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The Original Line of Tripods, Since 1948

SLIK has been quietly designing and manufacturing high-quality tripods for more than 60 years.
SLIK has won 6 prestigious Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) “Good Design” (G-Mark) awards.
SLIK’s original and innovative designs have become industry standards.
Check out the quality and heritage of SLIK tripods, monopods and heads thru online and at your local camera stores.

History

  • 1948

    Birth of SLik Tripod

    Mr.Takatoshi Shiraishi, a mechanical engineer and photography enthusiast, began designing and creating his own tripods by himself in the suburb of Tokyo, Japan when he was 23 years old.
    The first brand name was “ALPS” and then, it had been changed to “SLICK” in the beginning of 1950s.

  • 1956

    Incorporation of a company

    Mr.Shiraishi founded SLICK Elevator Tripod Co., Ltd. and at the same time, SLICK introduced “SLICK Master” tripod for professional and press photographers especially.

  • 1963

    Change of Company Name

    The company name was changed to SLICK Tripod Co., Ltd.
    SLICK introduced a unique multi-action head which could get any angles with one pan handle.

  • 1967

    Construction of New Hidaka Factory

    The “Hidaka” factory was constructed newly in Saitama Prefecture, Japan for the mass production. SLICK “Master Deluxe” and SLICK “Goodman Ace” tripods received “Good Design Awards” (G-Mark) by The Ministory of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Japan.
    SLICK Tripod Sales Co., Ltd. was created as a separate business entity from SLICK Tripod Co., Ltd. to focus exclusively on sales of the products.

  • 1974

    new SlIK Logo

    The letter of “SLICK” in our company name was changed to “SLIK”.

  • 1977

    Multi-function System

    SLIK startec to sell the new model “88M” tripod, which has various functions that are commonplace today, such as the simple movement from low position to high position, lever leg locks, quick release shoe system, etc.
    It received “Good Design Award”(G-Mark) by the MITI of Japan in this year.

  • 1987

    SLIK America,inc.

    SLIK America, Inc. was established in New York, U.S.A. for the sales in U.S. market.

  • 1988

    Slik (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

    Slik(Thailand) Co., Ltd. as established and a factory constructed in the suburb of Bangkok, thailand to meet the increasing demands for good quality inexpensive tripods without using any outside manufacturing.
    The unique trigger style Ball Head “AF2100” received “Good Design Award” (G-Mark) by the MITI of Japan.

  • 1989

    SLIK Corporation

    Slik Tripod Sales Co., Ltd. merged back into Slik Tripod Co., Ltd. and the single company was named SLIK CORPORATION.

  • 1994

    U-series Tripods

    SLIK tripod model “U 8000” (made in Thailand factory) received “Good Design Awards”(G-Mark) by The MITI of Japan.

  • 1997

    New Ball Head & A.M.T. Tripods

    SLIK “Ball Head 800” (made in Thailand factory) received “Good Design Awards”(G-Mark) by The MITI of Japan. Introduction of the new alloy of SLIK A.M.T. (Aluminum, Magnesium and Titanium) and then, started sales of our tripod model “PRO 700DX” and monopod “PRO POD 600” using this new alloy in the legs.

  • 1999

    Carbon Fiber Products

    Begun the production and sales of new Carbon Fiber tripod model “PRO 803CF”, “PRO 804CF” and monopod “PRO POD 380”.

  • 2001

    New SLIK

    Became a member of Kenko Co., Ltd. (now, KenkoTokina Co., Ltd.)

  • 2012

    The 2nd Factory in Thailand

    The 2nd factory in Thailand was opend at Saraburi,
    Thailand after the heavy damage by large-scale flood at the original first factory at Navanakorn in 2011.

  • 2014

    SLIK BLUE

    SLIK decided to make the image color of the product BLUE. Since then, SLIK BLUE has been adopted as the accent color of the product.

  • 2016

    SLIK original travel tripod; LiTE series had been introduced at Photokina 2016. SLIK patented “R.F.M.” eases inverting tripod legs for compact storage.

  • 2018

    TO THE NIGHTLY SKY & TIME-LAPSE

    SLIK expands product range to the astronomical photography. ASTRA sky tracker is the ideal piece for not only astronomical photography but also unique time-lapse shooting.

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SLIK CORPORATION

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853 Kayama, Hidaka City, Saitama, 350-1231 Japan
TEL. 81-42989-0990 / FAX. 81-42-989-2444
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