The basic principle of a lighter is simple, but it’s actually a complex product…
What is your job?
Mauro Jorge Sampaio: I’ve worked at bIC for 15 years. I started as a safety at work technician, then I got my degree as a mechanical engineer and in 2000, I was promoted to production/processes engineer for lighters. bIC gave me the chance to get an Mba, as well as the chance to study spanish and French. I’ve always found lighters interesting. they’re products that seem simple and safe, but it takes high-tech tools to make them. My ﬁ rst job in the morning is to control the volume produced, identify any problems and ﬁ nd solutions together with the team. twice a year, a technician and a team come from France to Manaus to show us the latest technology and share information with us;
it’s an enriching experience and we learn a lot.
tell us about Manaus and about your life outside of Bic.
M. J. S: I came to Manaus when I was nine. this city has all the necessary infrastructure for education and work, but you have to know how to seize opportunities. being isolated is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Going out of Manaus is hard and expensive but then, it’s fairly comfortable living here, its quiet and safe. although Manaus is a big city, it has a small town quality of life.
prodUCtIoN MaNaGer lIGhters
Mauro Jorge Sampaio 37 years old, married, two children
wi th BIC
FavorIte prodUCt BIC® Maxi