Who we are

For over 160 years, BCB International has built up unique knowledge and expertise in developing life-saving and protective equipment for those operating hundreds and thousands of miles away, often in challenging environments.

BCB is a manufacturer of life-saving specialist equipment. If your challenges are expeditionary or asymmetric warfare, peace keeping operations or security, rely on us (as many have before) so you can carry out your mission as safely and effectively as possible.

We look forward to working with you and helping you solve your equipment needs in this rapidly changing and seemingly ever more dangerous world we live in.

What we do

BCB’s continuous and never-ending innovation policy (CANEI) has resulted in hundreds of quality innovative products, many of which were and continue to be developed in partnership with those who travel to the extremes.

  • Continuous and never-ending innovation
  • Diverse expertise
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Collaborative university and business partnership

Numbers Don’t Lie

2600Clients
25YearsUN Registered
1MPounds R&D Investment
200+NATO Approvals
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Talents Behind Our Success

Andrew Howell CEO of BCB International Ltd.
CEO

Andrew Howell

UK Sales Manager jrix@bcbin.com

John Rix

EU Sales Manager dh@bcbin.com

Daisy Hoek

Marine & Military Contractor pjones@bcbin.com

Phil Jones

International Sales Manager bs@bcbin.com

Ben Simmons

Marketing Manager - pm@bcbin.com

Philippe Minchin

Business Development Manager pa@bcbin.com

Paul Ames

Purchasing Manager ahaddadi@bcbin.com

Adnan Haddadi

Marine Sales Manager sk@bcbin.com

Stefanie Frieze-Davies

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Our History

For over 160 years, BCB International have been designing, manufacturing and supplying personal Survival and protective equipment used by Soldiers, seafarers and adventures worldwide!

It started with a cough…

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.

 

2013

FireDragon

FireDragon - Eco friendly cooking fuel was launched. 

1988

Queen's Award

1988 - Winner of first Queen Award for Export Achievement

1975

Everest

Supply of all medical equipment to the first successful expedition to the South West face of Everest. 

1950

MOD

First supply to the British Ministry Of Defence. Brown's Cough
Bottle Pastilles were made.

1940

Medical Kits

First ever medical kit for life boats and rafts were designed and manufactured by BCB.

1914

Medical Company

BCB Ltd. wasestablished as
a medical company, named after Brown's Cough Bottle.

1854

Founded

Dr Brown invented Browns Cough Bottle (BCB) for the British troops in the Crimean War.

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    For over 160 years, BCB International has built up unique knowledge and expertise in developing life-saving and protective equipment for those operating hundreds and thousands of miles away, often in challenging environments.

    ADDRESS

    Howell House, Lamby Industrial Park, Cardiff, UK, CF3 2EX

    PHONE

    +44 (0) 2920 433700

    EMAIL

    info@bcbin.com

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