire”!...
Film advertising for the BIC® Cristal® Stylus 2 in 1 pen...
To celebrate the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, BIC is back on the Publicity Caravan as OFFICIAL SUPPORTER in 2013.
BIC takes part in the history of the Tour de France
From 29th June to 21st July 2013 BIC will be an Official Supporter of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. To celebrate the anniversary of this international cycling event alongside the 12 million Tour de France spectators, BIC is organizing a series of activities and events including:
- Four cars and a flatbed truck with a sound system in the Publicity caravan, customized with the colors of the brand and presenting new products. More than 400,000 goodies will be distributed all along the course.
- At each stage, an electric vehicle and the BIC® mascot will be at the finish line and will invite people to discover the Back to School program.
- Every day, hundreds of pens will be distributed to the public in the starting village, especially around the riders’ autograph podium.
Every morning before the race starts, the riders will sign in with the BIC® 4-Color™ pen, the official pen of the competition.
The BIC® caravan: history on wheels…
An historical partner of the Tour de France, BIC is an integral part of this hundred-year-old sporting event. In 1952, 1953, 1955, in 1967 and in 1996 BIC has traveled the roads of France at the heart of the Publicity Caravan. Between 1967 and 1974, BIC was also involved in the race with its own team of professional road cyclists, among them, the winner of the 1973 edition. After an absence of several years, BIC returned to the Publicity Caravan in 2011 and since 2012 as Official Supporter of the Tour of France.
BIC keeps the flame alive for 40 years
In 2013 The Tour de France celebrates its 100th anniversary and BIC is also celebrating its lighter’s 40th anniversary. For the occasion, BIC has customized one of its vehicles with the colors of the BIC® lighter’s anniversary. 6 million BIC® lighters are chosen by consumers every day all around the world, and since their launch, 30 billion lighters have been manufactured by BIC. Known and appreciated for its quality, the BIC® lighter meets and exceeds the standards of the international safety specifications by being tested and going through more than 50 automatic quality-control checks. With 24 colors of lighter bodies and the same oval shape unchanged for 40 years ensuring the best handling, the BIC® lighter is timeless. This iconic and designer product is now part of the permanent collections of museums such as the MOMA in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris...
An idea comes to your mind but you have nothing to write it on? Our solution: the new My BIC Notes app.
At work, at home, while traveling or at school…this app is made for you. Free and easy to use on tablets, My BIC Notes offers many features including different writing instruments (ballpoint pen, pencil, marking pen…), note taking, drawing or doodling and even agenda organizing with the help of TO DO lists.
How to use My BIC Notes? Simple and intuitive!
Download the application on the App store or Android TM* and choose your type of paper and work space in order to personalize your notes. You can also organize your documents into folders with tags and send them by email.
Attention! Please note that this app is available on tablets with a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
* Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License....
In 2013, the BIC® lighter is celebrating its 40th anniversary: 40 years of BIC expertise dedicated to quality, safety and design.
With 6 million lighters chosen by consumers everyday, the BIC® lighter is the world’s number 1 branded lighter. Discover this success story.
From its birth to its different designs, all will be revealed about the BIC® lighter!»...
Well, you’ll then have the occasion to prove it!
Tipp-Ex®, leader of the European Correction Products Market and a brand of the BIC Group, is coming back with The Big Tipp-Ex® Quiz.A funny game about the last experience that was viewed more than 9.7 million times allowing to rewrite History on YouTube with the Hunter and the Bear.
Thanks to this new entertaining game signed again by the agency BUZZMAN (that already has created the 2 previous campaigns), all of the fans of the 2 famous characters will be now able to test their knowledge and prove how well they know Hunter & Bear by answering 50 questions.
A dedicated application will be hosted on Facebook from May 2nd to May 31st on the Hunter Vs Bear’s fan page.The goal is simple: answer as fast and as many questions as possible to get the best score.
Sharing the quiz with friends will give you even more points and will help you to achieve your goal: proving that there is no one in this planet able to beat you on the Hunter & Bear saga!
After a month of tough competition, the fan who has the best score will be nominated as the winner of our Big Tipp-Ex® Quiz and will be recognized as our best fan.
And what a better reward than a trip for 2 in Alaska to visit Mr Bear for real! Are you still confident? So take the quiz now and show us what you got!...
BIC is launching a highly irreverent viral campaign for its BIC® 4 Colours ball pen.
BIC® 4 Colours is an icon. Simple, convenient and reliable, the ball pen with its unique and immediately recognizable shape has been supporting generations of students and workers since its launch in 1970.
More than time to celebrate its popularity! BIC and the agency Toy designed an irreverent viral campaign based on a simple idea: Inside a BIC® 4 Colours ball pen, there are four colours patiently waiting to be called on. The campaign tells the amusing story of these four flatmates with an original look (check out their skin-tight jumpsuits!) and character:
Blue, a bit of a big head as he’s the most demanded - Red, who loves correcting people – Black, only called on as a substitute for Blue which explains his rather bad attitude – Green who is relatively underused making him not only work-shy but also sensitive and flabby....
There is nothing like BIC® Evolution™ pencils…
These graphite and coloring pencils, this year celebrating their 20th anniversary, are made from an exclusive manufacturing process. They do not contain any wood and are highly resistant; they give children the opportunity to enjoy themselves by letting their imagination run free and also meet parents’ satisfaction.To celebrate this birthday as it should, BIC ® Evolution is launching two new references:
- BIC® Kids Evolution offers a large range of 24 bright colors;
- BIC® Evolution is safe and solid/resistant...
BIC® Education is a simple and innovative educational solution for primary school, combining handwriting and digital technology. Equipped with digital tablets, one for each student, and educational software designed for and with teachers, it is a comprehensive tool for today’s teaching methods. Teachers can create adapted educational material and at the same time maintain control of their class, while each student enjoys interactivity and digital benefits. The entire solution is made in France.
