SHOWA Best Glove

Unification Showa Glove and Best Glove

PARIS, 1 September 2009 – Two Powerful Companies. One Powerhouse in Protection. After one of the most significant acquisitions in hand protection manufacturing history, Showa Best Glove has emerged as the result of the operational integration of Showa Europe and Best Manufacturing Europe. "Our two-company integration in Europe is complete with the formation of Showa Best Glove," said Yasuo Fukuda, the President of Europe for Showa Best Glove. "We are now able to deliver on the potential we outlined when Showa Glove acquired Best Manufacturing in 2007."

That potential includes all of the following and more:
* Best-in-class technology. With a focus on research and development, the combined company Showa Best Glove is uniquely positioned to continue and accelerate the Showa/Best tradition of introducing new and innovative hand and arm protection products.
* Global production facilities. In all own global production facilities (U.S, Japan, Guatemala, Vietnam, Malaysia and Canada) the company is able to increase the production capacity.
* Comprehensive hand and arm product portfolio. The high quality of Showa and Best products has resulted into the recognized leadership of both companies. Combined, Showa Best Glove offers a full range of the highest quality protective gloves to industries ranging from construction, food service, healthcare, technology, general manufacturing to commercial fishing.
* Extensive channel coverage. The merged company Showa Best Glove has one of the strongest sales and service organizations focused exclusively on providing premium hand protection solutions to the respective industry sectors.

The integration is energizing the company's research and development efforts. The global Showa R&D team is now working closely together with the Best R&D team to develop new products to meet changing hand protection needs.

Two Powerful Companies. One Powerhouse in Protection. Showa Best Glove is loyal to the spirit of its company tagline. This integration has created the high quality hand protection resource that the market needs. Our companies' complementary, best-in-class products and technologies represent a powerhouse in the hand protection market. This is a powerhouse that has the potential to dramatically change the future of hand protection.

Two Powerful Companies. One Powerhouse in Protection. The Japanese group Showa Best Glove is a world leader in the professional protective glove market. As the inventor of the seamless PVC glove and the grip style glove, Showa’s industrial approach and development strategy revolve around innovation and operational excellence. This pursuit of innovation takes the form of ongoing research into new fibers and materials offering unrivalled comfort and improved safety. Established over 50 years in this market, Showa Best Glove has a strong presence in all continents. Its research centers in Japan, Malaysia and USA are recognized as among the most advanced in the world. It exercises full and unique control, from design, manufacturing through to marketing, giving it an expertise that is particularly recognized by its customers. Through their contribution to increased productivity, Showa Best gloves represent a profitable investment while making a significant contribution to improving working conditions.