For over 40 years, Petzl has built on its expertise in the design and manufacture of products for verticality and lighting. Today, Petzl designs, produces and distributes millions of products around the world. Building a Petzl product requires expertise in a wide range of materials – textiles, metals, plastics – as well as in specific technologies: plastics processing, sewing, injection molding, forging, LEDs, electronics… This expertise allows us to design equipment that meets both the needs of users and the technical requirements for its use: resistance to impacts, abrasion, extreme temperatures…
The Petzl research department in Crolles, France, integrates all the fields related to product design: mechanical, textile, electronic, optical, computing and prototyping. 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.
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 product reliability and user safety. Examples of tests: dynamic fall tests, impact resistance, cyclic testing, performance, headlamp beam quality and burn times. They are complemented by testing in the field for ergonomics and reliability.
Prospection and inspection
Petzl’s production sites are based in Crolles, Eybens, and Rotherens, France, and in Rawang, Malaysia. This production infrastructure is complemented by long-term partnerships with key suppliers in Europe and Asia. Our purchasing and quality control teams work closely with suppliers to guarantee a standard of product reliability and quality that meets our strict requirements. During the manufacturing phase, quality control is present at every step of the production chain. It combines automated and human inspections.
Petzl distributes products to more than fifty countries via a distribution network, subsidiaries and agents around the world.
Providing solutions for users
Petzl serves communities of users committed to their activities. Our goals: to assist them with products they can rely on, and to offer them our expertise.
Petzl is active in the following fields:
- 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 professionals, for maintenance, for industrial worksites
- Equipment for tactical operations units
- Equipment for adventure parks
Learn about our entire line of products in detail, and decide which essential tools you and your staff need this year!