For 109 years the Austrian family business ESKA has specialised in the development and manufacturing of gloves. Creating uncompromising protection against thermal heat, cuts, absolute hygiene and careful workmanship by master craftsmen have led to the fact that firefighters from Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia cannot go without the ESKA brand if they want to reliably protect their hands. The Upper Austrian company has long applied this successful concept to gloves for technical assistance and occupational safety. Firefighters, police officers, soldiers and other authorities as well as winter and summer sport athletes from all over the world rely on quality products from ESKA in order to be optimally equipped to fulfil their duties to the best of their ability.
Direct handling on site
In Australia ESKA is leading the market for structural firefighting, which is down to the local support and the professional on-site management delivered by ESKA AUSTRALIA P/L. From our ESKA Australia stocking warehouse the firefighting gloves are shipped to all customers throughout Australia/New Zealand via our comprehensive distributor network. By committing stock and resources in Australia this allows fast order processing from the other side of the world to ensure our gloves are readily available to our locally acquired customer base.
From vision to mission
‘The hands are among the most important tools of the human body. To protect them in the best possible way was the vision of our company founder over 100 years ago. We are happy to carry this motto into the future,’ says Managing Director Paul Loos, who is a fourth-generation family member to lead the company. The vision has long since become a successful mission. The glove manufacturers from Austria keep going down paths that no one has trodden before, pushing the boundaries of manufacturing and craftmanship and leaving lasting traces around the globe. In the case of firefighting gloves in Australia, ESKA has a healthy market share by bringing the design of the Fire Industry gloves into the 21st century. And the trend is rising! ESKA is one of the few glove manufacturers worldwide and the only one in Austria.
Innovation to creation
Firefighter and emergency service gloves must guarantee protection and comfort even under extreme conditions. For this reason, ESKA has developed its own work and cut protection programme, which is constantly being refined in cooperation with customers and suppliers. ‘An important part of our job is to know the country-specific needs and standards. Every glove is meticulously and precisely quality checked at our company headquarters in Thalheim near Wels, Austria before it is shipped worldwide,’ emphasises the company boss. Production takes place in our certified manufacturing facilities in Austria and Hungary, with 99% of the materials coming from Europe. Patents, certification and international awards underline ESKA’s path as an innovation driver in the industry.
Homemade quality assurance
The raw materials are inspected in-house and by independent, accredited testing institutes to insure the upmost quality. Regular internal and external audits of the production facilities supplement ESKA’s package of quality assurance measures and ensure that our customers receive nothing but the best. ‘The memory of bad quality lasts longer than the joy of low price,’ ESKA Sales Manager Raimund Sekyra is certain.
ESKA product groups
- PROFESSIONAL: Fire brigade, technical assistance, industrial safety, police, public authority and military gloves
- LUXURY: Elegant leather gloves
- SPORTS: Gloves for winter sports, mountaineering, cycling, motorcycling and multifunctional gloves