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(1) 1940: Fernand Petzl in the Dent de Crolles, France (2) 1970: Fernand Petzl in his workshop (3) The Petzl product signature
Petzl: a name, its values The Petzl brand on a product has always represented the commitment of the Petzl family to produce the best tools for its users. The adventure began with Fernand Petzl s passion for caving, a passion to which he dedicated his talents as a craftsman. Petzl expertise began to grow with the design and crafting of solutions for ascending, descending, belaying and moving about in the dark. In 1970, the first "Fernand Petzl" brand products were produced in a workshop in Saint-Nazaire-Les-Eymes, Isère, France. The Petzl company was created in 1975 and has grown into an international company that now employs over 800 people. Since its beginnings, it has preserved its family legacy and values: remaining independent and in control of its own decisions, developing a long-term vision, prioritizing people above all, and embracing its commitment to quality. Today, a family council, with Paul Petzl as president, ensures the continuity of the company.
Petzl s mission is to create innovative tools and services that allow people to progress, position, and protect themselves in vertical environments, as well as to light their way in the dark. We continually look for the best solutions for user needs in terms of performance, ergonomics, comfort, and reliability. The demands and the commitment of users are what guide our approach to supporting them in their pursuit of the inaccessible. We have stood by their side for over 50 years.
Petzl: a family s passion