A Heritage of Harmony

SHOWA means “finding a balance between different elements” in Japanese. This principle is at the heart of our heritage—finding harmony between our surroundings and ourselves, leading responsibly and pioneering sustainable solutions that protect our people and our planet.

Today, SHOWA is the culmination of two inspiring founders and companies (SHOWA and Best Manufacturing) who carry forward one vision for innovation.

A Legacy of Firsts

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.

 

 

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  • '70/'80

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1951

Best Manufacturing founded.

1953



The first PVC work glove invented.

SHOWA ATLAS 620

1954

SHOWA founded.

1960

Introduced The Original Nitty-Gritty—the industry’s first wrinkle-finished, natural rubber-coated glove.

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1980

Patent for the first seamless knitted glove.

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1982

Polyurethane invented.

SHOWA AO520

1985

Launched polyurethane/nylon line.


SHOWA 541

1991

Introduced N-DEX®—the world’s first 100% nitrile, latex-free glove.

N-DEX 7005

1994

Developed the flat-dip process with high-grip latex and flat coating.

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2003

Invented N-DEX® Free—the world’s first accelerator-free disposable nitrile glove.

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2006

Developed double nitrile coating (dual technology).

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2007

SHOWA acquires Best Manufacturing.

2011

Launched Hagane Coil® with S-TEX® technology (stainless steel/polyester reinforced knit).

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2012

Invented N-DEX® with Eco Best Technology®—the world’s first biodegradable disposable glove.

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2013

First glove with breathable and waterproof technology.

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2014

Development of the first latex foam glove breathable and waterproof.

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2015

The first multipurpose biodegradable glove.

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