has manufactured first-quality broadcast cameras supports in Japan
since the infancy of television. In the 1970s DAIWA began importing
broadcast tripods and pan/tilt heads into the United States. Over
decades DAIWA developed a sturdy reputation for precise, careful quality
control, and solid performance both in Japan and the United States.
DAIWA recently merged with SLIK Corporation, a company with
over 50 years of experience in still and video camera support
production. Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Kenko Co.
Ltd of Tokyo Japan.
SLIK has a strong international brand for the still
photography and video market. Kenko has decided that consolidation under
one brand will enhance the efficiency of operations and provide an
economy of scale that neither division could achieve alone.
Continuing and future DAIWA products will be manufactured
under the SLIK brand name though the broadcast pan/tilt heads will use
DAIWA in their model numbers.
All model numbers from the previous
distributor have been discontinued and new model numbers assigned to
continuing products while new products have model numbers/names in
keeping with SLIK designations.
The Professional DAIWA products, DAIWA series heads, legs
and accessories are still made in the same DAIWA factory that is known
for producing durable, precise, high-quality broadcast TV camera
supports for decades.