Paris, Eurosatory exhibition, June 13, 2012
During the Eurosatory 2012 international defense show and exhibition, General Bertrand Ract-Madoux, French army Chief of Staff, awarded the 39th IGA (Ingénieur Général de l'Armement) Chanson prize to teams from Sagem (Safran group), the CEA's Liten lab and the company Bic, for their work on a fuel cell for the FELIN program (1), under a basic research contract from French defense procurement agency DGA.
Developed by the three partners, this portable energy source will replace FELIN's lithium-ion batteries, reducing the weight carried by infantry soldiers. The fuel cell technology they developed supplies specific energy density of about 300 Wh/kg, a three-fold increase over current batteries.
The Liten lab, part of French atomic energy commission CEA, contributes its expertise in fuel cells, while Bic offers its know-how in miniaturized energy storage devices for the consumer market.
As prime contractor for the FELIN program, Sagem is the designer of its energy system, and for this project it is responsible for the fuel cell electronic control and management circuit.
The technological breakthrough by the three partners will help meet the energy challenge faced by today's infantry units, which now make widespread use of electronic devices. The FELIN system for infantry soldiers already contributes to this goal because of its architecture based on a sole energy source and optimized energy management, which facilitates the integration of this new fuel cell.
The fuel cell is based on PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) technology. It uses gaseous hydrogen as a fuel, produced from sodium borohydride and water in a disposable cartridge, producing 120 Wh for a weight of 300 grams. Once used it can quickly be replaced, with a buffer battery providing electricity during the transition.
Sodium borohydride is a moderately priced substance that offers significant advantages over the methanol used today, in terms of handling, safety and environmental protection. Furthermore, the fuel cell becomes more advantageous the longer it has to be used autonomously, because soldiers only need to carry extra cartridges. Several prototypes have already been successfully tested, including in field trials, and deliver average power of 12 watts, compatible with the FELIN system's needs.
Furthermore, this new technology could also meet requirements for portable optronics, radios, mini-robots, drones and remote sensors, and help spur the emergence of a new industry based on a dual-use (civil-military) technology.
(1) FELIN is an integrated equipment suite for the French soldier modernization program, which provides for the delivery of 22,600 systems to the French army. It has been in service with the army since September 2010, and was deployed in Afghanistan starting in December 2011....
After a strong return to the Publicity Caravan in 2011, BIC is back in 2012 as the OFFICIAL SUPPORTER of the 99th Tour de France.
For the first time BIC® is the official pen, lighter, and shaver of the Tour de France. From 30th June to 22nd July 2012, with a crowd of 12 million Tour de France spectators, BIC will have a series of activities and events during the most prestigious cycling event in the world. These will consist of:
- An electric vehicle and the BIC® mascot at the finish line,
- Four cars and a flatbed truck with a sound system, customized with the colors of the brand and presenting new BIC® products,
- Distribution of more than 400 000 goodies all along the course as well as flyers, inviting people to discover the back-to-school “ECONOBIC” plan which has been put in place in shops,
- Distribution of pens to the public in the starting village, especially around the riders’ signature podium.
BIC is extending this partnership to stores (supermarkets and trade stores) by awarding BIC themed gifts between 1st May and 31st July (BIC/Tour de France mountain bikes, vintage jerseys from the former BIC cycling team, and Tour de France backpacks).
Two symbols of French heritage united
A popular and friendly gathering par excellence, the Tour de France shares values that the BIC® brand has offered to its consumers for over 60 years. This mutual commitment has lasted a long time. Since its creation in the 50s, the French brand has travelled the roads of France at the heart of the Publicity Caravan. From 1967 to 1974, it was also involved in the race with its own team of professional road cyclists; its iconic riders Jacques Anquetil, Lucien Aimar, Luis Ocana, Jan Janssen, etc., all showcased their talent during such prestigious races as the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia .
The BIC® Evolution™ pencil celebrates its birthday on the Tour
On Tuesday 3rd July 2012, the Publicity Caravan and riders still in the competition will travel the 197km between Orchies and Boulogne-sur-Mer. They will pass the BIC factory in the village of Samer (62) where millions of BIC® Evolution™ graphite and coloring pencils are made every day. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 20th birthday of this iconic pencil, which is made with over 50% recycled materials....
Tipp-Ex®, leader of the European Correction Products Market and a brand of the BIC Group, is back with an interactive campaign on YouTube as funny and surprising as Season 1!
Launched in September 2010, the first season of the adventures of the Hunter & the Bear, “A hunter shoots a bear” was viewed time after time and generated more than 50 Million views on YouTube. The campaign has become a legend! It was rewarded with more than 20 international awards and definitively left its mark on the advertising world.
In the first season, viewers were invited to White and Rewrite THE STORY… For the second season, it’s now time to White and Rewrite HISTORY!
The BUZZMAN agency, also creators of Season 1, has developed a new series of 46 funny films where the Hunter & the Bear are celebrating their birthday party at different dates in history! It is visitors to the YouTube page that change the date after deleting the current date, 2012 (the end of the world!), with a Tipp-Ex® Mini Pocket Mouse Correction Tape. Some of the films also offer incredible interactive animations – you just have to find them!
