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Georges Salomon - the French industrialist who developed his father's ski edge workshop (founded in 1947) into the world's most powerful combination of binding, boot and ski factories in the 1980s and 1990s - has died at the age of 85. Salomon spent his retirement years in a house on the Lake of Annecy, not far from the locations of the factories he built.

 

Salomon became the world's largest maker of ski bindings in the 1970s, and invested the profits of that business in a 6-year research+development programme to launch rear-entry ski boots at the end of that decade. These boots were refined and enhanced, with additional patents, to make the SX91 (perhaps the most influential ski boot  design in history).

 

In 1990, Salomon went into ski production with a 'monocoque' construction technique.

 

50 years after the company was founded, it was sold in 1997 to Adidas, and is now owned by Amer.