Forging: our unique know-how

For more than 100 years our main mission has been to provide all our customers with quality products that ensure both safety and optimum performance for their sports and professional activities.

Wichard was founded in 1919 in Thiers by Henri Wichard. The company specialized initially in the manufacture of forged safety parts for industry. In the early 1970s, it took a decisive turn by working with the top sailors of the time, such as Moitessier, Tabarly and Alain Colas to develop its first boat fittings. However, it still maintained its powerful industrial activity.

50 years later, the Wichard brand has accompanied generations of sailors around the world. Wichard products are now fitted by all major yards, used by the most demanding sailors and sold in 5 continents through the company’s global distributor network.

Choosing a Wichard product means above all choosing a quality product that will ensure safety and performance during your voyages.

Why choose a Wichard forged product?

Picto Anti corrosion

Proven corrosion resistance

Picto Muscle

Superior mechanical and fatigue strength

Picto Certification

Production and quality control

Picto Label

Guaranteed reliability

Picto France

Made in france

Since 1919100 years of history

Founding of the company by Henri Wichard. It specialized in hammer forging – mainly producing scissors, knives and parts for weaving looms. - Development of subcontracting for industrial markets (From 1919 to the 1960s)


Development of the first ranges of boat fittings (shackles and snap hooks)


First boat fittings catalogue - Development of the famous part#. 2480 snap hook


Creation of the second production site in the Felet zone in Thiers – Installation of the automatic forging line capable of forging up to 2200 parts per hour - Launch of halyard snap hooks, sail snaps and eye bolts


Development of the titanium forge for producing medical prostheses


Design Oscar awarded to the quick release snap shackle - Swivel snap shackles and eye straps


Lifeline hooks and sailing knife range


Folding pad eye and eye strap range


Barman’s knife and handwheel babystay adjusters


U-bolts, Wichinox and swivel snap shackles (parts#. 2384 and 2385)


Opening of the U.S. subsidiary; Wichard inc.


Double pad eyes and new swivel snap shackles


Acquisition of the Maillard company in St Malo (plastic injection) to produce Wichard blocks


Wichard ball bearing and plain bearing blocks – New babystay adjusters - Single-handed knife


Patented" thimble shackles, eye straps (ref 9212, 9412), a range of fixed tiller extensions, and simple blade, shackle key and Bosco knives


2-point folding pad eyes - a range of stainless-steel blocks


DAME AWARD awarded to the double safety snap hook


Development of a parachuting buckle range and telescopic tiller extensions


A range of trigger snap shackles, and multi-function pliers


Acquisition of the Profurl brand, specialized in the design and manufacture of sail furlers


Opening of the Australian subsidiary, Wichard Pacific – a range of Roller blocks – Mooring products


Launch of the first boom brake and deck accessories


Acquisition of Forginox, a cutlery forge in Thiers.- A quick-release trapeze hook, new fixed tiller extensions (aluminium and carbon) and opening luff rope prefeeders


Installation of a high-speed machining platform for production tooling. ISO 9001 certification


A new range of ball bearing and plain bearing blocks, and the Gyb’easy boom brake


Lyfsafe jacklines


Speedlink: A range of trigger snap shackles


Greenox maintenance product – the MX halyard shackle


ISO 14001 certification


Acquisition of Facnor (sail furlers), Sparcraft (masts and rigging) and Sparcraft Rigging (rigging) – Proline: New range of harness tethers


Softlink: textile shackles


A range of fairleads


EN 9100 certification – new Offshore and Aquaterra knife ranges


Acquisition of Lorima (carbon mats) and Peguet (quick links)


Wichard celebrated its centenary!!


The Offshore Rescue knife range


Eco friendly An eco-friendly company

Eco friendly

Here at Wichard, we take our duty to protect the environment seriously. This dedication is reflected in our ISO 14001 certification, which we’ve had for many years. So what does this actually involve?

  • Following all the applicable environmental laws, regulations and recommendations,
  • Working constantly to reduce and eliminate pollution,
  • Designing environmentally-friendly, recyclable products,

Reducing the environmental impact of our sites:

  • By reducing our consumption of raw materials and energy,
  • By using clean production processes,
  • By avoiding any emissions into the environment which could pollute our air or waterways,
  • By processing our waste efficiently.
  • Working together with our partners and employees to keep on improving.


Brands Wichard Group brands

Wichard is one of the leading manufacturers of on-board equipment. Their products are renowned for their reliability, safety and quality, and are available in more than 35 countries.

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Australia-based Ronstan is renowned for its expertise in the design and manufacture of blocks, winches, track systems and other essential equipment for sailing, yachting and water sports. The company has a strong reputation for quality, innovation and performance.

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Andersen Stainless Steel Winches® are made with the care and craftsmanship that come from more than sixty years of experience. The Danish-built winches are built to last, to retain their exceptional finish and to deliver season after season of reliable performance and sailing pleasure.

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A pioneer in the design and manufacture of roller furling solutions for boats, Profurl is internationally renowned for the quality and endurance of their products: manual furlers, motorised furlers, roller housing, etc.

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Since 1981, Facnor has been designing and manufacturing innovative sail furling systems for large-scale yachts, ocean racing craft and coastal and offshore cruisers.

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Since 1962, Sparcraft has been synonymous with nautical excellence, specialising in the design and manufacture of masts, booms and rigging of the highest quality.

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LORIMA is the world’s leading manufacturer of carbon masts for racing and cruise boats. Thanks to this expertise, they have also made inroads into industrial markets (wind power, aeronautics, automobile, etc.)

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Thanks to their expertise and our forge, Wichard has earned its place in several industrial markets: automobile, aeronautics, medical, parachuting and industrial supplies. They have the tools to handle both mid- and large-scale production runs.

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As the manufacturer of the legendary Maillon Rapide® Quick-Link system, Peguet provides universally versatile and high-quality products which are used in a wide range of industrial and sports sectors.

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Since 1825, the Courant brand has been specialised in the manufacture of rope systems for a number of fields: tree pruners, rope workers, fire fighters, first responders, and even the military. Their ropes and PPE (personal protection equipment) are manufactured in France.

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Maillard produces various pulleys and accessories for the Wichard brand. We put our tools and expertise to good use for our industrial clients.

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