Equipped with an ergonomic stylus for children, which was developed using BIC®'s 60 years of experience in handwriting, the digital BIC® Education tablets are designed primarily for students to develop their writing skills. According to many experts, handwriting contributes to the structuring of thought and must remain a fundamental skill that children will enjoy mastering. In addition to handwriting, tablets also encourage discovery and the desire to learn in all subjects, thanks to numerous interactive applications that can be added by teachers.
BIC® Education includes educational software that makes it very easy to create and share educational materials with students on the digital tablets in real-time, regardless of the subject taught. The teacher can also follow the progress of each student in a simple and dynamic manner, and even analyze their reasoning a posteriori.
BIC® Education is proud to provide schools with the many benefits of digital technology, while allowing teachers to use this new technology to greatly benefit their students and maintain control of their class. The solution is mobile and can be shared among multiple classes within the same school, benefiting to 100% of the students.
"For more than 60 years, BIC has assisted pupils around the world as they learn to write by trying to make simple and reliable products available to them. It is this philosophy that has guided our group in the development of the BIC® Education solution to effectively support teachers and pupils through the transition to an increasingly digitized environment", says Billy Salha, Director of BIC Europe.
"For several years now, Intel has invested a lot in education in order to promote technology in the educational field. We are happy to say that Intel’s new collaboration with BIC is part of this process. We decided to collaborate with BIC® Education after mutual thoughts and discussions with the education and teaching area; it is an innovative solution which combines handwriting and digital technology in order to encourage personal, creative and interactive teaching", added Stéphane Nègre, CEO of Intel France.
Available as of October 2012, BIC® Education integrates BIC® Connect software as well as 6, 15 or 30 digital BIC® Tab tablets and their charging docks. Various support services for implementation, learning and hotline are also included in the solution.
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After receiving an award for the performance of its governing bodies in 2010 and an award for the transparency of its information and communication in 2011, BIC received the 2012 Corporate Governance GRAND PRIX, granted by the French Economic and Financial Magazine, AGEFI, on the 26th September 2012. BIC was also awarded the “Societal Responsibility” prize.
Each year the “Corporate Governance” award is given to French companies that distinguish themselves by the quality of their relations with shareholders and investors. One of the objectives of the awards is to encourage the implementation of rules for good practice in corporate governance....
21-JUN-2012 - BIC is launching a new communication campaign to remind the public that more than 70% of BIC® products chosen by French consumers are made by BIC in its own French factories.
A survey carried out in France in February 2012 , shows that more than 6 consumers out of 10 do not know that BIC produces mainly in France, even though 9 out of 10 think that producing in France is positive.
By questioning generally accepted ideas: “Is it a challenge to produce in our regions?” “Is it a challenge to use products manufactured in France?”, BIC, whose philosophy has always been to produce the best quality at the best price, reminds the public that maintaining manufacturing in France is possible as long as there is a constant improvement of the production tool and highly qualified personnel.
Recognized for their quality and affordable price, millions of BIC® branded writing instruments, lighters and shavers are made in France, in seven manufacturing plants located in Marne-la-Vallée (Ile-de-France), Boulogne-sur-Mer and Samer (Nord-Pas-de-Calais), Vannes and Redon (Bretagne), Longueil-Sainte-Marie (Picardie) and Cernay (Alsace). These products are destined for both the national market and export.
The campaign shows the brand’s core products such as the BIC® Cristal® pen, the BIC® 4 Colors™ pen, the BIC® lighter and coloring products, all of them manufactured in France.
The advertisements will also be adapted for some of the regions where BIC factories are located, like Ile-de-France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Bretagne and Alsace.
The campaign, created by Spices Communication, was launched on June the 20th in the press and will be supported by in store communication actions.
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Paris, Eurosatory exhibition, June 13, 2012
During the Eurosatory 2012 international defense show and exhibition, General Bertrand Ract-Madoux, French army Chief of Staff, awarded the 39th IGA (Ingénieur Général de l'Armement) Chanson prize to teams from Sagem (Safran group), the CEA's Liten lab and the company Bic, for their work on a fuel cell for the FELIN program (1), under a basic research contract from French defense procurement agency DGA.
Developed by the three partners, this portable energy source will replace FELIN's lithium-ion batteries, reducing the weight carried by infantry soldiers. The fuel cell technology they developed supplies specific energy density of about 300 Wh/kg, a three-fold increase over current batteries.
The Liten lab, part of French atomic energy commission CEA, contributes its expertise in fuel cells, while Bic offers its know-how in miniaturized energy storage devices for the consumer market.
As prime contractor for the FELIN program, Sagem is the designer of its energy system, and for this project it is responsible for the fuel cell electronic control and management circuit.
The technological breakthrough by the three partners will help meet the energy challenge faced by today's infantry units, which now make widespread use of electronic devices. The FELIN system for infantry soldiers already contributes to this goal because of its architecture based on a sole energy source and optimized energy management, which facilitates the integration of this new fuel cell.
The fuel cell is based on PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) technology. It uses gaseous hydrogen as a fuel, produced from sodium borohydride and water in a disposable cartridge, producing 120 Wh for a weight of 300 grams. Once used it can quickly be replaced, with a buffer battery providing electricity during the transition.
Sodium borohydride is a moderately priced substance that offers significant advantages over the methanol used today, in terms of handling, safety and environmental protection. Furthermore, the fuel cell becomes more advantageous the longer it has to be used autonomously, because soldiers only need to carry extra cartridges. Several prototypes have already been successfully tested, including in field trials, and deliver average power of 12 watts, compatible with the FELIN system's needs.
Furthermore, this new technology could also meet requirements for portable optronics, radios, mini-robots, drones and remote sensors, and help spur the emergence of a new industry based on a dual-use (civil-military) technology.
(1) FELIN is an integrated equipment suite for the French soldier modernization program, which provides for the delivery of 22,600 systems to the French army. It has been in service with the army since September 2010, and was deployed in Afghanistan starting in December 2011....
After a strong return to the Publicity Caravan in 2011, BIC is back in 2012 as the OFFICIAL SUPPORTER of the 99th Tour de France.
