Head

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.


HISTORY


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.


HEAD TIME LINE


1950

  • HEAD Ski Company, INC is founded.

1955

  • HEAD Ski become the leading brand sold in the USA and Europe.

1960

  • Jean Claude Killy skies with HEAD Skis.

1971

  • HEAD becomes the first Ski and Tennis Company to use new manufacturing technology.

1975

  • Arthur Ashe wins Wimbledon with a HEAD composite racquet.

1987

  • HEAD diversifies into athletic footwear with the introduction of premium brand Radical Tennis Shoes.

1988

  • Racquet manufacturing is consolidated with the opening of a state-of-the-art plant in Austria.

1992

  • HEAD equipment wins Olmypic gold medals for Marc Rosset and Patrik Ortlieb.

1994

  • Andre Agassi wins the US Open with a HEAD racquet.

1996

  • With HEAD equipment Patrik Ortlieb wins the Worldcup Downhill Championship.
  • Andre Agassi wins Olympic Gold.

1997

  • HEAD introduces Titanium Tennis, the industry's first racquet to be made of titanium and graphite.

1998

  • Titanium Tennis becomes the world's best selling new racquet technology.

2000

  • HEAD introduces the HEAD Intelligence Racquet - Smarter Racquet - Better Game.
  • Agassi became only the fifth person in history to win all four Grand Slam titles.
  • Agassi wins the Australian Open.
  • Safin wins the US Open.

2001

  • HEAD Chipsystem is released.
  • Agassi wins the Australian Open.
  • Kuerten wins the French Open.
  • Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon.
  • Hannes Trinkl wins Ski World Championships, Downhill.
  • Palmer wins British Open.

2002

  • HEAD introduces the Intelligence Chip Technology for Skis.
  • HEAD introduces the Intelligence X Technology, the next level of intelligent racquet technology.
  • Safin finalist at the Australian Open.
  • Agassi finalist at the US Open.

2003

  • HEAD introduces the Intelligence Chip Technology for Snowboards.
  • HEAD introduces the Liquidmetal Technology - Pure Energy - Perfect Power.
  • Pure HEAD final at the Australian Open, Agassi wins against Schüttler.
  • Palmer wins British Open.
  • Grinham wins British Open.

2004

  • HEAD introduces the Full Custom System, "The perfect Boot".
  • HEAD introduces the Protect System - Tennis Ellbow Protection Technology.
  • Safin finalist at the Australian Open.
  • Myskina wins French Open.
  • Kuznetsova wins US Open.
  • Palmer wins British Open.
  • Grinham wins British Open.

2005

  • Liquidmetal is introduced as a new ski technology.
  • HEAD introduces the Flexpoint technology.
  • Marat Safin wins Australian Open.
  • Andre Agassi finalist at the US Open.
  • Natalie Grinham winner at the US Open.
  • Triple gold medal for Natalie Grinham at the Commonwealth Games.
  • HEAD National Junior Team wins 14 Gold medals at the Junior Olympic Championships.

2006

  • HEAD introduces Airflow and Metallix Technology and the HEAD tennis ball.
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova finalist at the French Open.
  • Donald Young youngest Tennis ITF Junior World Champion.
  • David Palmer 2nd time Squash World Champion.
  • Rachael Grinham wins US Open.

2007

  • HEAD introduces MicroGel Technology.
  • HEAD introduces full Badminton product line.

2009

  • HEAD introduces YouTek Technology.
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