History of Showa Atlas Gloves

Showa_Atlas_Logo_400Atlas Gloves are manufactured by Showa Company, a leading Japanese hand protection manufacturer. Showa introduced Atlas Fit gloves into the American market in 1994 and since then the Atlas brand has built a reputation for quality and service you can trust.

In October 2007 Showa Glove acquired Best Manufacturing, one of America’s largest producers of high quality gloves, and the combined company was incorporated as Showa-Best Glove. In 2016 as part of Showa’s global branding strategy, the Atlas and Best labels will evolve into the Showa name.

Showa Co, the head office in Japan.

Showa Co, the head office in Japan.

In keeping with Japanese tradition, every day Showa searches for ways to increase its expertise, and for innovations to offer the users of its gloves greater comfort. With its objective of a “zero defects” policy, the company chooses only high quality raw materials, and implements increasingly thorough quality control, before, during and after production. PalmFlex has sold over a million Atlas gloves, and none of our employees recall an Atlas glove being returned because of a defect.

Shorubber, Showa's Glove Plant in Malaysia

Shorubber, Showa’s Glove Plant in Malaysia

Innovation, research and development, and preservation of the environment are three factors that make Showa one of the global market leaders.


Glove Innovation

Glove Innovation

Before 1954, cotton and leather were the only options available in terms of hand protection. At this time, Showa introduced the first gloves made from flexible and durable PVC. This major innovation enabled the company to quickly take 40% of the Japanese market. Since then, many innovations have followed.

– The 1980’s: Several patents are applied for: anti-germ treatment for glove liners, oil-resistant PVC and a slip-on coating that makes putting on and removing gloves easier. During this period, Showa develops seamless liner technology.

– 1983: Showa devises the Soa Tech range of gloves, including the Palm Fit model, which is both light and supple. These gloves allow high-precision work to be carried out quickly and accurately, thus maximizing productivity.

– 1990: A range of thin Nitrile gloves is developed.

– 1993: Showa launches partial coating, resulting in a balanced compromise between comfort and dexterity. The Flat Dip Technology coating technique is born.

Glove Manufacturing

Glove Manufacturing

Since then, innovations have been made by applying hi-tech, cut resistant textiles such as Kevlar® and Dyneema® to gloves, an important step forward towards greater hand safety.

With their seamless knit design, coated palm and ventilated back, Showa gloves are designed to limit perspiration. They undergo an antibacterial treatment to reduce both the accumulation of bacteria and odors caused by perspiration.

Today, Showa offers a range of gloves that is suited to the most complex and dangerous operations and which offers a level of protection that is widely recognized by professionals. As a result of Showa’s relentless pursuit for quality, it has many prestigious customers in the automotive, aeronautical, electronics, metallurgical chemical, construction, fishing, food services and agricultural industries.

Because Showa Glove consistently leads the market, as soon as the company brings out innovations, they are copied. Therefore it is important to look for the genuine Showa logo when purchasing palm coated gloves.


Glove Research & Development

Glove Research & Development

Showa’s capacity for innovation is only possible by placing Research and Development at the core of the company’s mission. At its plant in Malaysia, which employs 1,500 people, Showa has the industry’s most advanced research laboratories at its disposal. This research has just one goal: ensuring maximum protection against injury from cuts and chemicals, and greater comfort for users.


The Environment

The Environment

The latest challenge Showa has set concerns the protection of the environment. Showa chooses only raw materials that will neither harm the environment nor the user’s hands. Because it is conscious of the fact that the world has limited natural resources, Showa is developing a recycling program for production materials. Showa would like to leave the world clean for our children, and has made this a duty for its employees. Their philosophy is: “We live in a wonderful world and we must be ever-conscious of this in order to preserve it.”.

Showa’s revolutionary technology has resulted in the manufacture of gloves that offer ever-greater protection, and which allow the tasks they have been created for to be carried out, easier and more effectively. PalmFlex is proud to be a prominent Showa glove dealer.

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