For the first time BIC® is the official pen, lighter, and shaver of the Tour de France. From 30th June to 22nd July 2012, with a crowd of 12 million Tour de France spectators, BIC will have a series of activities and events during the most prestigious cycling event in the world. These will consist of:
- An electric vehicle and the BIC® mascot at the finish line,
- Four cars and a flatbed truck with a sound system, customized with the colors of the brand and presenting new BIC® products,
- Distribution of more than 400 000 goodies all along the course as well as flyers, inviting people to discover the back-to-school “ECONOBIC” plan which has been put in place in shops,
- Distribution of pens to the public in the starting village, especially around the riders’ signature podium.
BIC is extending this partnership to stores (supermarkets and trade stores) by awarding BIC themed gifts between 1st May and 31st July (BIC/Tour de France mountain bikes, vintage jerseys from the former BIC cycling team, and Tour de France backpacks).
Two symbols of French heritage united
A popular and friendly gathering par excellence, the Tour de France shares values that the BIC® brand has offered to its consumers for over 60 years. This mutual commitment has lasted a long time. Since its creation in the 50s, the French brand has travelled the roads of France at the heart of the Publicity Caravan. From 1967 to 1974, it was also involved in the race with its own team of professional road cyclists; its iconic riders Jacques Anquetil, Lucien Aimar, Luis Ocana, Jan Janssen, etc., all showcased their talent during such prestigious races as the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia .
The BIC® Evolution™ pencil celebrates its birthday on the Tour
On Tuesday 3rd July 2012, the Publicity Caravan and riders still in the competition will travel the 197km between Orchies and Boulogne-sur-Mer. They will pass the BIC factory in the village of Samer (62) where millions of BIC® Evolution™ graphite and coloring pencils are made every day. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 20th birthday of this iconic pencil, which is made with over 50% recycled materials....
Tipp-Ex®, leader of the European Correction Products Market and a brand of the BIC Group, is back with an interactive campaign on YouTube as funny and surprising as Season 1!
Launched in September 2010, the first season of the adventures of the Hunter & the Bear, “A hunter shoots a bear” was viewed time after time and generated more than 50 Million views on YouTube. The campaign has become a legend! It was rewarded with more than 20 international awards and definitively left its mark on the advertising world.
In the first season, viewers were invited to White and Rewrite THE STORY… For the second season, it’s now time to White and Rewrite HISTORY!
The BUZZMAN agency, also creators of Season 1, has developed a new series of 46 funny films where the Hunter & the Bear are celebrating their birthday party at different dates in history! It is visitors to the YouTube page that change the date after deleting the current date, 2012 (the end of the world!), with a Tipp-Ex® Mini Pocket Mouse Correction Tape. Some of the films also offer incredible interactive animations – you just have to find them!
Click on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQtai7HMbuQ to discover the introductory video to the campaign available online from today, 12 April 2012, and continue the experience onhttp://www.youtube.com/user/Tippexperience.
Fans of the two stars may also unite on a dedicated facebook page where they can discover films they might have missed and discover other great promotions from the Tipp-Ex® brand.
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January 2012 - The French advertising agency, TOY, has created a series of eight posters starring the BIC® 4 Colours™ pen to illustrate different school subjects.
The agency, Image Republic, decided to make the series available to the public through their website and certain points of sale.The posters can be seen and ordered via the website : http://www.image-republic.com...
February 2012 - Since the month of May 2011, the BIC Group has become a partner of CARE in its “Rural Sales Program” that enables women in Bangladesh to overcome poverty by developing their professional activity.
An innovative project in partnership with CARE
CARE’s “Rural Sales Program” has been in place since 2004. It assists women who are among the poorest, the Aparajitas (“those who never give up”), to develop their own activity by selling articles door-to-door in remote rural areas. Since the partnership between BIC and CARE was signed in May 2011, these women include BIC® shavers in their baskets. To support them, the local BIC distributor and CARE teams provide training in sales and demonstrate the specific features of the products and shaving practices.
Sustainable solutions to fight against poverty
To promote this form of entrepreneurship, BIC and CARE offer these women an appropriate and sustainable solution by providing them with the means to escape poverty and social isolation, and in this way to give them a sense of pride and a new role to play in their community. Today, this program includes 900 businesswomen and their families. This new distribution method allows the inhabitants of isolated villages to have access to simple, good-quality and inexpensive products.
As Edgar Hernandez, General Manager for Developing Markets of the BIC Group, points out, “Thanks to CARE’s Rural Sales Program in Bangladesh, we believe we can provide concrete and lasting solutions to the populations that need them. For BIC, it is also an opportunity to test a new approach to distribution in these countries, and to acquire a better understanding of the expectations of their inhabitants.”
Philippe Lévèque, Executive Director from CARE France, adds, “This innovative partnership with companies such as BIC enables us to experiment with new ways of reducing poverty. This distribution program, which places emphasis on the social impact it can have among some of the poorest women in Bangladesh, also permits CARE to involve private players outside traditional sponsorship and to learn from their expertise for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations.”
To know more about the BIC Care program: YouTube (link in the orange area)
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Design On Fire! This is not an Urban Legend…
Become the new designer of the next BIC collection and be sold all over Europe!
For the very first time, BIC launches a new contest giving the opportunity to art lovers to design the future BIC lighter collection.
Whether you are anonymous, famous artists or lighter lovers, take part into this design contest, try to win 2000€ and design the future BIC collection produced at 1.000.000 pieces through Europe.
For the first 2012 edition of this contest, famous street artists gave their names to these series: Nasty and Speedy Graphito. Both artists are renowned as pioneers of the Street art movement and are considered nowadays as icons.
Want to compare with them? Take part into the biggest European “lighter design battle” ever organized and express your creativity from January 26th until March 26th 2012 on www.mybiclighter.com website and on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/designonfire !
The winner will be the one who will convince not only the final jury through the originality and the creativity of his design, but also the one who will conquest social networks by sharing his creation and getting a maximum of votes.
It’s time to show your talent! It is time to “Design on Fire”!...
25 octobre 2011— On October the 14h, 2011, BIC was awarded the “Gold medal” at the annual “Grand Prix Actions” (Stock Awards) organized every year since 2009 by “Mieux Vivre votre Argent” (one of France’s most popular magazines dedicated to active individual shareholders).
