Personal survival and protective equipment

BCB International Ltd

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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BCB International Ltd
Lamby Industrial Park
CF3 2EX, Cardiff
United Kingdom

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