Defence Minister Guto Bebb has officially launched a brand-new production line for the world’s first solid bio-ethanol fuel, FireDragon…

Produced by 164-year-old Cardiff-based survival equipment manufacturers BCB International Ltd, FireDragon is a pioneering new fuel used by British troops in-the-field to heat their combat rations, where regular catering facilities do not exist.

Almost eight million of the tablets have now been supplied to the British Army. Unlike alternative fuel tablets, FireDragon gives off no potentially harmful noxious fumes. It burns cleanly, is non-toxic and is made from sustainable natural ingredients.

The MOD’s contract with the Welsh manufacturer has an estimated value of £3.6 million. The deal reinforces the department’s industrial commitment to companies around the UK, as well as the environment.

Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: “From fighter jets to fuel rations, it is essential that our troops have the best kit possible. FireDragon sees our armed forces benefit from a cleaner, safer and more sustainable fuel source.”

UK Government in Wales Minister Stuart Andrew said: “The opening of this new production line is a vote of confidence in the skills and expertise of its workforce and in the confidence the company has for continued growth in the future.”