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BIC - Official Supporter of the 100th Tour de France

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                                 

BIC, in collaboration with Intel, is launching in France...

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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