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LIMAR : 26 YEARS OF INNOVATION
Limar starts its activity exploiting its 20 years know-how experience in EPS shape- moulding for helmets. The new born Limar could, from its very birth, take advantage of the great experience in polystyrene moulding of its mother company MPE (Manifattura Polistirene Espanso). MPE had started several years before, one of the first in the sector, to expoit the in-mould technology and applications for other eps moulded products. It became therefore natural the transfer of such technology to its helmet production. The possibility of taking advantage of the great know-how of its Italian production, has allowed Limar to pursue the constant innovation target, and to achieve important goals in the sector: first of all lightness, that has such a primary role to have become the main mission of Limar.
After an intensive research and development period, Limar starts the realization of specially designed bike helmets.
Limar introduces the model Primo, one of the first cycling helmets characterised both by a great aerodynamic line as well as the application of a thermoformed EP shell (till then the white EPS shells were coloured or covered just by a lycra fabric). In addition the strap is provided with a anallergic and washable chin cover, an accessory that will be introduced on all Limar helmets for several years, a real must have!
Limar introduces the first world’s helmet made in the same colors of a team thanks to an innovative material called PETG. Team Gatorade was the first cycling team wearing a helmet with the same shirt colors.
Limar launches model F104, the world’s lightest bike helmet. It revolutionized all traditional standards.
Thanks to F104 ADI, the Italian Design Foundation awards Limar with the XVII Compasso d’Oro (Started in 1954, the Premio Compasso d'Oro ADI is the most ancient and the most influential world design prize).
Another important recognition for Limar with the assignment of the European Design Prize (The aim of the EDP is to stimulate awareness and use of design as an instrument of innovation and quality. It is sponsored by the European Commission Innovation Programme).
Thanks to the PC material, Limar creates the first In-Mould helmet. This new production process allows a great reduction in weight yet ensuring a great impact resistance to the helmet.
F107 is produced, the first in-mould helmet to be manufactured with the innovative double in-mould technology. The same solution is then applied also to the new F105, a clearly original helmet with the first cut tail design (seven years before, F104 was the first helmet with the aerodynamic pointed tail design). The most technologically advanced model of the year is for sure Limar F111, that besides the double-inmoulding technology becomes the expression of top know-how on protective helmets and best ventilation with its 37 vents.
Limar introduces the first wheel sizing system, light and easy to adjust, for perfect comfort and fit.
Limar launches PRO 104, the world’s lightest helmet , only 180 grams. This new goal is achieved thanks to Limar exclusive monocoque in-mould technology.
Limar introduces the brand new Ultralight PRO104. Its 170 grams weight makes it definitely the world’s lightest cycling helmet.
Limar overcomes its own world’s record in lightness by introducing the ULTRALIGHT at only 160 g.
Introduction of the new generation of Ultralight with Ultralight+ and the Superlight range.
In the same year Limar reinforces its European presence establishing Deutschland GmbH, with head office in Wiesbaden, founded as a service partner for the German and surrounding areas. The managers of the branch are Michael Hromada and Mario Von Pallandt.