Our Innovation & Technology
ORIGINAL THINKING™ is in our DNA.
This culture of creativity is in our DNA and allows our global team of designers and engineers to create innovative solutions that solve real-world customer problems and make life easier. With more than 400 active patents and counting, Velcro Companies continues to revolutionize fastening solutions as we have over the last 60 years.
Research & Development Support Across the Globe
We have R&D staff worldwide to support our customers in every region. This includes teams in the U.S., Spain, Mexico and Canada. Within the greater Boston area, Manchester is our R&D hub, equipped with advanced technology in a location with a deep history of textile manufacturing. Our mentality is to respond to market needs by creating solutions through problem-solving.
2100+ Patents Globally since 1952
Our ORIGINAL THINKING™ has led to the creation of many innovations that granted patent protection. These easy-to-use, strong and reliable product innovations have improved people’s lives. With three core product technologies spanning 10+ market segments, Velcro Companies currently holds more than 1,300 registered trademarks worldwide and the VELCRO® Brand trademark is registered in approximately 130 countries.
Global Technology Meeting Local Needs
We continue to leverage our locally based engineering expertise to create and refine product and manufacturing innovations through product development and new technologies. We have teams located in North America and Europe. We use the key learnings from those mature markets and deploy them along with local nuances into emerging markets.
We work hand in hand with our customers to develop the perfect solution for their fastening challenges. From new product development, manufacturing optimization or product design enhancement, let our experienced staff of fastening experts help take your ORIGINAL THINKING™ to the next level.
The original hook and loop fastener was inspired by nature when George de Mestral noticed that the tiny hooks of a burdock burr clung to the loops of the fabric of his clothing and his dog’s fur. Nature has been our inspiration for solving fastening challenges ever since.
Research & Development Center at Velcro Companies
As the pioneers of hook and loop fastener technology, we held the original patent U.S. Patent 2,717,437 filed on October 15, 1952. Velcro Companies’ Research and Development is a worldwide organization that meets the demands of the global marketplace through product and process development in woven and knit textiles, molded hooks, non-woven loops and a variety of other fastener technologies. Our state-of-the-art facility is located in Manchester, N.H., an advanced engineering hub in the greater Boston area with a deeply rooted legacy in the U.S. textile history.
Today, Velcro Companies strives to be the dominant innovator in fastening technology through efficient and creative solutions. We are proud of our heritage of innovation and unique ability to create solutions to satisfy our customers’ needs.