These prizes are awarded on the basis of 3 criteria:
- The performance of the stock over the past 3 years,
- The company’s level of commitment to social responsibility,
- The “shareholder friendliness” of the company.
The silver medal was awarded to EADS (aerospace and defence) and the bronze to SEB (household appliances)....
06 October 2011 - BIC won first prize for Business Sector Transparency (the most transparent consumer goods company). This sector includes large French listed companies such as Danone, Essilor, L’Oréal, LVMH, Michelin, Pernod Ricard, Peugeot, Renault, Sanofi, Hermès, SEB and Valeo.
This prize was already awarded to BIC last year, as well the “Grand Prix” for all categories. This year, the “Grand Prix” was given to Rhodia (chemicals) but BIC ranks N°2 in front of TF1 (TV and media).
The objective of these “Grands Prix” is to enhance Regulated Information Best Practices and to assess listed companies’ efforts in the financial transparency field on an annual basis.
An independent Scientific Transparency Committee including representatives of the regulated information field in France (Financial Market Authority, French Society of Financial Analysts, French Asset Management Association, French Institute of Directors, Association for the Promotion of Individual Shareholders, Individual Investors Investment Club Association, Minority Shareholder Association, French Institute of Directors, Club Finance HEC) reviewed 85 ranking criteria aimed at gauging the transparency of sources of information:
- Reference document
- Half-Yearly Financial Report
- Quarterly information
29 September 2011 -- Awarded in 2010 for the performance of its governing bodies, this year BIC has been classed in first position for the quality and the transparency of its information and communication in awards granted by the French Economic and Financial Magazine, Agefi.
The “Corporate Governance Awards” are attributed annually to French companies that distinguish themselves by the quality of their relations with shareholders and investors. One of the objectives of the awards is to encourage the creation of rules for good practice in corporate governance. Companies are nominated on the basis of the results of a survey completed by financial professionals reviewed by a steering committee composed of financial professionals and governance specialists including members of the French Asset Management Association, the French Society of Financial Analysts and minority shareholder associations.
The reasons cited for this award are:
=>The quality and the accessibility of the information delivered;
=>The reactivity and the availability of the management;
=>The definition and the communication of a clear strategy....
23 June 2011 - One of the most popular French brands in the world joins the world’s third largest sporting event. The 12 million fans who will line the route of the Tour will be delighted to find products in the Publicity Caravan that they know and recognize... and to discover new ones.
Surprises, gifts and special activities at each stage
A major operation has been put in place. An electric vehicle on the finish line, three cars and a flatbed truck with a sound system, all customized with the colors of the brand and its iconic “BIC® boy” will create the event and will present the Back to School operation “Econobic” as well as new products including the 3 and 4 moveable blade shavers: BIC® Flex.
The hostesses of the vehicles will distribute hundreds of thousands of gifts and coupons, both at the start and finish of each stage throughout the race so that everyone can have a souvenir of these special moments.
BIC’s customers will also be able celebrate with a VIP welcome in stage towns.
More information in the press release that you can download in PDF format (PDF icon top right)....
31 May 2011--Two winners have each won a prize of 5 000 Euros following the “Cristal Art Gallery” contest, hosted by www.thebicwall.com, a website dedicated to the 60th Anniversary of the BIC® Cristal® pen in Europe.
=> The Jury’s Prize was awarded to Jean-Baptiste Durand, also known as Neguts for his work of art drawn on a wall and named “Wall drawing”. The empty pens at the foot of the wall give an idea of the size of the drawing!
The jury, composed of three artists who use the BIC® Cristal® pen in their work, gathered on Friday 21 May to deliberate and choose a winner among the 730 works of art posted online by visitors to the site. “Among the numerous works of art posted, many of which revealed great talent and showed sophisticated drawing techniques, we chose the work of art “Wall Drawing”. This piece showed an original artistic approach through the presentation of the work and the artist’s mastery of his subject. We would like to congratulate the artist by giving him the Jury’s Prize,” commented the judges.
=> The Internet Users’ Prize was awarded to Managua. His work of art “BIC story” illustrates the history of the BIC® brand, from the first advertising to the latest product releases.
The “Cristal® Art Gallery” contest was hosted online from 14 April to 17 May 2011, allowing Internet users to post a drawing, video or sculpture using BIC® Cristal® pens.
The artists on the Jury:
Anne-Flore Cabanis, a French artist who has produced works of art using a BIC® Cristal® pen and in one continuous line.
Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz, a Spanish artist known for his realistic photographic drawings using a BIC® Cristal® pen.
Paolo Ulian, an Italian designer who has produced sculptures using BIC® Cristal® pens.
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30 May 2011 - The BIC Group is participating in the G8 and G20 summits by offering all the participants a cult object that is 100% French, the BIC® 4 Color™ pen, decorated for the occasion in the colors of the French presidency of the G20 and G8!
At the G8 Summit in Deauville, France on 26-27 May and at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France on 3-4 November, all the participants, experts, heads of state and government members will write with a BIC® 4-Color™ pen.
A strong symbol of the quality of French products, the BIC Group has chosen to contribute to the influence of France across the world through this partnership.
Launched over 40 years ago and entirely manufactured in the Group’s French factories, the legendary BIC® 4-Color™ pen remains the star of French schoolchildren’s pencil cases and many others who appreciate its practical and reliable qualities.
With the G8 and the G20, the BIC® 4-Color™ pen continues to write the history of tomorrow!
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For the launch of its new male shaver BIC® Flex 3, BIC and the agency BUZZMAN are innovating again a viral campaign on YouTube. The BIC® Flex Experience includes a film that transforms into a video game with movement detectors.
The story begins on the website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlCVE0OG-tI with an offbeat 90 second film entitled “WTF! Insane human curling,” directed by the American, Keith Schofield, previously honored with the Lion at the Cannes advertising international festival. Freshly shaved with a BIC® Flex 3, a champion of the totally crazy sport human curling glides on his stomach to reach a target marked on the ice.
