For over 30 years they have provided professionals with innovative equipment for work at height, work positioning, rope access, arboriculture, fire and urban rescue and confined space access.
Their expertise in the techniques needed to work in the most challenging environments brings usability to their equipment which enables users to work efficiently and comfortably each day.
Some of the first products to come out of the workshop of Ferdinand Petzl back in the late 1960’s were the twin bobbin SIMPLE style descender, the toothed cam rope clamp and the fixed cheek pulley. At the time they revolutionised access when used with the new Nylon ropes that were becoming more readily available.
From this successful start the PETZL Company grew, driven by the increasingly active involvement of Ferdinand’s son, Paul Petzl. It developed and manufactured an ever increasing range of products for mountaineering and caving - the chest ascender in 1975, Full body climbing harnesses in 1976, climbers sit harnesses in 1983.
PETZL were one of the first companies to develop specialised, lightweight harnesses for workers at height. Basing their designs on their experience with mountaineering and caving harnesses they created the NAVAHO sit harness with metal attachment points for work positioning, deep padded waistbelt and padded leg loops. For workers requiring a full body harness they launched the LIGHT harness with its integrated jacket for ease of fitting. Both set new standards and became respected throughout the world.
In 1986 they became the first manufacturer of their type to commission and build their own equipment testing tower, increasing their knowledge and understanding of the forces generated and allowing them to evaluate new designs and working concepts.
The knowledge PETZL gained through development and testing was information they felt that should be freely shared with users and so the legendary PETZL technical instructions were produced. Filled with stunning ‘clear line’ drawings, a concept first created by Yves Marchand in the late 1980’s every PETZL product instruction continues to provide a wealth of technical information.
Today, many years on, PETZL continues to be at the forefront of personal work at height protection.
Its products such as the I’D descender, CROLL and BASIC ascenders, ASAP mobile fall arrester, AVAO harness and VERTEX helmet are seen as the ‘industry standard’s’ in the professional marketplace.
Each of these products has allowed their users to go further, quicker and more efficiently than before – something that Ferdinand Petzl would have appreciated.