Founded in 1958 by chairman Hyo Ick Lee, the company swung into full production of upright pianos under the brand name Horugel. This name would be used until the 1970s, when the Samik brand was introduced. A leading light in its domestic market, Samik became, in 1964, the first Korean company to export pianos, sending ten uprights to Hongkong. Output of uprights steadily grew and, spurred on by the Price of Piano Development awarded by the Korean Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1970, Samik became the first Korean manufacturer of grand pianos.
The following years were to be spent securing a position on the world stage, and resources were focused on expanding the company’s exports. Samik opened a branch in West Germany in 1980 and later entered a joint venture with the American Baldwin Piano and Organ Company.
The company has worked tirelessly since its founding to expand its production facilities. By the 1990s, after several changes in factories, the company could boast separate plants for upright, grand and digital piano production, all incorporating the latest development in machinery. In 1996 Samik opened a factory in Indonesia incorporating its own wood processing plan, were both uprights and grands are now built. With a new line of pianos for the millennium-and after just forty-four years producing musical instrument-Samik have come a long way in a short time, and look set to play a significant role in the future.
Dates and serial numbers when the pianos were manufactured