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

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.


SHOWA’s Sentinel Program provides customized safety solutions that help prevent work-related injuries and optimize your operation’s cost performance. Proven to reduce costs by up to 33%, we’ll give you a competitive edge by helping you get the most from your hand protection. 

*Stats based on EMPLOYER- REPORTED WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES – 2012, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor  Statistics, Nov. 7th 2013


The European Directive 89/686/EEC on PPE is in process of being superseded by a new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.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, that 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


SHOWA has chosen to work with GreenCircle Certified, an independent third-party company, to certify our EBT gloves as being “biodegradables”.  SHOWA’s revolutionary Eco Best Technology® (EBT) makes a difference to the environment, without any compromise in protection and performance.

The GreenCircle certification provides a guarantee to our customers that we are a trusted brand in sustainability with ASTM D5526 certificate.