At the end of the film, YouTube becomes an interface for the new generation of video games: your webcam will detect your body’s movements allowing you to become a human curling sweeper. The best performing players can win a stay in an Ice Hotel in Sweden.
The campaign is extended on Facebook with a dedicated page http://www.facebook.com/bicflex3 that will have an editorial animation in four languages. It further offers all French fans the possibility of downloading BIC® Flex 3 reduction coupons.
Speaking about the campaign, Alexis Vaganay, Marketing Director BIC Europe, added, “This campaign illustrates in a funny and irreverent way the “surprisingly smooth glide” offered by BIC® Flex 3 – a 3 blades shaver with moveable blades, a technology that BIC is making available to everyone.”
Launched on 11 April 2011 in France, the campaign will be extended to the rest of Europe at the beginning of May with significant media investment on YouTube and Google.
Following the success of “A hunter shoots a bear” in 2010 for the Tipp-Ex® brand, this new campaign is the second collaboration between the BIC Group and the agency BUZZMAN.
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BIC AND TERRACYCLE ARE LAUNCHING THE FIRST PROGRAM FOR COLLECTING AND RECYCLING WRITING INSTRUMENTS IN FRANCE - This civic gesture also allows money to be raised for non-profits or schools
BIC, the world leader in ballpoint pens, is associating itself with TerraCycle, a pioneering upcycling and recycling company, to organize the voluntary collection of writing instruments in the very places where they are used (schools, companies, universities…) in order that they be recycled.
Sponsored by BIC, this program enables all writing instruments, regardless of whether or not they are BIC® branded, to be recycled into new useful products such as pen holders, wastepaper baskets and watering cans.
In return for this civic gesture, 2 Euro cents per writing instrument collected will be donated to a charity or not for profit chosen by the organization responsible for the collection or, in the case of schools, the money will be donated directly to the school in order to finance a future educational project.
Getting involved with the BIC® and TerraCycle® collection and recycling program is simple: a volunteer from each school, university, or company that is interested in launching a campaign should register for free on the website: www.terracycle.fr from which the volunteer will be able to download material for the launch (posters, flyers, prepaid shipping labels…). Then the collection of used writing instruments can begin! The collection is then sent for free to TerraCycle’s warehouse in near Lille, France where the writing instruments are processed to be made into new products.
Talking about the partnership, Marie Saglio, General Manager of BIC France stated: “Our writing instruments are known across the world for using a minimum amount of material while still offering high quality with a long writing length (the BIC® Cristal® ballpoint pen weighs only 5.8 grams and writes for at least 2 km). 13 of our core products received the French Official ecolabel NF Environnement, which guarantee responsible consumption. But BIC will not settle for this. As worldwide leader in the ballpoint pen market, it is our responsibility to offer innovative solutions in terms of sorting waste and solutions for our products’ end of life. Today, used writing instruments are not collected by any dedicated recycling waste stream. Thanks to the BIC-TERRACYCLE program, they will now have a second life.”
“TerraCycle is extremely excited by the opportunity to expand our upcycling programmes in Europe,” said TerraCycle’s European General Manager, Chris Baker. “With the help and support of BIC we can change the way consumers perceive waste and I believe the progressive mindset of consumers in France will ensure our program is well-received and very successful.”
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BIC is launching a collection of colourful, fun lighter cases to make each lighter a unique object. The BIC’In comes in 6 colours and 4 different shapes. There has to be one like you!
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“I am in your pocket, in your daughter’s pencil case, on your father’s desk, and in front of the cash register of your local bakery.
I am idolized by designers and artistic directors the world over, and major museums put me on display.
You’ve seen me in Paris, Sao Paulo, New York, Dakar, ... the list goes on and on.
You can find me in 16o countries. I am so much a part of life that every country believes I was born there.
I am the most sold ballpoint pen in the world.
I am incredibly modern.
I’m 60 years old”
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In order to promote its shaver recycling program, BIC is launching a new advertising campaign in France, with the advertising agency Hemisphere droit. The campaign features the soccer player Eric Cantona and “recycles” his famous commercial of 1995.
BIC’s commitment to sustainable development
BIC® products have always been designed to offer long-lasting performance while using the minimum amount of raw materials. For example, a BIC® Cristal ballpoint pen writes for more than 2km and only weighs 5.8g and a triple-blade BIC® 3 shaver provides at least 10 days of shaving for a weight of only 9g. However the Group has not settled for these achievements and continues to think of ways to participate in the reduction of environmental impacts, in line with its values of responsibility, innovation and ingenuity. In this context, the Group created the program “BIC® recycle” in France, a simple way of helping its consumers to collect and recycle their BIC® shavers.
The “BIC® Recycle” program
The process is simple: consumers buy their BIC® shavers, use them, order a prepaid recycling envelope on the dedicated website www.bicrecycle.com and send ten used shavers per envelope back to BIC for free. The shavers are then recycled and turned into washing machine parts.
Speaking about the program, Marie Saglio, BIC France’s General Manager, stated: “With more than 30% market share (1), BIC is the market leader for one-piece shavers in France. With this program, we want to offer a simple and innovative recycling solution to the millions of consumers who, on a daily basis, put their trust in the excellent value for money offered by our single-, double-, triple- and quadruple-blade shavers.”
The advertising campaign
In order to promote the program “BIC® Recycle”, Hemisphere droit naturally suggested that BIC should recycle the 1995 campaign in which Eric Cantona made his advertising debut. The agency created a script whereby the Eric Cantona of 1995 is confronted by the Eric Cantona of 2010. A real showdown where we see that the once irredeemable Eric Cantona has become responsible!
The films, directed by Frank Tapiro (who created the BIC 1995 campaign at Euro RSCG), are in the true spirit of the BIC® brand: simple, popular and off-beat.
To launch the campaign, a 5’’ teaser film will be shown on TV from October 13-16, 2010. It will be followed from October 17 through November 7, by a 20’’ TV commercial shown on TF1, Canal + and cable / satellite channels.
