In 1890, in a small Savoie village in Maurienne, Joseph Opinel invented the pocket knife that now bears his name. The Opinel company. located at Chambéry in the heart of the Alps, is still run by the descendants of Joseph Opinel and manufactures items whose quality has made the brand famous for nearly 130 years. The collection contains knives and pocket tools for DIY, sport, outdoors activities and gardening as well as kitchen knives and table knives…
OPINEL SAS is a family-owned company, François Opinel (President) and Denis Opinel (CEO) are the great-sons of the founder.
Two deputy directors are in charge of the operational management with 4 directors (Industry director, Purchasing & Development director, Marketing & Communication director, Export director).
The Chambéry factory employs 120 people, whom 70 work directly in production. Additional 1500 sq meters were built between 2015 and 2018 to support our business development.
Turnover 2017: 24 million €, 45% from exports
Staff: 120 people, including 70 people in production.
Number of knives manufactured in 2017 = 5 000 000 units