COMPANY | History
SHOEI has been dedicated to the development of superior helmet technology since 1958.

Our company was started by the immense spirit and determination of its founder Eitaro Kamata, who designed and used his first products exclusively for the racing sector.

What is amazing even by today’s standards is the pace at which SHOEI became popular all over the world: starting in the late sixties, SHOEI’s reputation as a top quality brand spread first over the U.S., then later all over the motor markets of Europe.

What is also amazing is that everybody who was ever involved in the motor field can spell the name SHOEI, in spite of the fact that we are a team of less than 500 people worldwide.

But what is most amazing, especially to a Western observer, is the dedication of our factory staff. SHOEI manufactures all helmets (and all helmet parts) in Japan, even though manufacturing costs there have long since exceeded the level in many European countries. Why?

Because the men and women in our factories take every single helmet as a personal challenge. Faulty products are practically unheard of, as every single piece reflects the spirit, ambition and attention to detail that is so typical of SHOEI.

From the European Marketing team, we therefore extend a note of respect and appreciation to our factories.

To you as a motorcycle rider and customer, we emphasize that you will feel and enjoy this quality every time you put on your Shoei helmet.

Do not miss that pleasure.
Manufacturing of the 1st motorcycle helmets approved per JIS
GRV is awarded
Iwate Factory
Introducing of the 1st and still only true Dual Liner Ventilation system
Introducing of the detachable interior

2004 - Introduction of XR-1000 the model for the sports oriented touring rider
On our top range helmets, the shock absorbing liner is made of several parts.
Between them, there is a system of ventilation channels which can very effectively carry fresh air to the rider´s head, and vent out warm humid air.
You can replace it in seconds, and you can choose between different cheek pad sizes - what you get is a tailor-fit helmet, taking comfort to the maximum!

2003 - Introduction of Shoei's flagship helmet, the X-Spirit - the most advanced helmet in the world. Born, bred, and thoroughly tested on the racetrack, the X-Spirit combines more than 40 years of Shoei quality and craftsmanship with cutting edge technology to create a championship-quality helmet

2001 - Perfecting the line

2000 - Most advanced helmet ever made (fit, shell, vents)

1998 - Continued improvement in ventilation design introduction of removable and custom fit interior

1995 - New aerodynamic design and further improvements in ventilation

1992 - 1st and still only true Dual Liner Ventilation system

1991 - 1st coverless shield system defines ease of use and silence

1989 - State of the art Iwate factory built

1986 & 1987 - GRV is awarded for excellence in Design, first helmet to use carbon fiber and Kevlar.

1971 - Ibaraki factory became an authorized manufacturer of Japanese Industrial Standard J.I.S.

1968 - Shoei Safety Helmet Corp is established

1967 - Ibaraki factory was built

1965 - Honda Motor Co. 1st decided to adopt Shoei safety helmets as their genuine helmets

1960 - Tokyo factory commenced to manufacture 1st motorcycle helmets approved per JIS

1959 - 1st factory built in Arakawa-ku, primary products were construction helmets

1954 - Kamata Polyester Co. Founded

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