SpanSet Australia is based in a purpose-built factory in Emu Plains NSW and has been in operation for over 25 years. The company’s vast experience in webbing based products provided the perfect background to develop over 15 years ago the innovative range of height safety equipment in evidence today. This evolved from the introduction of the first Euro style, lightweight harness, which was a dramatic departure from the American influenced heavy and cumbersome harnesses. From our best selling ERGO and ERGOiplus ranges through to our solution ranges for heat, corrosive, and high wear applications we always offer genuine value to our end user customers. The range covers all applications from fall arrest and work positioning to rope access and the Gotcha™ rescue range.

SpanSet continue to live up to their international heritage of innovations in design with new developments in products and services. The new developments enable us to push beyond the basic Australian Standards for design in Height Safety equipment.

How our inventions became the norm ...

The SpanSet products with their load capacity have gained such a good reputation around the world that international safety standards have been orientated to it.

The development of standards for Height Safety equipment has been significantly influenced by SpanSet. This is how something becomes the norm: by setting a standard. And doing so repeatedly for more than 40 years

... and our norm influenced new inventions

This also means that we are often called on during the development of a new product (after all, it will eventually be transported by our load restraints) and also increasingly offer support as a partner for safety training and consultation.

This is how SpanSet went from small ribbon weaving company to international forerunner when it comes to Height Safety, Transportation and Safety – through exceptional performance and recognition.


How the safety belt became a safety standard. 

Fifty years ago the world was very different, cars had no seat belts. But the hour had come for a small Swedish ribbon weaving company.

Today it is hard to imagine that a few decades ago, most cars were shipped without seat belts. In other respects too, little attention was paid to accident prevention at that time, and so many collisions from which today one would emerge unscathed, had fatal consequences.

In order to counter this, the Swedish car company Volvo approached the ribbon weaving companies AB Textilkonst and Klippan at the end of the 1950s, with instructions to develop a safety belt for its vehicles.

Volvo was already building very sturdy cars that withstood the harsh Swedish winters and other tests, but it wanted to continue to improve the safety of the occupants.

Together with Volvo engineers, Klippan developed the fi rst car safety belt in the world, made of high-strength fabric ribbon. It was installed in models Amazon and 544 for the 1st time in 1959 and caused a lot of astonishment in the public, but also ensured an enduring image of Swedish inventions as both pioneering and durable.

How We Replaced Ropes and Chains

The car safety belt was a great success, and soon other manufacturers had also installed it. Thanks to the great demand, Erik Ehnimb, co-owner of Klippan, was able to found the SpanSet company in Malmö in 1966.

The ribbons produced by SpanSet were quickly and enthusiastically employed in many other areas, where up to that point chains and wire ropes had been used, as in the case of the transport of paper. The customers appreciated the enormous load-bearing capacity of the new lashing and lifting belts.

In 1967, Mr. Ehnimb founded SpanSet AG in Hombrechtikon in the Zurich highlands and additional companies in Germany, Italy, France and England. Later, companies in Asia, America and Australia were added, thus forming a global distribution network.