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pens lighters shavers


BIC is a family-owned company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and a world leader in stationery, lighters, shavers. For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive and reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every time.

  • Year started: 1950
  • In: France
  • Ranking: #2 worldwide for Stationery / #1 worldwide for branded pocket Lighters / #2 in Europe, U.S., Brazil for non-refillable shaver market (in volume)
documents being corrected with Wite-Out


Wite-Out® is an American brand of correction products, originally created in the USA by George Kloosterhouse. Since aquiring the company nearly 25 years ago, the BIC® brand Wite-Out® has increased its product range to meet correction needs at home, in the office and at school to include fluid and correction tapes.

  • Year started: 1966
  • In: USA
  • Year acquired by BIC: 1992
  • Countries where sold: USA
couple on the beach with a canoe-kayak


Marcel Bich, believing in the future success of windsurfing, launched BIC Sport and began to manufacture windsurfing boards. A world leader in windsurfing for more than 20 years, BIC Sport has diversified its product line to include surf boards, kayaks, children's sailing dinghies and  also offers a wide range of Stand Up Paddle boards.

  • Year started: 1979
  • In: France
pencils and a drawing


A French color and drawing supply brand renowned since 1794, Conté® has been part of the BIC Group since 1979. Nicolas-Jacques Conté, a French scientist, originally invented the "modern" pencil lead that allowed for the use of less graphite and also brought a variation to the hardness of the lead. These high-quality art instruments allow artists the precision they need to express themselves. 

  • Year started: 1795
  • In: France
  • Year acquired by BIC: 1979