EDELRID started out manufacturing braids and cords and in 1880 presented their first braided fishing lines in Berlin. The biggest innovation came in 1953 when EDELRID introduced the world's first kernmantel rope.
The biggest-ever advance in climbing safety was the invention of nylon ropes in the late 1930s and their adoption by climbers immediately after WW2. Ordinary hawser-laid nylon rope was dynamic and withstood endless numbers of falls. I've taken and held many of them. Edelrid invented kernmantel ropes, which were simply nylon ropes with a different construction. Yes, they're nicer to use and their properties can be tweaked by varying the construction, but it's a bit rich for them to imply, as the article seems to, that they're solely responsible for the great change which had already taken place.
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