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Shoei Helmets Company History



1959// SHOEI Kako Co., LTD is established and begins manufacturing general safety helmets in Tokyo, Japan.
1960// SHOEI acquires a larger facility to begin manufacturing motorcycle helmets.
1962// SHOEI motorcycle helmets earn JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) certification.
SHOEI begins producing Fiber Reinforced Plastic helmets.
SHOEI begins racing sponsorship program to help with research and development of new products.
1963// SHOEI introduces the SR-1 — the company’s first motorcycle racing helmet.
1967// SHOEI establishes its factory in Ibaraki, Japan, which is still in service today.
SHOEI introduces the SR-Z — the company’s first full face helmet.
1968// SHOEI Safety Helmet Corporation, the North American arm of our company, is formed in California, U.S.A.
1971// The S-3, SA-1, and S-10 helmets are popular models for SHOEI.
The S-12 obtains Snell certification.
1972// The S-20, with its two piece structure, is introduced, and proves to be very popular in the North American market.
1976// SHOEI introduces the GR-Z, the world’s first helmet to utilize carbon fiber in its construction.
1978// SHOEI Europe PVBA is established in Belgium to distribute SHOEI products throughout Europe and West Asia.
1980// A new factory is built at SHOEI’s Tokyo facility.
1982// SHOEI’s first off road helmet, the EX-2, is introduced.
1983// SHOEI introduces the Z-100, a full face helmet with innovative designs such as an injection-molded shield
and chin spoiler.
SHOEI introduces the RF-102, a full face racing helmet equipped with a quick opening shield system.
SHOEI introduces the TJ-201, an open face helmet equipped with a quick opening shield system.
1984// SHOEI introduces the RF-102V and TJ-201V — the world’s first ventilated helmets.
SHOEI introduces the TF-250, a full face helmet equipped with a ventilation system in the chin bar.
1987// SHOEI France SARL is established to distribute helmets in France.
SHOEI racer Wayne Gardner is crowned champion in the GP500 Road Racing World Championship Series.
1988// SHOEI introduces the VX-4 off road helmet.
SHOEI racer Eddie Lawson is crowned champion in the GP500 Road Racing World Championship Series.
1989// SHOEI’s Iwate factory in northern Japan is established.
SHOEI racer Eddie Lawson successfully defends his GP500 championship.
1990// SHOEI introduces the X-8 with its unique built-in mechanical shield system, eliminating the need for noisy base plate covers.
1991// SHOEI introduces the VF-X off road helmet.
1992// SHOEI racer Wayne Rainey wins his third championship in a row in the GP500 class.
SHOEI racers won every GP500 title from 1987 through 1992.
1993 // SHOEI released the first dual EPS liner ventilation system in the world with the X-8 Air.
The DUOTEC modular helmet is introduced.
1994// SHOEI Europe GMBH is established in Germany.
1999 - SHOEI racer Alex Criville wins the GP500 World Championship.
2000// SHOEI introduces the Syncrotec — the company’s second-generation modular helmet.
2001// SHOEI Europe Distribution Deutchland GMBH is established.
2002// SHOEI introduces the X-Eleven, the new standard in premium road racing helmets.
2003// SHOEI introduces the RF-1000 full-face road helmet.
2004// SHOEI introduces the TZ-R full face helmet.
SHOEI introduces the V-MT off-road helmet
SHOEI introduces the VFX-DT off-road helmet that utilizes the groundbreaking new Max Dry liner.
2006// SHOEI introduces the Multitec modular helmet.
SHOEI expands the Iwate Factory to increase production capacity.
2007// SHOEI introduces the Hornet-DS — the company’s first dual-sport specific helmet.
2008// SHOEI introduces the all-new VFX-W off-road helmet.
2010// SHOEI introduces the all-new X-Twelve and RF-1100 road helmets.
The X-Twelve and RF-1100 feature SHOEI's innovative new QRSA base plate and CW-1 shield technology.
2011// SHOEI introduces the all-new QWEST touring helmet


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