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Industry Consumer products
Founded 1956
Founder Marc Grégoire
Headquarters Rumilly, Haute-Savoie, France
Parent Groupe SEB
Website http://tefal.com

Tefal is a French cookware and small appliance manufacturer owned by Groupe SEB. Its name is a portmanteau of the words TEFlon and ALuminium. The company is known for creating the non-stick cookware category[1] and for frying products like French fries more healthily with far less fat than is standard.[2] However, some may dispute that Tefal was innovative based on a DuPont chemical patent (US 2776918 A) of a year earlier. [3]

In some countries like the United States, Tefal is also marketed as T-Fal. DuPont insisted on the name change since Tefal was too similar to their product name of Teflon.[4]

In the UK, it is the owner of the name "Swan", a cookware brand. It is currently licensed out by employees of Swan.


  1. ^ "Tefal history". Tefal.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  2. ^ Kitchen test: Tefal vs Breville low-fat fryers
  3. ^ http://www.google.com/patents/US2776918
  4. ^ "The History of T-Fal Cookware – The World’s First Nonstick Cookware". Ultimatecookware.com. 1960-12-15. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 

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