As of October 13, the website www.bicrecycle.com, also designed by Hemisphere droit, will give Internet users the chance to rediscover the 1995 and 1996 films as well as the 30’’ version of the 2010 TV commercial. As a bonus, they can also watch again and again the hilarious instructions from Eric Cantona, who explains in his own way each step of the “BIC® Recycle” program, from the collection of the shavers to their recycling.
Finally, two more teaser films will be shown on the web to create a buzz around this campaign which will give Internet users the opportunity to “recycle” their friends on Facebook!
All in all, this will be a rich, innovative and high-impact campaign to launch this important program.
Frank Tapiro, president of Hemisphere droit, speaking about the production, explained: “The producer (On Broadway prod) totally corresponds to the will for “sustainable” film production which is today very fashionable in cinema, particularly in the United States. The goal being to reuse existing images as much as possible and to reedit films with a few new images.”
(1)Source: Nielsen. Volume Market Share. France/ non-refillable shaver market
During the 2010 edition of the “Labrador(1)-Sciences Po(2) Transparency Classification,” and out of the 120 largest French listed companies, BIC won first prize for Business Sector Transparency (the most transparent consumer goods company for its financial information) and was awarded first prize for the General Transparency Category.
The objective of this « Grand Prix » is to enhance Regulated Information Best practices and to assess listed companies’ efforts in the financial transparency field on an annual basis.
An independent Scientific Transparency Committee including representatives of the regulated information field in France (Financial Market Authority, French Society of Financial Analysts, French Asset Management Association, French Institute of Directors, Association for the Promotion of Individual Shareholders, Minority Shareholder Association, NYSE Euronext) reviewed 70 ranking criteria aimed at gauging the transparency of sources of information
- The reference document
- The Half-Yearly Financial Report
- Quarterly information
- Web site
(1) Labrador: consulting agency in Financial Communication and Publishing
(2) Sciences Po: university specializing in humanities and social sciences...
BIC has been classed in first position for the performance of its corporate governing bodies (Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Compensation & Nomination Committee) in awards granted by the French Economic and Financial Magazine, Agefi.
The “Corporate Governance Awards” have been attributed annually since 2004 to French companies that distinguish themselves by the quality of their relations with shareholders and investors. One of the objectives of the awards is to encourage the creation of rules for good practice in corporate governance. Companies are nominated on the basis of the results of a survey completed by financial professionals which are then reviewed by a steering committee composed of financial professionals and governance specialists including members of the French Asset Management Association, the French Society of Financial Analysts and minority shareholder associations.
BIC has received two previous nominations (in 2008 for “Governance Dynamics” and in 2009 for “Social Responsibility”) and was this year rewarded for the “Performance of Governing Bodies” and classed second for “Governance Dynamics”. Among the reasons cited for this award was the separation of powers between the Chairman of the Board and the CEO....
Since its launch on YouTube one week ago, the interactive Tipp-Ex® video is revolutionizing the world of advertisement. Just imagine:
-- In less than 5 days, the campaign teaser has been seen more that 4 million in over 200 countries!
-- The campaign has been published by hundreds of blogs, shared more than 120 000 times via Facebook and twitted more than 10 000 times!
-- The campaign has appeared on television, the radio and in press articles (on and off line) where it is described as an “innovation showing Youtube’s future”.
-- Each Internet user:
- Spends, on average, 6 minutes viewing the campaign, whereas the usual average time spent is 2 minutes.
- Makes more than 15 key-word requests during a visit.
- Views more than 19 pages on average.
Tipp-Ex® is a brand of the BIC Group and is the European leader in correction products. The agency BUZZMAN developed this viral campaign available on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ba1BqJ4S2M.
An Italian version will be available as of the 10th of September.
<<<As of today, already 45 million fans have viewed the Tipp-Ex® campaign!>>>
December 2010 at the Cristal Festival: Buzzman agency has won the Grand Cristal of the Festival for the campaign, "A hunter shoots a bear"....
Tipp-Ex®, leader of the European Correction Products market and a brand of the BIC Group, has launched a highly original, interactive campaign on YouTube which is as funny as it is surprising.
For the viral communication, the French agency Buzzman has created a series of face to face encounters between a bear and a hunter, offering the viewers the opportunity to choose the ending they would like to see by changing the title of the video directly on YouTube thanks to the Tipp-Ex® Mini Pocket Mouse Correction tape!
More than 40 different hilarious endings can thus be discovered. The campaign is logically signed: “Tipp-Ex®, White and rewrite”.
The videos were launched on YouTube UK on September 2nd and will be launched on YouTube Italy on September 10th....
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As of April 2010, BIC® shaver users will be able to recycle their shavers by sending them back to BIC!
The process is simple: consumers buy their BIC® shavers, use them, order a prepaid envelope on a dedicated website www.bicrecycle.com and send their used shavers back to BIC for free. The BIC Group will have them recycled and turned into washing machine parts! A real commitment to responsible consumption.
Speaking about the operation, Marie Saglio, BIC France’s General Director, stated “BIC has always promoted long-lasting products- about 10 shaving days per shaver- and the use of a minimum amount of raw materials for both products and packaging. With this recycling operation launched in France, BIC goes further and confirms its will to commit to innovative environmental solutions”.
A precursor in the area, the Group, which manufactures all its shavers in its own plants located in France, Greece and Brazil, implemented in 2004 a sustainable development program in order to reduce its environmental impacts and strengthen its social commitment through quantified objectives. In 2009, BIC also launched the 3-Blade shaver BIC® EcolutionsTM, the first shaver made from bioplastic, a form of plastic derived from renewable biomass sources.
Beyond the environmental perspective, this recycling initiative offered by BIC will take an economic and social dimension through the mobilization of reinsertion centers for disabled workers as well as a small French company specialized in recycling.
Shaver collection and recycling will start in France in April 2010.
The launch of the operation will be accompanied by in-store communication and relayed on a dedicated website www.bicrecycle.com in order to raise public awareness on the collection and recycling....
J1 Lighter features in “Shaping Modernity” Exposition at MOMA
The BIC® J1 lighter is currently on view in the exhibition "Shaping Modernity : Design 1880-1980" in the Philipp Johnson Architecture and Design Gallery of The Museum of Modern Art of New York (MOMA).
