Mates history

Mates condoms logoWe are the 2nd largest condom manufacturer in the UK with a range of premium condoms, a loyal customer base and very strong brand awareness. Our brand has undergone numerous re-launches with some pretty impressionable and memorable campaigns some of which have won awards.

Richard Branson launched Mates condoms in the UK in 1987 to promote condoms to young adults at a low price point as awareness of HIV and AIDS grew. A year later Ansell, who were initially manufacturing the condoms for the Virgin brand, bought Mates.

Mates has evolved and developed to keep up with market changes, consumer demand and new product developments whilst always standing for safety and reliability. It is this consistency which has kept Mates a key player in the condom market. Mates can now be purchased in a variety of stores on the High Street, within major supermarkets, chemists and pharmacies.

About The Ansell Group

Ansell Ltd, formerly Pacific Dunlop Ltd, first commenced business in Australia in1905. Eric Ansell was employed at Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company and was asked to dismantle the plants condom making machine. Ansell saw an opportunity and set the machine up in a small rented house.

Today, Ansell Ltd is a world leader in the design, supply, and marketing of barrier protection products and services. Ansell are an international manufacturer of condoms and own a variety of brands around the world – Mates in the UK, Lifestyles in the USA & Australia, and Manix in France to name but a few.

Our operations are organized into three business segments - Professional Healthcare (medical examination and surgical gloves), Occupational Healthcare (industrial and consumer protective gloves), and Consumer Healthcare (condoms).

We manufacture our products at eighteen factories in seven countries selling in more than 100 countries.The majority of our factories are located in Southeast Asia in order to be close to the rubber tree plantations - our source of natural latex.


Mates Quality Charter

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Mates reputation for fault-free products is not the result of mere chance but of rigorous manufacturing processes and a strict programme of tests and quality checks. Such perfectionism has not gone unnoticed, and the company is proud of its CE and BSI Kitemark credentials together with its ISO certifications.

International Standard ISO 4074 : 2002 for male condoms manufactured in latex.

The ISO 4074 : 2002 standard involves strict conformity to rigorous procedures demanded by manufacturers.

Every product marketed in Europe has to satisfy the rigorous demands of ISO standards and to have been awarded the CE stamp of approval.

The tests demanded by ISO 4074 : 2002 are as follows :

Specifications relating to the size of the condoms

Volume and bursting pressure

Strength and durability

Correct labelling and packaging.

This standard is a major indicator of quality, and all of our products at Mates meet its demands without difficulty.

BSI Kitemark for male latex condoms.

The BSI Kitemark mark of quality is the most rigorous in the field, as it imposes checks on every batch of condoms produced. Thanks to such standards and checks, you can be confident of using a condom that is of excellent quality and is as safe as it can be made to be.