Hugely respected Swiss company dating way back to the 19th century, that continues to manufacturer an extensive array of equipment for a wide range of mountain activities, from it's world class reputation in rock climbing and mountaineering, through to hiking, ski-touring and alpine skiing. It belongs to a group of companies that also includes the likes of outdoor shoe manufacturer Raichle, and ski-wax brand Toko.
The company was formed in 1862 by Kaspar Tanner in the Swiss village of Dintikon. He started out as a traditional manufacturer of rope, initially for agricultural use, but later for use in climbing. The company continued to manufacture these, along with all sorts of other mountaineering equipment and gear such as netting and belts, into the 20th century. By the 1960's the company had grown hugely but was still mainly manufacturing ropes and other similar equipment. By the 1970s it had started to manufacture a wider range of outdoor gear, such as sleeping bags, tents and, importantly, clothing. Clothing now accounts for 50% of Mammut's sales, which just shows how vital this area has become to the success and growth of the company. It has since acquired a whole host of specialist mountain-related companies, such as Toko (ski wax), Raichle (shoes) and Ajungilak (sleeping bags). However, Mammut remains true to it's roots and is still the world leader in the manufacture and sales of rock-climbing rope, all of which it continues to make at the company's headquarters in Seon, in the Swiss canton of Aargau.