HEAD Sales B.V. is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of premium sports equipment and apparel. It's organized into five divisions: Winter Sports, Racquet Sports, Diving and Sportswear .The Company´s key products have attained leading market positions based on sales and reputation and have gained high visibility through their use by many of today´s top athletes.
Founded in Maryland but headquartered in Amsterdam, Head has been manufacturing tennis racquets since the 1960’s. Arthur Ashe and his Head tennis racquet defeated Jimmy Conners at Wimbledon in 1975, since then, Head has been a household name for all avid tennis players. Since Arthur Ashe, dozens of top tennis pros have used a Head tennis racket to master the game of tennis. Among those pros are Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic and many more.
Head continues to be a leader of introducing new materials that revolutionize tennis. In 1997, the company of Head created both titanium and graphite tennis racquets. More and more players are winning grand slam tennis tournaments using head racquets. Players like Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have all won grand slam tournaments using a Head tennis racquet.
The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950 by aeronautical engineer Howard Head, after he took a ski trip and was astonished to see his skis were made of wood in an era when metals and plastics were replacing wood in many product designs. Head Ski Company includes parts of several previously independent companies, including Head Ski Company, founded in Delaware in 1950 and Tyrolia, an Austria ski-equipment manufacturer. Head Skis produced one of the first successful metal-wood composite downhill skis, the Head Standard.
The Head Standard ski quickly became the "standard" in skiing, until it and other Head designs were capturing over 50% of the US market during the 1960s. With an up and coming ski design many other companies started to follow in the footsteps of Head Skis, by starting to make the switch from wood constructed skis to using metals and plastics to improve the performance of the sport .
When combining HEAD's philosophy "Advanced Performance through Superior Technology", with the experience in creating Watersport products at MARES, there can only be one result: HEAD Swimming.
Mares was founded in 1949 by former Istrian diver Ludovico Mares, who served in the Austrian Navy during World War I.
Every solution Mares offers represents the forefront of today’s technology and is the result of the best in Italian design. A complete passion for the sea and an all-encompassing vocation implanted in the history of its legendary founder is felt continually at a powerful level by everyone on the Mares staff. Mares has always been the best the diving industry has to offer. We will continue striving towards greater design and innovative technology.
Over the past 66 years Mares has developed a total of four different brands to meet the needs for every person with a passion for watersports. As we progress towards the future, we will continue our research and design for new products to meet the needs and desires of all those who have a passion for the sea.