Velbon expects 65 years anniversary and on this opportunity, let us look back on our company history together here.
Smart phone products
Launched newly invention of Smart phone products, which applied BlueTooth Technology with partners.
Launched brand new Factory in Thilawa, Special Economic. Zone in Myanmar.
UT 43D “Gear of the Year 2012”
UT 43D won the “GEAR OF THE YEAR 2012” in U.K.
UT 43Q as a best Tripod by “Digi CAPA”
UT 43Q was chosen as a best Tripod by “Digi CAPA”, issued in Japan on the field of “Compact Tripod”.
VS-443D acquired Best Award
VS-443D acquired the Best Award of “Editors’ Choice.” in U.S.A.
Ultra Rexi L(A) is chosen as “Best Tripod
Ultra Rexi L(A) is chosen as “Best Tripod” by the “Digital Photo TESTSIEGER” in Germany.
Mar.2009:Launched GEO series into markets.
Received the title of Famous Brand
Received the title of famous brand from Guanduang local government.
Launched FHD-51Q which is dubbed “True Fluid Head” into markets to aim at Birders.
Established a joint corporation with Haozhan
Established a joint corporation with Haozhan in Zhongshan city as a Second factory.
Mar.2005:Celebrated 50th Anniversary of Velbon.
Became a formal OEM-Partner
Became a formal OEM-Partner of a big general electric manufacturer and announced environment-friendly policy. The company name was changed to “Velbon Corporation”.
Launched ULTRA MAXi F & ULTRA LUXi F
Launched ULTRA MAXi F and ULTRA LUXi F into markets. These new ULTRA series are capable of functioning at low-angles.
Launched El Carmange
Launched El Carmange into Japanese market which has been enjoying good reputations because of handy flip-lock system.
Launched ULTRA MAXi
Launched ULTRA MAXi into markets. Direct Contact Pipe System (PAT. No.6761501), Trunnion Shaft System, 4-Way Panhead(Patent No.6644871), Compact Storage (Patent No.6712322) Unbelievable Extension Ratio of 4.4:1. Only Velbon could achieve such an amazing performance!
Introduced ULTRA MAXi
Introduced ULTRA MAXi which adopts state-of-the-art Direct-Contact-Pipe system, for 5-section legs at Photokina. Its folded length of 35cm, can be extended to an amazing height, 155 cm.
Launched MAXi347GB which boasts of Trunnion Shaft System into markets. Its panhead(PHD-31Q) is uniquely designed as 4-way which provides photographers with optimum shooting conditions with strobe lights.
New Office Building in Tokyo
Built an office building at Nogata and moved Headquarters from Shinjuku to that building.
Launched Neo Carmange 830 & 840
Launched Neo Carmange 830 & 840 which adopts Inner-Jut-Pipe System(Patent No.6830227) and magnesium-made PH-285 into markets. Inner-Jut-System prevents carbon legs from unwanted turning when locking or loosening. Inner-Jut-Pipe System is patented.
Launched MAXi343E which boasts of Trunnion Shaft Systems into markets.
Introduced Trunnion Shaft System
Introduced Trunnion Shaft System(Patent No.6536723) at Photokina 2000 and presented a MAXi-343E to Mr. Herbert Keppler, Vice President and Chief Editor of Popular Photography Magazine, which received significant attention worldwide.
Launched numbers of magnesium-made accessories
Launched numbers of magnesium-made accessories continuously and enjoyed good reputations in markets. Owning to these results, we reached the stage which other tripod-manufacturers have been unable to.
Delegated sales rights of USA to HAKUKBA USA INC. and liquidated “Velbon International Corporation”.
Launched magnesium-panhead, which changed the concept of conventional tripod by realization of extremely light-weight tripods, using the combination of magnesium-panhead and carbon-fibre tripod.
Introduced 3-D CAD systems into R&D dept.
Introduced 3-dimension CAD systems into R&D dept. in order to reinforce development of products. The systems enable us to design in various/detailed ways with expedition and intensity.
Launched QRA-635 made from magnesium
Launched QRA-635(Quick Shoe) made from magnesium, which has been enjoying a big success.
Launched ultra-light weight Carmagne640
Launched ultra-light weight Carmagne640, which is made of carbon fibre and magnesium, and revolutionized tripod industry in terms of material.
Launched Mountain Chaser with S.R.C. method
Launched Mountain Chaser with S.R.C. method, which divides a gear-elevatior into two sections for the first time in the world and has been enjoying bursting popularity. S.R.C. method is patented.
Increased the capital by US$250,000
Increased the capital by US$250,000, which made the total capital of US$1.29 million.
United two Taiwan factories
United two Taiwan factories into “Shun Ma Sheng Enterprises Co., Ltd.”
Established “Velbon Zhongshan Co., Ltd.
Established “Velbon Zhongshan Co., Ltd.”at Industry Zone in Zhongshan City Guangdong, China.
Introduced CAD Systems into R&D dept. for higher efficiency.
Introduced Mark-7 for professional camera users
Introduced Mark-7 for professional camera users and started enjoying good reputation from commercial photographers. Established the third factory in Taiwan, Shun Ma Sheng Enterprise Co., Ltd in Pington Prefecture.
Koichiro(Ken)Nakatani was appointed as President
Koichiro(Ken)Nakatani was appointed as President of Velbon Tripod Co., Ltd. And its capital was increased to \12 millions.
Established another factory inside Nantsu
Established another factory inside Nantsu Export Processing Zone in Taiwan in order to cope with increasing demand.
Established a factory inside Kaohsiung Export Processing Zone in Taiwan.
Established “Velbon Trading Co., Ltd”
Established “Velbon Trading Co., Ltd” for concentrating on domestic sales in Japan.
Established Velbon International Corporation in a suburb of Los Angeles, USA, as a manufacturing facility, which functioned as sales office for USA market.
Company name changed to “Velbon Tripod Co., Ltd.”
Had a Velbon booth at Photokina 1970 for the first time and tried to enlarge overseas markets.
Established a factory in Yamanashi prefecture
Established a factory in Yamanashi prefecture. This facility had die-cast machines, paint-booths and other machines which were necessary for manufacturing tripods.
Built Velbon-building at the site of Nogata factory and started domestic sales in Japan.
Established a factory in Kodaira City, a suburb of Tokyo.
Established a factory in a suburb of Tokyo, Nogata factory.
The trademark was registered as Velbon. Started selling photographic tripods, patented VS-3 Which received worldwide attention.
The company name was changed to “Misuboshi photographic Industry Co., Ltd.”
Established “Mitsuboshi Co., Ltd.”
Mr.Koma Nakatani founded it as “Mitsuboshi Co., Ltd.” With capital of \1.5 million.