A hunting trip in the Alps inspired one of the world’s most unique inventions. Learn how burrs on clothing — and a dog — led to the billion-dollar success of Velcro.
What they do:
Make hook and loop fasteners for hundreds of uses.
Swiss engineer George de Mestral returned from a hunting trip when he noticed pesky little burrs sticking to his jacket, socks, and even his dog. He put the burrs under a microscope and noticed they had tiny hooks which caught on the loops of his wool coat. That’s when he got the big idea to replicate nature with similar hook and loop fasteners.
About the business:
Today, the Velcro brand of hook and loop fasteners has hundreds of uses and is found world wide. They’re used in everything from medical equipment to automobile interiors and even in NASA’s Space shuttle.