Grivel turned their blacksmithing skills to forging mountaineering equipment as early as 1818.
They continue to innovate at their factory in Courmayeur in the shadow of the Italian side of Mont Blanc.
Their ethical stance ensures a constant striving to reduce environmental impact and advance production technologies still further.
The factory roof is given over to a substantial solar panel array, roughly the same area as a football pitch.
Grivel's strong affinity with the mountain environment where they live and where their products are designed and used is beyond question.