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Back in 1959 Shoei Kako Co., Ltd was established in Tokyo, Japan with a view to manufacturing general safety helmets. After being successful that year the company acquired a larger facility in the following year. Two years later, Shoei earned Japanese Industrial Standards certification and began manufacturing fiber reinforced plastic helmets. The company’s first racing compatible helmet SR-1 came into existence in 1963. The company’s current factory in Ibaraki, Japan was established in 1967 and the very same year Shoei introduced its first full face helmet. Next year Shoei extended its wing outside national boundary to California, USA.

The world first observed the use of carbon fiber in the construction of helmet in 1976 through Shoei Corporation. As a quest of being global the brand opened its Europe PVBA in Belgium to capture the market of Europe and West Asia a couple of years later. In 1982, Shoei’s first off-road helmet, the EX-2 was introduced. In 1983 and 1984 Shoei introduced a series of helmets with different features. Some of those were the first ever in the motorcycle industry. In that line some mentionable helmets were Z-100, a full face helmet with injection-molded shield; RF-102, a helmet equipped with quick opening shield system; TJ-201V, the world’s first ventilated helmets; TF-250 which was a full face helmet with chin bar ventilation system. In the year of 1987, Shoei clawed into French market; their France SARL was established. In the same year Shoei racer Wayne Gardner won GP500 Road Racing World Championship Series. Another Shoei racer Eddie Lawson won the same title in 1988. In 1990 Shoei made further improvement in motorcycle helmet manufacturing by introducing the X-8 with its built-in mechanical shield system. Three years later the X-8 was modified further with dual EPS liner ventilation system which was the first ever in the world.

In 1994 the brand decided to further consolidate its business and as a result Europe GMBH was established in Germany. Another Shoei racer Alex Criville won GP500 World Championship in 1999. The next year the brand’s second-generation modular helmet Syncrotec came into existence. From the year 2003 to 2008 the company further speeded its fame all around the world by introducing innovative line of helmets. Some of the mentionable helmets were RF1000, TZ-R, V-MT, VFX-DT, Hornet-DS and VFX-W. In 2006, Shoei increased the production capacity of its Iwate Factory. In 2010 all new X-Twelve and RF-1100 road helmets were introduced with some attractive and newly added ground-breaking features. The company’s all new QWEST touring helmet was revealed for the enthusiast riders in the year of 2011.