About Us

Who We Are


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


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BCB International Covid-19 Banner Protecting the Protectors



BCB International Covid-19 Banner Protecting the Protectors
BCB International Covid-19 Banner Protecting the Protectors


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.

Meet the Team




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.



High Sheriff of South Glamorgan


Our Managing Director Andrew Rhys Howell is acting High Sheriff of South Glamorgan



Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Andrew Howell's Declaration Ceremony was postponed, as are his public duties.
However, on 18/03/2020 Andrew took the oath in front of His Honour Judge Twomlow and Magistrate Jeff Edwards JP, and was declared as South Glamorgan's High Sheriff 2020.
During these troubling times, Andrew is working on ensuring our incredible NHS, police force and emergency services are kept safe and to help protect them.

Please see the below message:


For more information visit:

https://www.highsheriffsouthglamorgan.com/

What We Do


For over 160 years, BCB International has built up knowledge and expertise in developing life-saving equipment for the frontline services. Our facility has held a MHRA GMP license for over 30 years, with a heritage of working with the UK government department and military, as well as exporting almost 40% of our products.

Our longstanding and loyal workforce have a wealth of experience in contract manufacturing, supply chain operations, testing and product development. These skills along with our innovation and passion guarantees consistency, quality and safety.

We’ve devoted our time, resources and investment into applying this knowledge when manufacturing hand sanitiser to help with the COVID-19 epidemic. We are currently supply to the Welsh and English NHS, British police forces and many others.

BCB International Covid-19 Banner Protecting the Protectors


Our mission is to protect the protectors and help save lives.
We won’t let you down.

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

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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’.

BCB International Covid-19 Banner Protecting the Protectors
BCB International Covid-19 Banner Protecting the Protectors


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.

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