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RESEARCH &
DEVELOPMENT

THE JOURNEY OF PERFECTION:
ALWAYS A GLOVE AHEAD

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.

“WE NEVER COPY”
SHOWA is true to this founding principle and has always managed to be different, continually seeking new solutions and pursuing a single goal: your best hand protection.

 

Our robust investment in research and product development is readily adapted to users’ needs and the shifts in global demand for new and innovative products. Over 100 researchers, designers and engineers devote their energy to developing new models in close synergy with production sites and customer needs. Every prototype is tested under real conditions on our customers’ sites. The active cooperation of all these actors in this cycle demonstrates our commitment to constantly seeking perfection. From engineering to end use, our gloves are created better to perform better.

DID YOU KNOW

SHOWA’s founder, AKEO TANAKA was a perfectionist and embedded this personality trait into the company by implementing the strictest quality controls. Since the first production, every single SHOWA glove is individually inspected in our factories so you get to wear the perfect glove, every time.

INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING:
CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT
OF INTELLIGENT DEVELOPMENT

SHOWA’s Research and Development is comprised of three collaborative teams; one focused on materials, another for knitting technologies and lastly a team that has expertise in hand mould or former design.  One of our many differentiators is our ability to develop a product from the hand mould to the manufacturing line, internally. We are masters at designing and shaping a hand mould to achieve very specific designs of hand protection. We maintain a level of uniqueness by using a multitude of different materials in any suitable manufacturing environment.

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