"Petzl - At the forefront of height safety equipment development"
Petzl was started by Fernand Petzl, a caver looking for new solutions to difficulties encountered by vertical and/or dark terrain. Fernand Petzl spent his life experimenting with vertical progression techniques. By 1943 he had devised the first rope-access solutions for caving, relying on nylon ropes instead of conventional ladders. In 1968 he produced the first descenders and ascenders which his son Paul Petzl would later (early 1980’s) apply to climbing and mountaineering. After the success of the products they decided to develop them further for work at height, rescue and confined space access.
Petzl are committed to continuous improvement of their products, customer feedback providing a key element to product development. For over 30 years, Petzl have been designing and distributing equipment with a commitment to producing the best products for progression on vertical and/or dark terrain with optimum efficiency, freedom and safety.
Petzl have taken their improvement process right through the entire approach to equipment development. Information relating to products has never been in such abundance, with Petzl’s drive to supply excellent user instructions and after sales service keeping them clearly ahead of other manufacturers.
With over distributors of Petzl products in more than forty countries around the world (Lyon Equipment Ltd – UK) Petzl are able to gather incredibly varied reports on product performance, Petzl use this knowledge when further developing products. In 1986 they were the first company of their sector to have an in-house testing facility. In July 2008 Petzl established their new development centre V.axess, the goal for this new centre was to bring together knowledge under one roof. Now the entire structure is modular tool, able to provide a platform for analysis of different scenarios even including the weather!