Established in the east of France since the 15th century, the Peugeot family owns much land, on which in the 18th century it builds windmills, and develops weaving, spinning and milling businesses.
Montbeliard, the crossroads of Switzerland, Alsace and Franche-Comté, features abundant water resources and a skilled, industrious workforce. These are the factors that would determine the location of future industrial sites.
In 1810 the brothers Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frédéric Peugeot converted a mill into a steel foundry and plant for manufacturing saw blades, creating the company Peugeot Bros. This is the kick-off for the Peugeot familys industrial vocation. In 1858, the Lion brand is officially registered, activities become more industrialized and diversified: tools for all sorts of trades, household utensils, including the famous coffee grinders, sewing machines and various other items, including the frames for Second Empire crinolines.
Through hard work, tenacity and its innovative capabilities, Peugeot forges its reputation for quality and the robustness of its products. © 2006 Peugeot