String Manufacturers - How many - location

Discussion in 'Strings' started by cdoug, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. cdoug

    cdoug Guest

    Does anyone how many tennis string factories there are in the world.

    What if there are only about three and they do repackaging and marking so that many of the strings sold by different brands are essentially the same?
     
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  2. rasajadad

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    Alpha Racquet Sports
    7208 McNeil Drive, Suite 207
    Austin, TX 78729
    USA
    Phone: +1-800-922-9024
    Fax: +1-512-250-1127
    E-mail: info@alphatennis.com
    URL: www.alphatennis.com

    Ashaway
    P.O. Box 549
    Ashaway Rhode Island 02804
    USA
    Phone: +1-401-377-2221
    Fax: +1-401-377-9091
    E-mail: sales@ashawayusa.com
    URL: www.ashawayusa.com

    Babolat VS
    93 Rue Andre-Bollier
    F-69007 Lyon 69007
    France
    Phone: +33-4 78 69 78 69
    Fax: +33-4 78 69 78 79
    E-mail:
    URL: www.babolat.com

    Blue Star c/o Racquet Sports Unlimited
    Phone: +1-802-879-0301
    Fax: +1-802-879-4281
    E-mail: bluestarstrings@bluestarstrings.com
    URL: www.bluestarstrings.com

    Bow Brand
    Highgate
    King's Lynn
    Norfolk
    PE30 1PT
    UK
    Phone: +44-1553-772943
    Fax: +44-1553-762887
    E-mail: sales@bowbrand.co.uk
    URL: www.bowbrand.co.uk

    Cordatec
    22 Marlborough Road
    Southend-on-Sea
    SS1 2UA
    UK
    Phone: +44-1702-613339
    Fax:
    E-mail: strings@cordatec.com
    URL: www.cordatec.com

    Dunlop Slazenger Group Ltd
    Maxfli Court
    Riverside Way
    Camberley
    Surrey GU15 3YL
    UK
    Phone: +44-1276-803399
    Fax: +44-1276-671540
    E-mail:
    URL: www.dunlopsportsonline.com

    Emerson Corporation
    341, Bhoor - 203 001
    Bulandshahr
    Uttar Pradesh
    India
    Phone: +91-(5732)-221863
    Fax: +91-(5732)-221863
    E-mail: emersoncor@hotmail.com
    URL: www.indiamart.com/globalgut

    Forten Corporation
    7815 Silverton Avenue Suite 2A
    San Diego, CA 92126
    USA
    Phone: +1-858-693-9888
    Fax: +1-858-693-0888
    E-mail: info@forten.com
    URL: www.forten.com

    Gamma Sports
    200 Waterfront Drive
    Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15201
    USA
    Phone: +1-412-323-0335
    Fax: +1-412-323-0317
    E-mail: gsi@gammasports.com
    URL: www.gammasports.com

    Gosen America
    15791 Rockfield Blvd., Ste. B
    Irvine, CA 92618
    USA
    Phone: +1-949-380-0677
    Fax: +1-949-380-7898
    E-mail: sales@gosenamerica.com
    URL: www.gosenamerica.com

    Grand Slam Gut, Inc.
    8493 16th Rd.
    Almond, WI 54909
    USA
    Phone: +1-715-366-4333
    Fax:
    E-mail: tennis@wctc.net
    URL:

    Head USA
    10220 Old Columbia Road
    Columbia Maryland 21046
    USA
    Phone: +1-410-312-9800
    Fax: +1-410-312-9862
    E-mail:
    URL: www.head.com

    Isosport GmbH
    Industriestrasse 2-8
    A-7000 Eisenstadt
    Austria
    Phone: +43-2682-703-0
    Fax: +43-2682-703-4222
    E-mail: office@isosport.com
    URL: www.isospeed.com

    Kirschbaum Sportartikel GmbH
    Schweerstr. 1
    D-58456 Witten
    Germany
    Phone: +49-2302-97050
    Fax: +49-2302-77676
    E-mail: info@kirschbaum-strings.de
    URL: www.kirschbaum-strings.de

    Klip Australia
    40 Cranwell Street
    Braybrook VIC 3019
    Australia
    Phone: +61-3-9318-1000
    Fax: +61-3-9318-3472
    E-mail: info@klip.com.au
    URL: www.klip.com.au

    Klipper USA
    780 Church Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    USA
    Phone: +1-847-742-1300
    Fax: +1-847-742-0738
    E-mail: topseed@klipperusa.com
    URL: www.klipperusa.com

    Laserfibre Inc.
    P.O. Box 1767
    Kingston, RI 02881
    USA
    Phone: +1-888-895-2350
    Fax:
    E-mail: info@laserfibre.com
    URL: www.laserfibre.com

