The Petzl brand was created in the 1930s under Fernand Petzl, who for his passion, the cave research, used his expertise for the development and production of solutions for locomotion in caves. The first products were manufactured in 1970 in Saint-Nazaire-les-Eymes (France). In 1973 the first headlamps were developed for mountaineering, and 1975 followed the founding of the company Petzl in Crolles (France). Today, the family business generates approximately 154 million euros (2016) and employs 700 employees worldwide. The company produces four production sites, three of them are in France, and one is in Malaysia. The sale of approximately seven million products annually takes place in 55 countries. More than 20 new products and product improvements are presented annually. The Petzl Foundation was founded in 2006 and supported projects of non-profit partners worldwide. Her main areas of focus are accident prevention, vertical access security, environmental protection, and scientific research. The company offers a wide range of products for vertical activities in nature and flashlights for operations in the dark.
Petzl is a worldwide known producer for Flashlights, Headlamps, Torches, and Lights for Outdoor and Sport, Trekking. Famous products are the Petzl Tikka, Tactikka, and Strix tactical Helmet-Lamps with Molle-Attachments.
For sports such as climbing, mountaineering, hiking, or trekking, you can choose from products such as carabiners, harnesses, safety and abseiling equipment, helmets, and climbing rucksacks. Ice picks are offered, for example, for technical mountaineering and steep wall driving. Hybrid crampons with LEVERLOCK universal binding system and ice screws are available for climbing and ski touring in iced terrain. The PSA products offer the best protection against crashing. For the sports of canyoning and speleology unique canyoning belts, helmets, ropes, carabiners, and loops are offered. For night running, hunting, and fishing as well as for all sports already mentioned, flashlights are available in a wide variety of designs in the categories classic to specialized headlamps.