SHOWA International B.V.


N-DEX® was the first family of low-modulus nitrile, single use gloves. This ground breaking innovation was commercialised by Best Manufacturing Company in 1991. Thus solving the human allergy to natural latex proteins, while providing the same, if not superior, barrier of protection.

Sociological climate (AIDS, demand for latex gloves):
increased use of latex gloves during the AIDS epidemic had exposed humans to natural latex proteins on a global scale. As a result, it became evident that a certain percentage of the human population is allergic to natural latex. The allergy can range from contact dermatitis to severe allergic reactions. The N-DEX glove solved this issue by providing a non-latex, low-modulus glove to be used in medical, dental, and examination.

Features (superior protection to latex):
the features are non-latex and low-modulus which offer more tensile strength and durability. Additionally, disposable nitrile will not degrade from the sun like natural latex. Finally, the glove has the fit and feel of natural latex. So first responders, TSA, physicians, laboratory professionals, and food handlers are assured the highest level of protection found in single use hand protection.

Commitment from SHOWA (innovations in formula and manufacturing): Best Manufacturing Company was acquired by SHOWA Glove Japan in 2007. This acquisition allowed SHOWA R&D to work in concert with Best R&D on the development of countless innovations since the acquisition. Now, SHOWA is able to globally distribute unique innovations that continue to raise the bar. Many SHOWA products are copied by companies that have a commitment to piracy, not innovation.

SHOWA has looked into single use market needs for personal and product protection, anticipating the increasing demand and global market potential. We analised trends and growth drivers to become more competitive by offering the broadest lines of superior-quality single use gloves and comprehensive solutions, complying with market requirements.
  • Powder-free and latex-free
  • Easy donning and doffing
  • Chemical resistance
  • Wide range of colours, lengths and thicknesses
  • Dual labelling
  • High tensile strength
  • Safe for workers’ skin
  • Comfort in use and high sensitivity
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Durable and cost-effective
  • Accelerator-free
  • Antistatic
SHOWA is known as a leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of work gloves for personal protection. We engineer our single use gloves looking carefully at every single detail of worker and product protection.
Combining years of expertise and market insight, SHOWA introduces the most comprehensive single use nitrile solution. The range offers a multiple choice of single use gloves, composed of 11 different styles with 4 thicknesses, 2 lengths, from XS to XL sizes, suitable for laboratory, pharmaceutical, clean room, food industry, automotive and harmful chemical usage, in compliance with all CE standards. 

Ready for the future, new products = new benefits:
  • 100% nitrile to avoid latex allergy risks whatever the user’s task may be
  • Chlorination for more comfort, grip and increased chemical resistance
  • Silicone free for safer skin
  • Powder-free to avoid workplace contamination
  • Dual labeling for PPE and medical care
  • Low modulus: moulds to your hand for greater fit
  • Chemical resistance
  • Multipurpose solution for all industries and usages
  • Heavy exposure chemical permeation testing
  • Inspection and quality control requirements - AQL 0.65 to 1.5
  • Force at break >10N
  • Elongation up to 500%
  • Textured finish on fingertips to enhance grip
  • Standards: CAT. III EN374-2 EN 374-3 EN455 FOOD APPROVED

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