IST, founded in 1976, started out as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), producing quality masks and snorkels for well-known international brands. From that foundation, IST developed a solid reputation in supplying quality and reliable products in conjunction with their renowned, excellent back-up service. They earned many valuable partners worldwide along the way. But in their relentless quest to directly provide their customers with the product they are so proud of, and service they are so committed to, the company soon decided to establish its own brand maintaining their own name: enter IST Sports Corp.
Initially, IST produced mainly masks, snorkels and fins. However, their sights were set higher — on becoming a global entity as a comprehensive scuba gear supplier. Uncompromising energy was devoted to researching and developing new dive gear; their range and product line increased exponentially along with their excellent reputation. After many years of refining neoprene items (wetsuits, boots, gloves and more), leading-edge accessories, knives, bags, torches and finally hard gear, IST has become one of the word’s pre-eminent names in scuba gear and equipment. Today, IST has the unique ability to kit-out divers of any level, from head-to-toe, for virtually all profiles. And now, we have also added Apnea Freediving, Technical diving, and Commercial diving to create a deep and unparalleled product line.
After more than 35 years, IST dive equipment occupies an important presence in the major markets around the globe. Along with their North America distribution centre based in Los Angeles, California, as well as having entered into strategic partnership agreements with our distributors in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Australia / Oceania. Loyalty is paramount to the IST way of doing business – from the inception, the majority of our distributors, have enjoyed a continuous relationship with them. It’s a testament to their unflagging commitment to product quality and after-sales service.
Through trying economic climates, as well as prosperous ones, IST is confident in the solid strength of their product, service and relationships. Because of this, they will continually gain further market share, brand awareness and generate sales for their worldwide partners: They can proudly say that wherever there is diving, there is IST!
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