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OUR HERITAGE, YOUR PASSION

Our history timeline presents how BIC grew from humble beginnings to the iconic brand we are today. Passionate about being part of the daily lives of millions of consumers, BIC continues to make simple, inventive and reliable products for everyone, everywhere.

Letter from Marcel BICH to shareholders announcing BIC listing on the Paris Stock Exchange

1972

Listing on the stock exchange

BIC is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. Marcel Bich writes a letter to Société BIC shareholders in which he explains his business philosophy.

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French ad for BIC pocket lighter showing a hand lighting a small blue lighter

1973

BIC diversifies its product portfolio with the pocket lighter

After acquiring Flaminaire, a French manufacturer of high-quality lighters the year prior, BIC launches the first BIC® full-size pocket lighter with an adjustable flame. Its reliability and quality make it an immediate success.

image of a BIC factory

1973

BIC in Mexico

BIC begins manufacturing and distributing products in the Mexican market. 

White old BIC razor

1975

Launch of the first one-piece razor

After partnering with Violex, a greek manufacturer of razor blades, BIC is the first brand to launch a one-piece razor.

Conte logo since 1795

1979

BIC adds Conté® to its portfolio

BIC acquires Conté®, a famous 200-year-old French brand of drawing and coloring products.

Ad for BIC Marine showing four windsurf boards on water

1981

The Group diversifies into the leisure industry

BIC acquires Tabur Marine and begins manufacturing and selling water sports products, shortly afterwards under the BIC Sport brand. 

video showing timeline, portraits, pen tip, BIC boy
YOUTUBE
BIC ON BFM BUSINESS TV
LEARN MORE Learn more about the BIC Group by watching a segment originally broadcast on French TV station BFM Business.
winner holding his prize
NEWSROOM
BIC'S FIRST CONTEMPORARY DESIGN PRIZE
LEARN MORE BIC issued its first contemporary design prize with ENSAPC, France.
infinity symbol made of pens
YOUTUBE
BIC® CRISTAL® UP
LEARN MORE Take a look at recent BIC® advertising from Brazil!
silver balloons
INSTAGRAM
BIC IN PICTURES
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pen and drawing of a magician hat on a stool
YOUTUBE
BIC® CRISTAL® Ultra Fine
LEARN MORE Take a look at our Nigeria ad campaign.
shaver, pen and lighter on a green background
OUR COMMITMENTS
WE BELIEVE IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE
LEARN MORE And we know the approach we take to making our products matters.