We are delighted to announce the partnership between the IPA and the Simonis Group (owners of the Strachan brand) that will result in the IPA using the powder blue Strachan 861 cloth (by Simonis) until at least the end of the 2018 season, for all its events. The cloth, with its superb playability, will also give the sport its own unique identity, bringing the image into the 21st century with its modern look and feel.
From a player’s perspective, the cloth is more responsive which means a wider range of shots can be played compared to a napped cloth. Being nap free also ensures no roll offs (from finger marks) and it plays at a higher, consistent level for longer.
It’s ideal for club owners also, with its spill resistant coating to help those accidents that sometimes happen, requires no ironing (just brushing), and lasts at least as long than its napped counterpart.
IPA Chairman Kevin Barton said “we are absolutely delighted and excited that we are able to formally announce this new partnership with the Simonis Group – another first for the IPA, which means that the Strachan 861 cloth will be used at all IPA competitions, following on from the success of the World Series events in 2016 and the 2017 World Championships. The Strachan 861 offers us the right speed, consistency and control that all players require in order to perform at the very highest levels. This a major transformation for the sport we all love but absolutely the right change to make on so many levels and represents a huge step forward for the IPA”.
Simonis Commercial Director Bernard Bollette said “The Iwan Simonis Group is the home of the 3 leading cuesport brands : the leading manufacturer of Simonis ™ premium quality worsted billiard cloth, also home of Saluc, the manufacturer of Aramith ™ balls and global leader in billiard balls, and since early 2016, the home of WSP Textiles Ltd, the leading manufacturer of premium quality woollen cloth and the brand reference for Blackball pool with its Strachan signature.
We are extremely delighted to have this cloth as the official cloth material of all IPA events with the IPA striving to take the professional game to the next level by giving the professionals the conditions that they deserve”