This is a great honor for BIC Lighter and recognition of its distinctive form.
Note: Since February 2005 the BIC J1 Lighter has featured in the MOMA Department of Architecture and Design. The BIC® Cristal® pen is also part of the MOMA permanent collection.
FANatic … about the new BIC® iPhone application!
Just a few days after its launch on iTunes, the “My BIC® lighter” application for iPhone and iPod Touch has already been downloaded by more than 320 000 fans.
Representing the iconic BIC® lighter, this application is fast becoming the accessory concert-goers can’t get away from whether they are fans of Rock, pop or folk.
Slide the clicking wheel of the virtual lighter and you’ll hear the grating of the flint as the flame appears. Hold it up high, scream the name of your idol, the flame will come alive and move with you. Press again on the pusher and the flame is extinguished. Simple like BIC® !
Don’t wait any longer and download “My BIC® lighter” for free on the iTunes App Store (link below).
Relight your musical passion with BIC!...
From gas cookers to birthday cake candles, from chimneys to barbecues, there are many lighting needs in the home today. Do you have a unique product that would answer each of these needs?
BIC®, the number one branded pocket lighter manufacturer in the world, is launching BIC® Megalighter™, a new generation of multi-purpose lighters, ideal for everyday use.
The BIC® Megalighter™ offers many benefits including a curvier body shape for comfortable handling, a retractable hook for easy storage and a visible gas level. In addition, this compact and trendy product provides 750 lights under normal conditions of use.
This elegant new BIC® Megalighter™ is available in two colours: a trendy version in light green & silver, and a more classic one in black & silver. Both men and women will benefit from using it indoors and outdoors!
The new BIC® Megalighter™ is available at a recommended retail selling price of 3.80 euros.
About BIC : Before leaving the factory each manufactured lighter undergoes every day over 50 individual automatic tests which guarantee reliability, security and greater comfort.BIC, is the world leader in lighter products and sells more than 5 million lighters each day....
BIC is the first manufacturer of writing instruments to receive the French NF Environnement (NF 400) eco-label for seven of its products
The BIC Group is the first manufacturer to receive the French NF 400 Writing Instruments eco-label for seven of its products, including the BIC® Orange ball-point pen (fine point 0.8mm) and the BIC® Evolution 650 graphite pencil. The NF Environnement label is the official French ecological certification.
"We are extremely proud to have received the NF Environnement label for these products. It recognizes the core philosophy of our business -- offering products that are developed with the minimum amount of raw materials yet that have a long-lasting usage," said Mario Guevara, Chief Executive Officer of the BIC Group.
The NF Environnement label is delivered by the French national organization for standardization, AFNOR (Association française de Normalisation). It is awarded to products that have less impact on the environment yet maintain an equivalent performance. To obtain this certification, products must comply with criteria based on their ecological qualities and the product utility. These criteria assess the reduction of the environmental impacts (energy consumption, industrial by-products, air and water pollution, etc.) of the product throughout its entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to the end of the product’s life.
BIC® products obtained this eco-label mainly as a result of the company's limited use of raw materials, the use of recycled materials, the long-lasting performance of its writing instruments, and the resistance of its leads.
First launched in 1965, the BIC® Orange fine point (0.8mm) weighs only 4.78g (without the ink) and writes for 2.4 km (1.5 miles). The BIC® Evolution 650 graphite pencil, which has been on the market since 1994, is made from 57% recycled material.
Using products that carry the NF Environnement label help consumers to develop ecologically responsible behavior and reduce the negative impact of products on the environment. Moreover, it allows state institutions to conform to the requirements set out in the Grenelle Environnement agreements that require them to convert to environmentally responsible purchases by 2012.
The BIC Group is committed to a global approach in sustainable development based on continuous improvement. Performance and progress are tracked with a barometer of 10 indicators used by the Group that covers all aspects of sustainable development. BIC is listed on the stock market indexes FTSE4Good Europe, ASPI Eurozone and Ethibel Excellence Europe, which unite the top-performing companies in terms of social and environmental results. BIC is also part of the Carbon Disclosure French Leadership index 2009 (CDLI)....
Two series available in Mini and Mini Electronic sizes.
Visit the site, www.mybiclighter.com to know more....
88,000 BIC® pocket ashtrays were distributed at the Vieilles Charrues music festival in France where a record breaking 230,000 music lovers spent three days from July 16th to July 19th.BIC made the most of the festival to communicate an important message: “BIC is giving you this pocket ashtray free of charge - take clean action!” Fourteen stewards wearing BIC® t-shirts distributed the ashtrays around the site.
The Vieilles Charrues music festival is one of the biggest in Europe and this is the second year that BIC was present. Our brand was given even more visibility thanks to a tent decorated with images of the new BIC® lighters Music series. BIC also organized a prize draw with more than 500 different prizes including BIC® lighters from the Music series, BIC® t-shirts and gift sets.
Positive environmental feedback for the campaign: the BIC® ashtray was well received by festival-goers who understood the message behind the campaign. Following last year’s distribution, the festival organizers confirmed that they had found fewer cigarette butts on the floor. Some festival-goers had even kept their ashtray to use it all year round!...
In a snapshot…• BIC® products are designed on the principle of using the minimum amount of raw material while offering the best quality. • Today, BIC is launching BIC® ecolutions™, a triple-blade shaver delivering up to ten close, smooth, comfortable, and more environmentally friendly shaves*.
• With a bioplastic handle, the result of five years of research, and 100% recycled cardboard packaging, BIC® ecolutions™ takes a step towards a cleaner environment.• BIC® ecolutions™ an environmentally friendly high-performance shaver at an affordable price. (suggested retail price: 3,15€ for four shavers). Available in supermarkets.
