For more than 160 years, BCB International has developed life-saving and protective equipment for British defence personnel, mariners and adventure seekers.

Today, the company has switched productions, which would normally produce its solidified bio-ethanol fuel products, to the creation of high strength alcohol hand sanitiser.

In a nod to the company’s founding father, Dr Brown’s Hand Sanitiser is named after Dr John Collis Browne, who originally created the cough syrup for troops serving in the Crimean war.

In addition to donating hand sanitiser and PPE equipment to emergency responders and community groups, BCB International has supplied NHS Wales with more than 250,000 liters of hand sanitiser since it first placed an offer to supply Wales’ health services via Life Sciences Hub Wales.  

As well as sanitiser products, the company has submitted offers to supply NHS Wales with additional PPE equipment such as gowns, gloves, masks and shields. The manufacturer has also created portable carry packs containing protective equipment that can be carried by first responders, police and those working to serve communities across Wales.

BCB International managing director Andrew Howell said: “To quote Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” This virus is very clever, and we need to adapt quickly to it to survive. Speed and innovation is everything.”

The offers made by BCB International are an example of the numbers of Welsh manufacturers who have responded to the call to support NHS Wales and BCB International is a great example of both the legacy of innovation that exists in Wales and the desire of businesses to assist in the national effort.