Who invented Velcro


Swiss engineer George de Mestral was the man who invented Velcro in 1948. The word Velcro came from two French words: velvet (velours) and hook (crochet).
To de Mestral the idea about the Velcro came in 1941 then he came back from the mountains of the Alps where he was hunting. Then George was removing burdock burrs he became interesting how these seeds sticking so strong. He took the microscope and starts to analyze the principal of how these burdock burrs works. In 1949 he created strips with cotton, but he saw that the cotton worn out very quickly. So de Mestral changed cotton to synthetic fiber. He had chosen nylon as synthetic material and the one side (hook) of the Velcro was finished. But to find and create perfect other side (loop) George de Mestral took 8 years.
In 1951 George de Mestral submitted for the patent of Velcro and in 1955 the patent to him was issued.
In 1958 he submitted for the “loop and hook fastener” patent and in 1961 his request was granted and he got a patent for it also. All the patents de Mestral took in Switzerland.
The Velcro Company was registered in 13 of May, 1958. It produces not only loop and hook fasteners but also textile hooks, plastic hooks, self-adhesive strips and much more similar products.

Who invented Velcro

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