Right On Cue – The Tables Covered
Innovation and diversification have been the twin drivers enabling traditional Leeds-based woollen manufacturer Hainsworth to survive successive recessions and to flourish.
The Stanningley company entered the world of snooker 40 years ago, with a range of cloths fashioned from the finest Merino wool. Acknowledged as the fastest cloths in the world, they are designed for durability and performance with a precise directional nap finish.
They have since become the cloths of choice for generations of world class snooker and pool players – world champion John Higgins, currently defending his title at the World Championships in Sheffield, always makes sure Hainsworth cloth is used on his personal table.
“Snooker cloth by Hainsworth, the world’s fastest cloth with the greatest ball control” said snooker World Champion, John Higgins, last year. Tom Hainsworth, managing director at Hainsworth commented: “Our entire range of pool and snooker cloth is created using the finest Merino wool and is carefully manufactured to provide the best durability and performance, making it the cloth of choice for a number of world-class players and tournaments across the world.
“Our expertise in this sector is supported by continued investment into the latest processing and finishing technology. This ensures we remain at the forefront of the industry, achieving the highest levels of playing performance and a long lasting appearance.”
While green baize remains the staple product in the range, it has been expanded into an extensive collection of different colours to suit tables of any size and Hainsworth has also pioneered the production of printed billiard, snooker and pool cloths. Now responsible for a hefty percentage of the company’s £13.5 million turnover, the division has expanded to include a range of table accessories such as protective table covers, lifting straps, personalised cues and chalk blocks and a host of associated promotional items.
From the hush of the snooker table, it was a short step to developing a range of baize cloths for card and casino tables, with the specialised printing handled in-house. The high specification cloths have also proved ideal as cabinet linings in many prestigious buildings, including Windsor Castle and the House of Commons and there’s a steady demand for the green baize for conference tables and notice boards.
The Hainsworth range of napped wool pool and snooker cloths are available in a wide range of colours and sizes to match any design of table.
Hainsworth are very pleased to have John Higgins the current 2009 world snooker champion as one of their supporters, who appreciates the Hainsworth quality.