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Our history

 

1890

 

Creation of Pichon Frères, a company making ribbons and trimmings in St Etienne. Its flagship product was the wide flannel bands that workers wrapped around their waists to keep warm.

1935 – 1970

 

Invention of the first tubular belt: The Dr Gibaud belt. The story goes that Maurice Pichon and Docteur Gibaud came up with the idea of the Gibaud belt while out fishing together. The flannel was replaced with wool and the band sewn into a tube form.

The "Reins au Chaud du Dr Gibaud" ("Keep your midriff warm with Dr. Gibaud") slogan was used to promote the belt on billboards in the metro, on the side of delivery trucks and even on television, the aim being to innovate with communication and distribution methods.

Finally came the creation of the woollen underwear version, under the Mérilaine brand..

1980

 

From belts to entire ranges of orthopaedic products: creation of the Gibortho® brand for specialised rheumatology and traumatology products dispensed on medical prescription

1998

 

Launch of Venactif®: Gibaud's medical compression range produced in our Trévoux factory.

Innovation: Gibaud was the first manufacturer to design compression stockings with patterns.

2001

 

Diversification of business segments, with the creation of Gibaud Pharma, which markets two forms of ibuprofen, including a spray-on solution.

2005

 

From Mérilaine to Technical Wear. Developed on the basis of a "smart textile" containing silver threads, this T-shirt adapts to the thermal requirements of the body.

2006

 

Manufacture of the 1st orthopaedic belt made of denim. Gibaud launched Lombogib® Workwear and Lombogib® Jeanswear.

The same year, Gibaud became part of the Össur group. A global leader in prosthetics, Össur is renowned for its dynamism and creative vitality, be it in Research and Development, Production or Distribution. Following this integration, Gibaud embraced the Össur vision of "Life without limitations".

2008 - 2009

 

Enhanced comfort of knee braces with a 3D knit base for the Genugib® range. Expansion of the Lombogib® range with 2 Lombogib® Underwear belts styled to ressemble underwear. Development of the O.M.A. (Optimum Morphological Adaptability) concept for the Venactif® range, available in the form of Venactif® Lumière for women and Venactif® Optimum for men.

2010

 

Manugib®: Innovation on the wrist and wrist-thumb brace segment. Gibaud is the only orthopaedic brand to propose a range dedicated to rheumatology, proposing products from patients with tendonitis and "De Quervain's" tenosynovitis.

2013

 

Launch of Manugib® Carpal Tunnel dedicated to carpal tunnel syndrome.

2014

 

Launch of Genugib® Balnéo, a hinged knee brace with range of motion control that can be used for physiotherapy/rehabilitation and activities in water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Tél : 04 77 91 30 30 - Fax : 04 77 79 62 66

73, rue de la Tour BP 78 - 42002 Saint Etienne Cedex 1 France