Arai – Heritage heritage

1908 Hirotake Arai, the eldest son of Yuichiroh Arai who manufactured hats for government officials and authorities and founder of Arai Helmet, was born in Tokyo.

1937 Hirotake Arai established the factory in the city of Ohmiya, Saitama and started a headgear manufacturing business.

July 22, 1938 Michio Arai, eldest son and current president, was born in Tokyo.

1948 Arai Sewing Company was established to manufacture T-shirts and blouses for export.

1949 Manufacture of headgear for the construction industry commenced.

1950 Hirotake Arai developed process for the manufacture of helmet shells by heat forming with resins.

1950 Arai Hirotake Shoten, Co., Limited was established in Ohmiya, Saitama.

1952 Hirotake Arai began manufacturing the first Fibre Reinforced Plastics (“FRP”) helmets in Japan.

1952 Arai Hirotake Shoten, Co., Limited became the Japan Industrial Standards (“JIS”) licensee, the first Japanese manufacturer, for construction workers’ helmets

1952 Arai Hirotake Shoten, Co., Limited became the first Japanese manufacturer of motorcycle helmets for professional off-road motorcycle racers

1956 Arai Hirotake Shoten, Co., Limited started production with the new trademark “HA” (HA came form the initials of the president’s name Hirotake Arai).

1958 HA started production of motorcycle helmets consisting of FRP outer shell and expanded polystyrene (“EPS”) inner shell that remains to this day helmet construction industry standard.

1959 Hirotake Arai established “bag molding” for manufacturing FRP shell with 2-piece, open-close, metal moulds, and the first open face helmet was designed and made with this manufacturing method.

1962 Michio Arai came back from the United States and joined Arai Hirotake Shoten, Co. helping his father’s business in the export division.

1963 HA produced the first Snell certified Japanese helmet.

1964 HA became Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) licensee for motorcycle helmets.

1967 Model R-6M was certified to Snell 1968 standard. First Japanese made full face helmet was introduced.

1971 New trademark, “Arai” was designed and registered.

1972 Introduction of the movable chin piece.

1973 “Arai Hirotake Shoten, Co. Limited” changed to “Arai Hirotake, Co., Limited”.

1977 Arai started motorcycle-racing support for a few Japanese professional motorcycle racers.

1978 Japanese emperor conferred decoration upon Hirotake Arai.

1979 First helmet model for exclusive off-road riding was introduced.

1980 One-touch, open-close face shield mechanism was developed and introduced on the market. Basic construction of this machanism became industry standard.

1983 Freddie Spencer won the World GP 500cc Road Race Championship as the first World Champion with Arai. Arai Racing Service introduced.

1984 Arai starts sponsorship of Formula One drivers (Keke Rosberg).

June 14, 1986 Company founder Hirotake Arai passes away and Michio Arai takes over his father’s company as the President of Arai.

December 1, 1986 Current company organisation was established, and its name was changed from “Arai Hirotake, Limited” to “Arai Helmet, Limited”.

1986/1987 season 26 out of the 28 Formula One drivers wear Arai.
Arai introduces AdSis (Advanced Shield Installation System) at the German Cologne show, being the first to offer visor change without the need for tools.

1990 Patented Super AdSis (SAL visor system) was applied as further developed version of AdSis.

1993 Arai become the first helmet manufacturer to introduce a full 5-Year Limited Warranty.

1996 Introduction of the RX-7 model. First model with the Diffuser ventilation system. This model set a new benchmark in motorcycle helmets.

1999 Arai ranks highest in the first J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study.

2005 Carbon fibre helmets mandatory in Formula One. Arai introduces its first carbon fibre helmet at Magny Cours: the GP-5 Racing Carbon (only available for Formula One drivers).

2006 Opening of the Arai Inspiration Centre (AIC), Hoevelaken, The Netherlands.

2006 Patented PB-SNC® Construction developed for the special Formula One helmets.

2006 Introduction of the VX-3 off-road helmet. First helmet with the Emergency Release System.

2008 Introduction of Arai’s first carbon fibre car helmet model for commercial use: GP-6 Racing Carbon.

2009 Arai are the first manufacturer to introduce the Max Vision visor on the market.

2010 More than 50% of the Formula One grid and 30% of the MotoGP riders wear Arai Helmets

2010 Introduction of Arai’s first carbon fibre motorcycle helmet model for commercial use: RX-7 Racing Carbon.

2011 For the 13th consecutive year Arai ranks number 1 in the J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study.