Jean Billarant establishes Velcro France to produce and sell Velcro® brand (from "Velours" and "Crochet") hook and loop fasteners under a license from the Swiss Company Velcro S.A.
After patent expiration, Velcro France ceases affiliation with Velcro S.A., changes its name to APLIX, and adopts the APLIX trademark to identify its hook and loop fasteners.
Expanding global commercial presence.
First manufacturing plant built in the USA.
Le Cellier plant (France) won "Best Industrial Construction” by the world architecture awards.
Shanghaï manufacturing plant.
Majority share of Parafix in Brazil acquired.