It is a fact: visors have been fogging up as long as we have been riding motorbikes. People have tried everything in all those years from soap suds to potatoes and even spit, but nothing provided a solution to have a fully fog free shield under the different conditions that a motorbike rider needs to cope with. Until Derek Arnold, an importer of motorbike helmets, had a flash of inspiration. His idea consisted of applying the double shield principle. An insert made of moisture-absorbing material was secured to the shield with pins, which ensured that an ‘air-tight chamber’ was created. In combination with the very good moisture-absorbing prosperities of the material that was used, this “Pinlock” system guaranteed that a fogged up shield was definitely something of the past. In addition to the high-quality material of the insert, the pins also ensured consumer convenience. The Pinlock pins can be adjusted and, therefore, ensure that the insert can be installed and replaced easily.
It is not difficult to imagine that Pinlock went through an enormous growth period during the years that followed and that it brought about a true revolution in the motorbike market. Herman de Boer was also appointed as Managing Director of Pinlock Systems B.V. as well as Derek Arnold to ensure that this boom could be properly managed and to ensure that Pinlock could develop further as a company. This professionalisation was partly responsible for Pinlock Systems B.V. setting up a special division to be able to also serve the police and military markets.
Pinlock’s mission is transparent and clear: to continue to innovate with new materials and ideas. On the one hand, this will take place by setting up a line of high-quality products under its own label. On the other hand, by producing customized solutions for Pinlock’s partners who are highly valued.