Click on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQtai7HMbuQ to discover the introductory video to the campaign available online from today, 12 April 2012, and continue the experience onhttp://www.youtube.com/user/Tippexperience.
Fans of the two stars may also unite on a dedicated facebook page where they can discover films they might have missed and discover other great promotions from the Tipp-Ex® brand.
Download the Press release in PDF format (PDF icon top right)....
January 2012 - The French advertising agency, TOY, has created a series of eight posters starring the BIC® 4 Colours™ pen to illustrate different school subjects.
The agency, Image Republic, decided to make the series available to the public through their website and certain points of sale.The posters can be seen and ordered via the website : http://www.image-republic.com...
February 2012 - Since the month of May 2011, the BIC Group has become a partner of CARE in its “Rural Sales Program” that enables women in Bangladesh to overcome poverty by developing their professional activity.
An innovative project in partnership with CARE
CARE’s “Rural Sales Program” has been in place since 2004. It assists women who are among the poorest, the Aparajitas (“those who never give up”), to develop their own activity by selling articles door-to-door in remote rural areas. Since the partnership between BIC and CARE was signed in May 2011, these women include BIC® shavers in their baskets. To support them, the local BIC distributor and CARE teams provide training in sales and demonstrate the specific features of the products and shaving practices.
Sustainable solutions to fight against poverty
To promote this form of entrepreneurship, BIC and CARE offer these women an appropriate and sustainable solution by providing them with the means to escape poverty and social isolation, and in this way to give them a sense of pride and a new role to play in their community. Today, this program includes 900 businesswomen and their families. This new distribution method allows the inhabitants of isolated villages to have access to simple, good-quality and inexpensive products.
As Edgar Hernandez, General Manager for Developing Markets of the BIC Group, points out, “Thanks to CARE’s Rural Sales Program in Bangladesh, we believe we can provide concrete and lasting solutions to the populations that need them. For BIC, it is also an opportunity to test a new approach to distribution in these countries, and to acquire a better understanding of the expectations of their inhabitants.”
Philippe Lévèque, Executive Director from CARE France, adds, “This innovative partnership with companies such as BIC enables us to experiment with new ways of reducing poverty. This distribution program, which places emphasis on the social impact it can have among some of the poorest women in Bangladesh, also permits CARE to involve private players outside traditional sponsorship and to learn from their expertise for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations.”
To know more about the BIC Care program: YouTube (link in the orange area)
Download the Press release in PDF format (PDF icon top right)....
Design On Fire! This is not an Urban Legend…
Become the new designer of the next BIC collection and be sold all over Europe!
For the very first time, BIC launches a new contest giving the opportunity to art lovers to design the future BIC lighter collection.
Whether you are anonymous, famous artists or lighter lovers, take part into this design contest, try to win 2000€ and design the future BIC collection produced at 1.000.000 pieces through Europe.
For the first 2012 edition of this contest, famous street artists gave their names to these series: Nasty and Speedy Graphito. Both artists are renowned as pioneers of the Street art movement and are considered nowadays as icons.
Want to compare with them? Take part into the biggest European “lighter design battle” ever organized and express your creativity from January 26th until March 26th 2012 on www.mybiclighter.com website and on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/designonfire !
The winner will be the one who will convince not only the final jury through the originality and the creativity of his design, but also the one who will conquest social networks by sharing his creation and getting a maximum of votes.
It’s time to show your talent! It is time to “Design on Fire”!...
25 octobre 2011— On October the 14h, 2011, BIC was awarded the “Gold medal” at the annual “Grand Prix Actions” (Stock Awards) organized every year since 2009 by “Mieux Vivre votre Argent” (one of France’s most popular magazines dedicated to active individual shareholders).
These prizes are awarded on the basis of 3 criteria:
- The performance of the stock over the past 3 years,
- The company’s level of commitment to social responsibility,
- The “shareholder friendliness” of the company.
The silver medal was awarded to EADS (aerospace and defence) and the bronze to SEB (household appliances)....
06 October 2011 - BIC won first prize for Business Sector Transparency (the most transparent consumer goods company). This sector includes large French listed companies such as Danone, Essilor, L’Oréal, LVMH, Michelin, Pernod Ricard, Peugeot, Renault, Sanofi, Hermès, SEB and Valeo.
This prize was already awarded to BIC last year, as well the “Grand Prix” for all categories. This year, the “Grand Prix” was given to Rhodia (chemicals) but BIC ranks N°2 in front of TF1 (TV and media).
The objective of these “Grands Prix” is to enhance Regulated Information Best Practices and to assess listed companies’ efforts in the financial transparency field on an annual basis.
An independent Scientific Transparency Committee including representatives of the regulated information field in France (Financial Market Authority, French Society of Financial Analysts, French Asset Management Association, French Institute of Directors, Association for the Promotion of Individual Shareholders, Individual Investors Investment Club Association, Minority Shareholder Association, French Institute of Directors, Club Finance HEC) reviewed 85 ranking criteria aimed at gauging the transparency of sources of information:
- Reference document
- Half-Yearly Financial Report
- Quarterly information