Precision forging
Precision forging
About Wichard

Wichard: precision forging

The Wichard Company was founded by Henri Wichard in Thiers in 1919. The company is both a world leader in marine fittings and a dominant industrial actor in various other industrial sectors:
- aeronautics
- medical
- automotive
- parachute
- cutlery…

Some key dates

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  • 1919: Repurchase of a cutlery works and founding of the company by Henri Wichard
  • 1919 to 1972: Drop forging sub-contractor
  • 1972: creation of a second works and installation of an automatic forging line
  • 1973: Michel Boissonnet, General Manager of the company, produces the first fittings in stainless steel and titanium and has them tested by Bernard Moitessier, Eric Tabarly, Alain Colas and Philippe Jeantot
  • 1978: Perfection of titanium forge for medical applications
  • 1973 to 1988: Development of the fittings range and creation of an international distribution network
  • 1984: Nouvel Economiste – Europe 1: Design Oscar: carabiner (under load)
  • 1989: Repurchase of the company by Jean-Loup Becquevort
  • 1992: Opening of a subsidiary in the U.S.A. Wichard Inc.
  • 1994: Acquisition of the Maillard company of St. Malo and launching of the first range of Wichard pulleys
  • 1998: 1st Prix au Dame Award: Wichard double-safety carabiner
  • 2002: Buy out of the Wichard company by a group of shareholders and creation of the Accasting holding company. Acquisition of Profurl, manufacturer of sail furlers

Some key dates (suite)

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  • 2003: Opening of an agency in Saint Nazaire regrouping marine engineering and design, sales, marketing and after-sales service. Opening of a subsidiary in Australia: Wichard Pacific
  • 2003: Acquisition of the Simond company of Chamonix: manufacturer of climbing equipment
  • 2005: Acquisition of Forginox, a cutlery forge in Thiers.
  • 2006: Closing of original works and consolidation of activities at one site in an industrial park. Installation of a new forging press.
  • 2006: Installation of a high-speed machining facility for manufacture of production tooling.
  • 2009: Wichard celebrates its 90 years
  • 2010: Company purchased by a group of shareholders  and  Deck Developpement holding company founded
  • 2013: Acquisition of the brands Facnor et Sparcraft
  • 2015: Implementation of a 5-axis machining centre

Key figures

  • Turnover for 2013: 15.8 million €
  • Export: 60%
  • Number of employees: 190
  • Over 700 references in the marine catalogue
  • Over 500 industrial clients
  • A growing international presence:
    2 subsidiaries and 40 distributors


Contact precision forging

Wichard S.A.S.
Z.I. de Felet, CS 50085
63307 Thiers Cedex, France

Tel: +33 (0) 4 73 51 65 00
Fax: +33(0) 4 73 80 62 81
E-mail: precision.forging@wichard.com
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