Cardiff-based BCB International who manufacture FireDragon fuel tablets and gel from ethanol have now turned their plant over to producing Hand Sanitisers, reports Bob Morrison.
Yesterday afternoon, on spotting that Dr. Brown’s Hand Sanitiser was now being offered on the company website, we contacted BCB for more details.
As many readers will be aware, in addition to supplying the Defence & Security sectors with specialist products, BCB also produces the revolutionary FireDragon cooking fuel currently used by UK Forces and ordered by at least one other NATO nation. The company is, and long has been, heavily involved in the Medical Supplies field. Indeed the initials BCB originate from Doctor Brown’s Cough Bottle, a medicinal linctus invented in 1854 which was shipped out to British troops during the Crimean War, and according to the company, ‘Dr Brown’ has now been “called back to do his duty for the community / country during this COVID-19 crisis.
Last night a company spokesperson told JOINT-FORCES.com: “In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, we decided to convert our machinery at our FireDragon fuel factory in West Wales to produce much-needed hand sanitisers. We are now working round the clock to keep up with the demand.”
This morning BCB International’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, said: “Several weeks ago, when I saw the Coronavirus was sweeping through the globe, I decided to act.
“For the last five years we have been producing a solid fuel tablet made from bio-ethanol used by British Troops to warm their rations and heat their drinks. The fuel has anti-bacterial properties, so we decided to develop a hand sanitiser gel variant.
“Since launching production, the demand for our Dr. Brown’s hand sanitisers has rocketed. The UK’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Our Dr. Brown’s hand sanitiser packs 80% of alcohol and an independent virucidal test conducted to the BS EN 14476:2013+A2:2019 standard shows it is effective against Coronavirus and influenza.”
At the moment the bulk of sanitiser production is earmarked for the Medical and Care professions and as a result there is a two to three week lead time on orders, but once official procurement requests have been fulfilled Dr Brown’s Sanitiser should become available for individual purchase in 50ml, 250ml, 400ml and 500ml bottles. For more, and to see other products with COVID-19 relevance available for online ordering from BCB, click on the banner below.
Dr Brown’s Sanitiser Key Features:-
- Over 80% alcohol denat.
- Quick Drying
- Highly Concentrated
- Thick formula = Lasting protection
- Quick and easy to use
- A small amount goes a long way
- Kills viruses and bacteria
- Helps stop the spread of germs
- Protects against the spread of infection
In the current situation it is possibly worth reminding military and outdoor enthusiast readers that FireDragon fuel tablets also work as an effective hand sanitiser. See FireDragon Fuel Passes Hand Sanitiser Tests.
Editor’s Footnote: As confirmation of their claims BCB has sent us a copy of the Virucidal Certificate issued by an independent UK test laboratory, following recent BS EN 14476 evaluations, confirming that Dr. Brown’s Hand Sanitiser proved effective against both Influenza and Coronavirus.
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