The lighter has its origins during the Renaissance. At that time people

carry fire in a kit, in lighter boxes that contain a flint, a fire stone and a

tinder fuse. The end of the 18th century marks the beginning of automatic

lighters with the invention of the mechanism of the spark wheel moving

against the flint. But it s only in 1935 that the Frenchman Henri Pingeot

obtains a patent on the first butane gas lighter.

In 1939, Marcel Quercia buys this patent and launches the manufacturing

of the first gas lighters in the Flamidor factory in Redon (northwest

France). He begins to sell them under the brand name Flaminaire in

1947. In 1962 the first metallic non-refillable gas lighter is invented,

followed in 1964 by a model with a roll-and-press lighting system.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the famous BIC® lighter. BIC has always been

dedicated to providing consumers with everyday products and invented the BIC® lighter

with this in mind. Now this iconic object has conquered the world. Thanks to its quality and

safety, the BIC® lighter has become one of the world s leaders in pocket lighters. A true

success story.

In the early 70s, as he s becoming the world s

biggest ballpoint pen manufacturer, Marcel

Bich takes up a new challenge: he decides to

enter the lighter market to provide consumers

with a reliable, easy and functional way to light

a flame. In 1971 the BIC Company buys the

French lighter manufacturer Flaminaire, esta-

blished in Redon (Brittany, France).

In 1973 the first adjustable-flame BIC® lighter is


Thanks to the quality of its flame, lighting

mechanism and its oval shape, the

BIC® lighter soon became a big success.

From inception

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to conception

6 million BIC® lighters are chosen by consumers everyday all around the world.

The BIC® lighter's shape results from research carried out by experts to provide the best handling. A BIC® Maxi lighter provides 3,000 lights.


Marcel Bich

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