For over 160 years BCB International have been designing, manufacturing and supplying personal survival and protective equipment.
From the barren Falkands and the rocky terrain of Afghanistan to the searing heat of Mali, BCB's products
have been operationally proven.
It started with a cough…more
In 1854, a Dr Brown came up with a cough medicine and shipped some off to British troops suffering in the trenches in the Crimean war.
60 years later, Dr Brown’s Cough Bottle gave the initials for a registered company, BCB.
Taken over by a local Cardiff chemist Deryck Howell in 1949,
BCB remains a Howell family run firm to this day.
Wave of Fortune
A lucky encounter in the 1950s with British Defence Officials resulted in BCB designing
for the world’s first life raft survival kit.
It cemented the company’s driving force CANEI: Continuous and Never Ending Innovation and sparked an
impressive array of novel products including: shark repellent, ballistic protective underwear dubbed ‘Blast Boxers’ and
an all-weather rations heating and barbecue cooking fuel called ‘FireDragon’.
Royal seal of approval
BCB’s expertise and excellence have been recognised through two prestigious
Queen Awards for Export Achievement and Numerous technology and Industry awards.less
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