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01/07/2015
BIC, Official Supplier of the Tour de France 2015

In 2015, the BIC® Publicity Caravan will follow the Tour de France from July 4th until the 26th. Traveling across more than 3,340 km of Dutch, Belgian and French roads, BIC will surprise spectators with a school bus or even services such as a Barber Shop for a quick haircut.

 

▌Supplier of a world sporting event

BIC has been an Official Supplier for the Tour de France since 2014, a logical evolution for a historic partner of this cycling competition, now the world 3rd sporting event. Every morning, just before starting the race, each rider will sign in on a giant tablet using the Tour’s official BIC® Cristal® Stylus and BIC® 4 Colours™ Stylus pens all equipped with a soft pad for touchscreen. 

 

▌BIC® in the caravan, over 3,344 kilometers and across 3 countries

 This year, BIC is more than ever willing to show all 12 million spectators a friendly, simple and open minded spirit in order to raise a smile each time they cross the BIC® Caravan’s path during the Tour.Four cars along with an animated truck customized with the colors of the brand will showcase all BIC® products and offer 400,000 goodies along the way.Games, prizes and animations will be handed out in the Schoolbus BIC® area, at the beginning and the end 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. An authentic barber shop located at the Starting Village will offer a quick Tour-style haircut! Let Hervé Boibessot take care of your look, as well as being a former amateur cyclist, GQ has named him among the 10 best barbers in France.  

 

 

The BIC® caravan: history on wheels…

BIC is a historical partner of the Tour de France. First in 1952, 1953, 1955, then 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, Luis Ocaña. BIC returned to the Publicity Caravan in 2011, in 2012 and 2013 as Official Supporter and in 2014 as Official Supplier.

 

 

Contacts

 BIC  +33 1 45 19 51 51 Albane de La Tour d’Artaise albane.delatourdartaise@bicworld.com

Press, IMAGE 7 : +33 1 53 70 74 21 Véronique Charret-Girard vgirard@image7.fr

 

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30/10/2014
1944-2014: 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIC GROUP

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.

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