Our History

Time Line

1947

Howard Head developes the first laminated metal ski (launched in 1951/52)

1950

HEAD Ski COMPANY, INC is founded in Timonium, Maryland, USA

1966

HEAD Sportswear International is founded

1967

Howard Head retires

1969

HEAD starts the production of aluminium-framed tennis rackets

1970/71

AMF Inc. acquires the Head companies and Tyrolia binding (located in Schwechat, Austria, originally founded in 1847) and Mares diving division, Rapallo, Italy, (founded in 1949), which collectively became known as AMF´s Sports Product Group.

1985

Irvin Jacobs and his Minstar Group acquires AMF including the "Sports Product Group"

1989

Freeman Spogli & Co and a group of Japanese investors form HTM Sports Holding B.V. and acquire Sports Product Group through a leverage buy out (including management) followed by the acquisition of the predecessor of our ski boot company (former San Marco, Munari and Brixia).

1993

Acquisition of the HEAD Group by Austria Tabak, the then Austrian government-owned tobacco monopoly

1995

Johan Eliasch acquires the HEAD Group

1998

Head N.V. was formed as a Dutch Company
HEAD Group acquires DACOR (founded in 1954) based in the US

1999

HEAD Group acquires PENN Tennis Balls based in the US (founded in 1910)
HEAD Group acquires BLAX Generics (snowboard) based in Germany

2000

HEAD N.V. goes public on Vienna and New York Stock Exchange

2014

Acquisition of SSI dive certification, based in Germany
Acquisition of a ski bindings assembly company, based in Czech Republic



Currently the group has production facilities in Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Bulgaria and China.

Distribution companies are situated in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Poland, USA, Canada,
China, Australia, Japan and Philippines.