In the early 1940's, Swiss inventor George de Mestral went on a walk with his dog... Upon his return home, he noticed that his dog's coat and his pants were covered with cockleburrs. His inventor's curiosity led him to study the burrs under a microscope, where he discovered their natural hook-like shape.
This was to become the basis for a unique, two-sided fastener - one side with stiff "hooks" like the burrs and the other side with the soft "loops" like the fabric of his pants. The result was VELCRO® brand hook and loop fasteners, named for the French words "velour" and "crochet."
Voted as one of the best inventions of the century by scientists, VELCRO® brand fasteners have had an illustrious past, and what a future!
Its been around as long as you have, but we bet you dont know how many ways it affects your life. From keeping athletic shoes on your feet, to anchoring equipment on NASAs space shuttle, VELCRO® brand hook and loop fasteners have provided simple solutions to fastening, storage and organization problems for over 40 years.
Today Velcro Industries N.V. is a technology-driven, global organization and the industry leader. The Velcro Companies make hundreds of different hook and loop products that can solve just about any fastening problem. You're using VELCRO® Brand Hook and Loop Fasteners every day and you probably don't even know it!