Head NV is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports equipment. A technology driven company, Head’s motto is “Superior Performance Through Superior Technology”.
Head’s current operations are organized into four divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving and Licensing. Within these divisions they have created or acquired some of the most recognizable brands in the sporting goods market. Currently they manufacture tennis, squash, paddle and racquetball racquets, tennis balls, tennis footwear, badminton products, alpine skis, ski bindings and ski boots, snowboards, bindings and boots.
Head hold leading positions in all of their product markets and their products are endorsed by some of the world’s top athletes including Richard Gasquet, Karim Darwish, Novac Djokovic, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, Ivan Ljubicic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Patty Schnyder, Amelie Mauresmo, Hermann Maier, Bode Miller, Didier Cuche, Marco Büchel, Patrick Staudacher, Maria Riesch, Elisabeth Görgl, Sarka Zahrobska, Jon Olsson and Gianluca Genoni.
Head products are sold through over 29,000 accounts including pro shops, specialty sporting goods stores and mass merchants in over 85 countries around the world.
Head was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1950 by Howard Head, an aircraft engineer who invented the first metal ski. Shortly after the invention, Head became the leading ski manufacturer in the U.S. and U.K.; it was the primary product of the company during the 1950s and 1960s.
In the late Sixties, a tennis division was created when Howard Head figured out a way of strengthening the racquet by introducing the aluminium frame. The idea became a success and was first introduced in the 1969 U.S. Open. Also in 1969, Head signed Olympic champion ski racer Jean-Claude Killy to endorse a new metal and fiberglass ski, the Killy 800. Head subsequently developed an entire product line of Killy skis.
In 1967, Howard Head hired Harold Seigle as company president, and became the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Despite the company's success, AMF took over the company in 1969 and Howard Head retired. Mr. Head later worked as chairman to Prince, Head's main rival in the tennis sector, and developed the innovative "oversized" tennis racquet, the primary design for the modern tennis racquet. After Howard Head's departure, one of the tennis players that Head sponsored, Arthur Ashe, won Wimbledon, defeating favoured Jimmy Connors in 1975. Also during the 1970s, Head acquired a diving manufacturer, Mares, and a ski binding company, Tyrolia.
In 1987 Head started making athletic footwear, and introduced the "Radical Tennis Shoes". The following year, Head opened a new plant in Austria to produce more tennis racquets.
In 1997, Head had a major breakthrough, creating the first titanium and graphite tennis racquet. The racquet technology became an instant bestseller. Over the next two years, Head acquired three more companies, DACOR, BLAX, and Penn.
Penn manufactures the #1 selling tennis ball and racquetball in America, and is currently the only tennis ball manufacturer to produce balls in the USA. Penn tennis balls are used in 10 of the Top 14 tennis tournaments in the world, while Penn racquetballs are the official ball of the IRT and U.S. Racquetball Association.
In 2007, Head launched a new modern look for the brand and started making badminton gear, including racquets, bags, shoes, and apparel. They also modified their logo, giving it a new attitude, the type is thicker and more powerful.
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