Professional Vertical & Lighting Rope Access Products
In 1970, the first "Fernand Petzl" brand products were produced in a workshop in Saint-Nazaire-Les-Eymes, Isère, France. Since then, the Petzl company, established in 1975, has grown into an international enterprise, all the while preserving its personal feel and the passion that drove Fernand Petzl. At Petzl, offering solutions to users starts with a conversation, to better understand their needs and to provide the things they may need across different phases of a project: technical advice, training, tools, equipment. And, through innovation, allowing them to imagine other projects.
Solutions for sports enthusiasts and professionals Today, Petzl's solutions are present across numerous sectors:
• outdoor activities: climbing, mountaineering, ski mountaineering, trail running, via ferrata, canyoning...
• work at height: rope access, tree care, energy and networks, framing and roofing...
• rescue: technical rescue, self-rescue, evacuation on mechanical lifts
• personal lighting for the workshop, for maintenance, for industrial worksites
• equipment for tactical operations units
Design - The Petzl research department in Crolles, France, integrates all the disciplines related to the design of a product: mechanical, textile, electronic, optic and computing. Starting at the design and prototype phases, the reliability of the product and user safety are continually evaluated with a strong focus on risks to the user.
Testing - In Crolles, Petzl has labs dedicated to testing verticality products and headlamps. These tests often go above and beyond the required standards to help validate the reliability of products and safety for the user: dynamic fall tests, impact resistance, cyclic testing, performance, headlamp beam quality and burn times. They are complemented by testing in the field, controlled or not, in terms of ergonomics and reliability.
Production and inspection - Petzl's production sites are based in Crolles, Eybens, and Rotherens, France, and in Rawang, Malaysia. This component is complemented by long-term partnerships with key suppliers in Europe and Asia. Our buying and quality control teams work closely with suppliers to guarantee a standard of product reliability and quality that meets our requirements. During manufacture, quality control is found throughout the production chain: auto-inspection of operations by machines, human inspection at key points, reinforced by error-proof systems, final individual inspection of each product.
Distribution - Petzl distributes products to more than fifty countries via a distribution network and subsidiaries in the US, Germany, Spain, Italy.