Delrin® BIC uses one of the strongest plastics in the world – Delrin®, made by DuPont de Nemours
50 inspections DURING ASSEMBLY.
lighters sold in Europe and tested by Veritas for PROSAFE do not meet the ISO 9994 international safety standards. That can have serious consequences for the user, those close to them and the environment. Some countries in Europe are working hard to put an end to the numerous dangerous lighters on their market.
“Every BIC® lighter undergoes more than 50 separate automatic quality checks, during its assembly,” explains René Frigière, in charge of Quality and Safety for BIC® lighters. Once assembly is completed, the lighting, height, stability and extinction of the flame are controlled using the latest technology, CULTURE UP IN FLAMES digital video cameras and gas, flow, proximity In February 2005 the BIC® J1 Maxi lighter with adjustable and force detectors. “These checks are put flame was made a part of the collection of the Department in place to ensure that 100% of BIC® lighters of Architecture and Design of the Museum of Modern Art of function correctly before they leave the New York (MoMA). In 2010 it was on view at the exhibition factory, guaranteeing maximum security,” “Shaping Modernity: Design 1880-1980” in the Philip René Frigière adds. Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries at the MOMA.
Did you know? About three out of four models of lighters sold in Europe don’t meet the ISO 9994 International Safety Standard, which determines the technical specifications a lighter must meet. In September 2010, BIC lodged a complaint with the European Commission against the Netherlands, accused of not doing enough to control the lighters entering or sold in the Netherlands.