MIPS is a company that specializes in helmet-based safety and brain protection and is a world-leader in this area. Based on an ingredient brand model, the MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is sold to the global helmet industry. The solution, which is patented in all relevant markets, is based on 20 years’ research and development together with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Number of sold units during 2020
Approx. 7 million
Helmet models using MIPS as per 2020
Brand partners as per 2020
Over 100

Rotational motion

From a historical point of view, helmets have been designed to protect against energies and forces arising from a linear influence, with the principle aim of protecting against skull fractures, which is mirrored in current regulatory certification standards that at present do not take into account rotational motion from an angled impact to the head. However, the human brain is more sensitive to rotational motion than linear movements.

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Research & development

The MIPS R&D efforts comprise one of the cornerstones of our commercial success and our opinion is that we possess market-leading expertise regarding developments and processes in our product area. Our goal is to create a climate within the organisation that fosters knowledge development and creativity to inspire co-workers to develop new solutions and/or ideas with the assistance of an established and structured development method.

MIPS History

In 1995 Hans von Holst, a Swedish brain surgeon work-ing at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, began examining how standard helmets were designed, as he was convinced that the helmets generally availa-ble were not providing sufficient protection against brain injuries. Hans von Holst contacted KTH (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm) with a view to launching research into preventing head and neck injuries, which resulted in Peter Halldin, a student at the institute, commencing his doctorate on the biomechanics of injuries to the head and neck.

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