‘Showa’ means “finding a balance between different elements” in Japanese.

This principle is much more than just a formula; it is at the heart of our approach and requires full control of all stages. SHOWA is the only company that fully controls the design and manufacture of its protective gloves. Every day at SHOWA we continue to innovate to provide each wearer with a product that meets expectations. This autonomy, impervious to competitor methods and concepts, is based on constantly surpassing what has been done before, ensuring that everyone enjoys comfort and optimum safety.

4 week trial Programme

The SHOWA 4WTP consists of a strategic plan whereby glove trials can be managed effectively through 4 timed processes. These processes evaluate the performance of a SHOWA glove vs a currently used glove, indicating user preferences and advantages in terms of comfort, dexterity, fit and longevity. After 4 weeks a cost-efficient, custom-made plan for your hand protection needs is presented.

Our commitments

SHOWA means “finding a balance between different elements” in Japanese. From the very start, this principle is the red line that runs throughout our heritage and defines us today: a company committed to creating harmony between our surroundings and ourselves, leading responsibly and pioneering sustainable solutions that protect our people and our planet.

Our Innovation Milestones

Along the road to success, SHOWA’s innovation and commitment to creating gloves that perform better have resulted in industry milestones – gloves that have literally shaped the industry and engraved the SHOWA brand as a market leader.

Our Story

SHOWA’s story began over 60 years ago in Manchuria. Akeo Tanaka had been drafted into the army and suffered, like many of his countrymen, from the extremely harsh conditions. The difficult memory of these soldiers losing their fingers from frostbite, despite wearing rabbit skin gloves and cotton under-gloves, provoked a reaction in him that a few years later would revolutionise hand protection.

Research & Development

Innovation makes sense when it actually contributes something useful. Each time SHOWA develops a new concept, it improves wearer comfort and safety. This ability to anticipate needs and provide solutions that eventually become benchmarks is based on unrivalled technological expertise and is fully autonomous. In 1954 SHOWA developed the world’s first fully-coated PVC glove, which changed the face of hand protection.

What We Do

SHOWA® is a fully integrated manufacturer of industrial hand protection. We work with the very latest in technological advancements with a renewed focus on creativity and innovation.
SHOWA® is solely focused on the start-to-finish manufacturing of industrial hand protection. We fully control our industrial ecosystem, which has a decisive advantage over other companies. By creating all our own machinery, yarns, coatings, polymers, designs and hand formers, we control every step of our process, every step of the way – for 100% quality control at every level.


When it comes to protection, SHOWA knows only number one. From the world’s first latex glove onward, we’ve always led the way with better, safer ways to work with your hands.


The European Directive 89/686/EEC on PPE is in process of being superseded by a new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425. The new Regulation, which introduces revisions in several PPE standards such as EN 388 and EN 374, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 31st March 2016 and will be applied from 21st April 2018. Our new and existing gloves may not be certified according to this new Regulation until 21st April 2018. The existing certificates according to the Directive will remain valid until 21st April 2023