JUBA® serving you since 1954
JUBA® was originally founded as a company manufacturing leather seat covers. It began making industrial gloves in 1950. This Rioja firm has been making unstoppable progress in its sector ever since.
Juan Bautista Barrios Ascorbe founded Guantes Juba as a section of a leather factory set up by his father, Manuel Barrios, specialised at the time in making leather seat covers for agricultural use. It began making ambidextrous gloves in a variety of tanned suede, particularly intended for heavy industry and mining applications in the North of Spain. Back in those days, it was making inroads into the automotive sector as suppliers to the first automotive factories setting up in Spain such as Renault or Seat.
Using the family tannery, manufacturing began on chrome tanned suede and they joined the Iberian market with the first American cut gloves or welders gloves that became popular for a wide range of applications. JUBA® became increasingly well-known in the industrial sector as the first firm that advertised its products in the specialist industrial magazines.
This decade's two major milestones were the move to the new plant on Carretera de Logroño in Santo Domingo de la Calzada in 1972, where production capacity was extended, and the launch of the first driving gloves on the Iberian market that really began to make a name for the brand.
The tanning factory was integrated into the facility at this point so that all processes took place on the same site. Imports also began timidly, being the first importer in Iberia of industrial leather gloves.
In the 80s the brand was well known nationally and began exporting to France and Portugal. At the end of the 1980s, Spain entered the European Economic Community and the commercial network of Spain and Portugal expanded. New synthetic gloves are timidly introduced. Increased prestige of the brand as a quality manufacturer and great brand penetration in most of the country's industrial segments.
It was a decade of strong expansion for the firm and in 1992 the second generation took over, led by Juan Pedro Barrios. Its quest for quality led the firm to become the first national company to certify its gloves with the CE marking after the European standard was introduced in 1995 for work gloves. The main milestones in this decade were intense range development, a joint venture in India to manufacture work gloves, the granting of a GORE-TEX® licence to manufacture fire-fighter gloves and sales of a range of protective clothing from 1996 onwards. The store was also extended twice to keep up with the strong sales growth over these years.
The new century marked the start of an era which embraced new glove manufacturing technology. There was a substantial increase in the seamless glove offer manufactured using knitting machines and special anti-shearing fibres were introduced. In 2006, the firm was awarded the licence for manufacturing and selling gloves manufactured with the Dyneema® fibre, allowing JUBA® to play in the top league for work glove manufacturing. Transfer to new offices with more room to accommodate the growing workforce. These were years of strong sales expansion. Exports to third countries and increasing presence in the retail channel were becoming a matter of fact.
International expansion and needs emerging in a new era led the family to negotiate its buy-out by the BUNZL Group - an English FTSE 100 company that has owned the group since May 2010. Despite the recession in the domestic market, these were years of plenty, entering new markets such as DIY and retail and clearly backing quality and range expansion. In Europe's more complex regulatory environment, the firm's bid for quality led to extending the laboratory and strengthening the quality team.
New licence for Gripazz® disposable gloves and launch of the Kasual® clothing line.
Company committed to people and environment. Committed to sustainability through our contribution to the Ecomar Foundation and release of a new range of Juba Nature gloves, plus reductions across the production chain.
New cut-resistant glove collection launched in 2020 under our K-Rock® proprietary label.
Inhouse process digitalisation is relentless and talent management means the Juba® team is constantly evolving to build on the firm’s history going forwards.