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Hainsworth acquires Northern Rubber

The world’s leading manufacturer of snooker cloth, Hainsworth, has acquired the Northern Rubber brand and business from Icon Polymer for an undisclosed sum, expanding its expertise in the cue sports market.

Northern Rubber supplies rubber cushions to leading snooker and pool table manufacturers across the world and its products have been fitted to championship tables used in all major worldwide snooker tournaments.

Icon Polymer’s specialist manufacturing facilities in Retford will continue to produce the rubber cushions, but the brand will now be marketed by cue sports cloth specialist, Hainsworth.

Adam Hainsworth, director of Hainsworth said: “We are committed to producing the best professional playing surfaces for cue sports tables and, widely recognised for cushioning some the world’s finest tables, the Northern Rubber brand is the ideal fit for our business. Adopting a unified approach to the international marketplace strengthens the position of both brands and we look forward to a successful partnership.”

Neal Hillier, sales director at Icon Polymer added: “Northern Rubber’s cushion expertise goes back to 1916, and we feel that Hainsworth, with its 225 year heritage and strong position in the market place, is the best custodian of the Northern Rubber brand. We look forward to working with Hainsworth to expand the market for our cue sports rubbers.”

Hainsworth produces a wide range of napped wool pool and snooker cloth, all manufactured for durable wear and optimum performance. Available in a range of colours and sizes to match the design of any table, the cloths are the specified choice for generations of world class professional players.

June 2010

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