1945

Marcel Bich & Edouard Buffard
Marcel Bich (1914-1994)
and his partner Edouard
Buffard (1908-1996)
manufactured fountain
pen and mechanical
pencil parts in Clichy
(France)

1950

BIC Cristal
Marcel Bich launches BIC Cristal ballpoint pen in France. BIC is a shortened version
of his own name

1954

Italia
BIC's entry into the Italian market

1956

Brazil
BIC's entry into the Brazilian market

1957

UK, Oceania, South Africa
BIC's entry into United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa by
acquiring
Biro Swan (UK)

1958

USA
BIC's entry into the U.S. market by acquiring Waterman Pen

1959

Scandinavia
BIC's entry into the Scandinavian market

1960

Middle East and Africa
BIC's expansion in Africa and the Middle East began in the early 60's

1965

Japan and Mexico
BIC's entry into the Japanese market and the Mexican market

1969

Bic Graphic
Creation of BIC Graphic
(printed products)

1972

BIC Share listing
BIC's entry into the Paris Stock Exchange

1973

BIC Lighter
Launching of the BIC lighter

1975

BIC Shaver
Launching of the BIC shaver

1979

Coloring and Drawing
BIC enters coloring and drawing market by acquiring Cont辿 (France)

1979

BIC Sport
BIC enters water sport
market by acquiring Tabur
marine,which becomes
BIC Sport in 1985

1992

Wite-Out
BIC enters correction market by acquiring Wite-Out Products
Inc. (USA)

1995

Eastern Europe
BIC's expansion into the
Central and Eastern European market

1997

Asia
BIC's expansion into the
Asian market

1997

Tipp-Ex
BIC's entry into the European correction market with
acquisition of Tipp-Ex GmbH (Germany)

2004

Stypen
BIC's entry into the school fountain pen market with acquisition of Stypen SA
(France)

2006

Pimaco
BIC's entry into the adhesive label market with acquisition of Pimaco Autoadesivos Ltda (Brazil)

2006

Turkey
BIC opens a subsidiary in Turkey

2007

Atchison Products
BIC Graphic's expansion into the promotional bag market with acquisition of Atchison Products, Inc. (USA)

2008

BIC Phone
Launching of the BIC phone in France

2009

Antalis Promotional Products
BIC's expansion into the European promotional product market with acquisition of Antalis Promotional Products (Europe)

2009

India
Partnership with Cello Pens (India)

2009

Hungary
BIC opens a subsidiary in Hungary

2009

Norwood Promotional Products
BIC USA acquires Norwood Promotional Products, the 2nd largest supplier of non-apparel promotional products in the USA

2011

Fuel Cell
BIC Canada acquires Angstrom Power Incorporated, a company specializing in the development of portable fuel cells

2012

BIC速 Education
Launching of BIC速 Education in France, a digital educational solution for primary school teachers and their students
To be continued