A Vision For Something More

It all started back in the 1970s when Gene Hong, originator of the Caiman® style glove, decided “enough was enough” and that there had to be a better glove out there for welders. His focus was on comfort and dexterity, two things that typically are not found in standard welding gloves. While these two elements go hand-in-hand, they require advanced pattern engineering as well as high-quality materials to successfully achieve both aspects. And just in case the bar was not set high enough, Gene also wanted the glove to look good.

As a seasoned safety professional, Gene knew that comfortable PPE that fits well and looks good is worn more often by workers. So, he decided that if he couldn’t find a glove that delivered on all of these aspects, then he was determined to design it – which is exactly what he did. By combining these three elements, Gene introduced the Caiman® style of welding gloves that took the industry by storm, offering premium-performing welding gloves with a level of style, comfort and dexterity that no one else in the market could touch. They naturally were an instant success and had key industry-leading features including a patented 3D design with Kontour™ fit technology and reinforced patches on palms for enhanced durability.

But Gene didn’t stop there: he applied this same thought process to other PPE categories including high performance gloves and protective clothing, further solidifying Caiman’s position as a provider of innovative and unique safety products. With more than 37,000,000 products sold and over 2,000,000 customers served, Gene’s vision for something more was exactly what the market didn’t know it needed and thus, garnered a very loyal following over the years.


In 2020, Primax Manufacturing & Trading Inc. along with its leading Caiman® brand was acquired by PIP®. We share in Gene’s vision of providing workers with premium-performing PPE that combines industry-leading features with an unmatched level of style, comfort and dexterity. Along with members of the original team, significant investments in marketing and sales have been made to get Caiman® premium welding gloves to all welders across the globe.

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