Tuesday, 27 April 2010

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Simonis Appoint Lifestyle Leisure

Iwan Simonis, the Belgian manufacturers of the world famous Simonis billiard cloth, have appointed Lifestyle Leisure Products Ltd as "Official Importers and Distributors" of their range of billiard cloth.

Lifestyle Leisure is owned by Stan McKenna and his son David who between them have over 40 years experience in supplying the trade with pool table products. The company is based in Stockport near Manchester in the North West of England

Simonis have been established since 1680 and the whole of their production is focused solely on producing high quality cloth for the Pool, Snooker and Carom market throughout the world.

Pool table operators will already be familiar with the Simonis 760 speed cloth which sets the quality benchmark for all other speed cloths. The 760 is known for its accurate and consistent playing surface and most importantly for operators, its long lasting durability.

Perhaps not as well known to operators but certainly the chosen cloth for most American pool competitions throughout the world is the Simonis 860 pool cloth " The Cloth of Champions". The 860 is a blend of 90% wool and 10% nylon and is used in competitions such as the World Pool Masters and the Mosconi Cup and is the chosen cloth for the GB9 UK Tour events featuring all the top UK Professionals and Amateurs. Most of the televised American and International pool events shown on Sky Sports feature the Simonis 860 cloth.

Lifestyle's Stan McKenna said " We are delighted with our appointment as Simonis distributors as it fits perfectly with our strategy of only supplying the finest billiard products available. We recently visited the Simonis factory in Verviers, Belgium and were hugely impressed with the care and attention that goes into the production of each roll of cloth. Simonis cloth is the world brand leader for speed cloth and American pool cloth and we know we can sell with the confidence that trade and retail customers alike will be receiving the finest, most accurate long lasting pool cloth."

Bernard Bollette, the Commercial Director of Simonis commented " We have sold into the UK market for over 30 years and are proud of the reputation we have achieved especially with our 760 cloth to operators. We are confident that our new agreement with Stan and David will take our reputation to a new level. Lifestyle will be stocking the Simonis 760 and 860 cloths in a wider colour range than ever before and with their excellent level of service we look forward to increased sales into the UK market and the extra exposure the Simonis brand will receive through press, website and trade exhibitions."

The first consignment of cloth arrives at the beginning of April and will be supplied in cut bed and cushion sets or by the metre or roll