Simond, the French producer of mountaineering equipment purchased by Decathlon in 2008, has moved into a new head office and factory of 4,000 square meters at Vigie near Chamonix, using more modern and automated machinery to make its crampons, carabiners and ice axes. About 20 people were employed at original site of 1,400 sqm at Les Houches when Decathlon took over Simond. There are now 60