History of the British Calcium Carbonates Federation
The BCCF – a history stretching back more than 100 years.
The British Calcium Carbonates Federation (BCCF) has its roots in the British Whiting Federation (BWF) which was formed in 1943 by the amalgamation of the Northern Region and Southern Region Whiting Associations. The BWF was initially supported by 34 member companies and represented 90% of all whiting producers in existence at that time.
Chalk quarry, Cambridgeshire
The merger of the Northern and Southern region trade associations was encouraged by the Government of the day who wanted to deal with a single industry body representing the whiting industry as a whole. Their interest was a result of health concerns caused by an outbreak of rickets in Dublin in 1940 after which it was decided that Calcium ("Chalk") should be added to British wartime bread. In 1943 the Calcium Flour Order was passed making the addition of chalk (Creta praeparata) a mandatory flour additive - an order that is still in force today.
1940-1960's – BWF Research Council opens up new markets
The British Whiting Federation founded a Research Council in 1947 to boost the competitiveness of the chalk industry after the war. A research institute was founded in Welwyn, with the support of the British Government, and a team of more then 20 scientists were exclusively concerned with developing applications for chalk in different industries. The production of glazing putty on a scientific basis was initially developed at this site.
With the backing of extensive research, whiting was able to assert itself on the British filler market. Companies increasingly turned to British chalk as a filler, be it in the wallpaper and linoleum industries, rubber factories or in the production of paints and sealants. British whiting producers were even able to export significant quantities of chalk to the USA.
The BCCF – a recognition of the importance of all forms of calcium carbonate
The BWF became the British Calcium Carbonates Federation (BCCF) in 1989 as the membership was widened to include producers and suppliers of limestone, dolomite, marble and precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC). This move was in recognition of the fact other forms of calcium carbonate had become as important as whiting in the industrial fillers market during the 1970's and 80's.
Today the BCCF has 9 member companies supplying over 3.5million tonnes of all types of calcium carbonate for a wide variety of industrial applications including adhesives & sealants, animal feeds, coatings, environmental uses, food, glass, paper, pharmaceuticals, personal care, plastics, rubber,..and many others.
Promoting the benefits that calcium carbonate brings to everyday life