The VELCRO® brand stands for the highest quality, exceptional performance and unsurpassed reliability. The Velcro Group is a leading manufacturer and innovator of hook and loop closures. The concept of the VELCRO® brand is constantly evolving to find new and interesting ways to use our products and solutions - at home, at work or while playing. With global offices and a presence in more than 40 countries, there will never be any lack of ideas, thinkers, or explorable yet unknown areas.
But who invented the hook and fleece of the brand VELCRO®? It all started with a burdock whose tiny seeds are wrapped in hundreds of "hooks" that naturally cling to the microscopic snares of fur, hair or clothing. The burdock was only a miracle of nature - up to a day in 1941. Because on a hunting trip in the Alps crossed the paths of the burdock, the Swiss engineer George de Mestral and his dog. Inspired by the adhesiveness of the burdock de Mestral developed the world's first hook and loop fastener.
Originally de Mestral introduced this closure only for use on clothing. Today, however, he finds a variety of applications, from health care to the garden shed and the military. Although every VELCRO® brand product is tailored to a specific task, the basic mechanism remains the same. In the end, the VELCRO® brand solutions that keep your tablet from sticking to the wall are based on the same principle NASA uses to hold plates in place in a weightless room.
More than 300 active patents worldwide are a symptom of Velcros' innovative tradition and its ability to meet the needs of its customers. The Velcro Group's Innovation and Technology Center is a global organization that meets the needs of the global market by providing products and processes in the woven and knitted textiles, as well as in non-stop injection molding, non-woven fabrics and a range of non-woven fabrics developed further closure technologies. Velcro is the original patentee of US Patent 2,717,437 filed October 15, 1952.
From today on, the Velcro Group aims to be the leading innovator in closure technology through efficient and creative solutions. With more than 300 active patents worldwide, we are proud of our innovative tradition and our ability to meet the needs of our customers.