In 1975, when Marcel Bich launched his first shaver, he had a specific goal in mind: to make shaving easy and affordable, without compromising quality. Shavers and packaging were designed to make them both as light as possible. His quest to strip away the superfluous was visionary. BIC this was just the start for BIC. Today's new challenge worldwide is to halt the consumption of non-renewable natural resources. Relying on more than half a century's specialist experience in the precision molding of plastic, BIC has been working for several years to develop the best alternative to petroleum-based plastics. The launch of the BIC® ecolutions™, in January 2009, represents the next step forward for BIC.
- Bioplastic handle
- Green colorants of vegetable origin
- Light packaging: maximum function, minimum size
- 100% recycled cardboard
- Ink of vegetable origin
BIC® ecolutions™, BIC's first shaver with a bioplastic handle,for more ecological, high-performance shave at a low price.
What is bioplastic?
Bioplastic is a product of a chemical process that changes glucose into plastic. Today, it is made of corn, a renewable resource, but BIC is already looking at potential materials for the future. Research is underway to produce the next generation of bioplastic, to be produced from the non-edible parts of plants and vegetables.
Any changes in performance?
No compromise on quality. BIC® ecolutions™ triple-blade technology provides a close and precise shave while an incorporated lubricating strip with aloe and vitamin E provides optimal comfort. The BIC® ecolutions™ shaver is produced in our European ISO 14001 certified BIC factory.
What about packaging?
BIC® ecolutions™ packaging has been reduced to its minimum size. It is made from 100% recycled cardboard and bio inks from vegetable based pigments.
How about price?
Consumers usually perceive green products as expensive. However, with a suggested retail price of 3,15 € per pack of four shavers, BIC® ecolutions™ remains affordable for everyone.
This is a first step. Research at BIC continues...
*The carbon footprint of the BIC® ecolutionsTM shaver is reduced by 27 percent (from 59 to 43g CO2 - eq) compared to the BIC® 3 Sensitive shaver (Source:EVEA)
For more information and product pictures, visit www.bicecolutions.com...
The BIC® phone is a simple mobile, 100% ready to go. Launched on the 7th of August, it is the result of a partnership between BIC and Orange. Already very well known thanks to the media coverage generated by its launch, the BIC® Phone will further its fame with this poster/Internet publicity campaign as of the 13th of October. It is displayed on billboards and Internet banners all over France:
- 11,000 billboards and posters throughout the entire country
- Internet banners on websites that target potential users of the BIC® phone (general-interest sites, classified ad sites or sites dedicated to expatriates and tourists in France …).
The Vanksen agency has created and developed an entire line of communication tools which promote the image of the BIC® phone: simple, efficient and… cheeky.
On the launch of this publicity campaign, Valérie Ballestra and Vincent Parachini, project managers for the BIC® phone for the BIC Group, state: “The aim of this advertising campaign is to increase the fame of the BIC® phone and to strongly communicate the concept of a 100% ready to go mobile to consumers”.
“For this publicity campaign, Orange has chosen to use BIC®’s graphic identity (tone, colors…) and thus to create a real breakthrough within the mobile telephone universe” adds Laure Jouffre, Orange’s Marketing Director and Damien Rouchouse, Marketing Manager for Prepaid Services.
In addition, the www.bic-phone.fr website will allow Internet users to discover the BIC® phone and its full offer in detail....
n The BIC® phone is ready to go! It comes with 60 free minutes, the battery charged, and the SIM card already in place.n With the BIC® phone, you pay as you go, with a prepaid “mobicarte” refill card. n The BIC® phone is easy to use since it focuses on cell phone basics: sending and receiving calls and SMS. n The BIC® phone pack will be easy to find. It will be sold over the counter, in major supermarkets and local convenience stores (tobacco shops, newsstands, train stations, airports…), and will be available as of the back to school period, at a suggested retail price of €49 including tax. The BIC® phone will be sold in Metropolitan France only.Available in citrus orange and lime green, with innovative packaging, the BIC® phone will appeal to consumers who like easy-to-use and pay as you go products. It also meets specific phoning requirements, serving as a back-up phone if needed (e.g. a second line when advertising the sale of an apartment, a car ... which leaves the main phone line free).The Orange and BIC® partnership brings an original and high-quality offer that is designed for everyone. Orange provides its technical knowledge about telephone and service quality, while simplicity and quality at the right price have been BIC® values for over 50 years. The BIC® phone offer in detail: § The BIC® phone offer includes 60 free minutes, valid for 2 months from the time the phone is activated. § In order to receive all 60 minutes of free time, clients must identify themselves to Orange service agents. § The telephone number, which is included in the pack, is valid for at least 12 months from the time the phone is activated. § The BIC® phone is manufactured by TCL which sells its mobiles under the Alcatel brand. § Suggested retail price: €49 including tax.
Addendum: BIC phone is not a “disposable” phone. It is sold with a rechargeable battery, included in the pack and when your 60 minute credit is over, you can buy more credit with a prepaid “mobicarte....
BIC launches a TV campaign to highlight child resistant requirements on lighters -- This unprecedented TV advertising campaign from BIC will be broadcasted simultaneously in 15 European countries in March 2008, when European regulation (Decisions 2006/502/EC and 2007/231/EC) requires Member States to prevent selling non child resistant lighters to consumers(1).
As required under the new regulation, BIC® lighters are now equipped with a reliable child resistant mechanism that makes them more difficult to operate by children.To support this major change for consumers, BIC will advertise on TV with a 30’ spot that highlights BIC® lighters’ quality.Marie Saglio, Marketing Director Europe at BIC explains: “BIC is the leading lighter brand in Europe and in the world. As such, it is our duty to propose consumers high quality lighters, and as well to remind them that lighters must be kept away from children, even if they are child resistant. The commercial highlights this.” Actually consumers can trust BIC expertise in child resistant lighters: the company has been selling child resistant lighters for 15 years in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where similar legislations have already been enforced.
For over 30 years, BIC has been pursuing its strategy of offering consumers a product they can use daily, safely. Each BIC® lighter undergoes more over 50 individual, automatic tests. All BIC® lighters meet or exceed ISO 9994 international safety standard specifications.
(1) With the exception of lighters that are sold with a 2-year written guarantee, are refillable and can be repaired by an after-sale service based in the European Union....