    Luxilon Industries N.V.
    Wijnegem Trade Towers
    Vosveld 11
    B-2110 Wijnegem
    Belgium
    Phone: +32-3-3263388
    Fax: +32-3-3263324
    E-mail: info@luxilon.be
    URL: www.bigbanger.com

    Maxline
    18002 Doty Ave.
    Torrance, CA 90504
    USA
    Phone: +1-310-523-4641
    Fax: +1-310-523-2851
    E-mail: maxline@eagnas.com
    URL: www.eagnas.com

    Pacific Entermark GmbH International
    Porschestr. 4 - 8
    D-73269 Hochdorf
    Germany
    Phone: +49-7153-98390
    Fax: +49-7153-9839299
    E-mail: mail@pacific-sport.com
    URL: www.pacific-sport.com

    Pegasus USA Inc.
    4264 Belle Park Dr.
    Houston, TX 77072
    USA
    Phone: +1-281-5759079
    Fax:
    E-mail: mutualpower@mutualpower.net
    URL: www.mutualpower.net

    Polyfibre
    Kirchstr. 2-4
    D-56357 Pohl
    Germany
    Phone: +49-6772-8386
    Fax: +49-6772-6665
    E-mail: polyfibre@t-online.de
    URL: www.polyfibre.de

    Polystar
    UNICOM Sporting Goods Vertriebs GmbH
    Bahnhofstr. 33
    D-09569 Oederan
    Germany
    Phone: +49-37292-26280
    Fax: +49-37292-26281
    E-mail: bork@alterfil.com
    URL: www.polystar-sport.de

    Prince Sports
    One Sportsystem Plaza
    Bordentown New Jersey 08505
    USA
    Phone: +1-609-291-5930
    Fax: +1-609-291-5795
    E-mail:
    URL: www.princetennis.com

    Pro Supex Industry Co., Ltd.
    7F-3, No.392-2 Chinhwa North Road
    Taichung
    Taiwan
    Phone: +886-4-22371051
    Fax: +886-4-22371091
    E-mail: supex@seed.net.tw
    URL: www.prosupex.com

    RAB Enterprises
    Rexon Meadows
    Broadwoodwidger
    Lifton, Devon
    PL16 OJJ
    UK
    Phone: +44-1566-784841
    Fax: +44-1566-784673
    E-mail: sales@r-a-b.com
    URL: www.r-a-b.com

    Signum Pro
    Geislinger Str. 2
    73326 Deggingen
    Germany
    Europe
    Phone: +49-(0)7334-9219-771
    Fax: +49-(0)7334-9219-779
    E-mail: info@signum-pro.de
    URL: www.signum-pro.de

    Silent Partner
    Deuce Industries Ltd
    2221 Kenmore Ave unit 106
    Buffalo, NY 14207
    USA
    Phone:
    Fax:
    E-mail:
    URL: www.sptennis.com

    Stringway
    Zandzegge 5
    Winkel, 1731 LP
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31-224543270
    Fax:
    E-mail: info@stringway.com
    URL: www.stringway.com

    Sufix Taiwan / YAO I Fabric Co., Ltd.
    No. 334, Sec. 6 Chang Mei Rd. Homei 508
    Chang Hua
    Taiwan R.O.C.
    Phone: +886-4-7556111
    Fax: +886-4-7562819
    E-mail: info@yaoi.com.tw
    URL: www.sufix.com

    Tecnifibre
    Major Sports
    BP 5
    RD 307
    78810 Feucherolles
    France
    Phone: +33 1 30 54 97 10
    Fax: +33 1 30 54 97 39
    E-mail: produits@major-sports.fr
    URL: www.tecnifibre.com

    Tennis Tech
    36 High Street
    Northwood
    Middlesex
    HA6 1BN
    UK
    Phone: +44-1923-841530
    Fax: +44-1923-841540
    E-mail: sales@tennis-tech.co.uk
    URL: www.tennis-tech.co.uk

    The WaveTennis
    2, place de Bagatelle
    92200 Neuilly sur Seine
    France
    Phone: +33-800-153040
    Fax: +33-1-47499727
    E-mail: contact@wavetennis.com
    URL: www.wavetennis.com

    TOA-Strings Co., Ltd.
    1-24 Yagumodori 3-Chome
    Chuo-ku Kobe 651-0078
    Japan
    Phone: +81-78-232-1995
    Fax: +81-78-232-1931
    E-mail: toa@toalson.co.jp
    URL: www.toalson.co.jp

    Unique Sports Products, Inc.
    840 McFarland Road
    Alpharetta, GA 30004
    USA
    Phone: +1-770-442-1977
    Fax: +1-770-475-2065
    E-mail: sales@uniquesports.us
    URL: www.uniquesports.us

    Völkl Tennis GmbH
    Ruessenstrasse 6
    CH-6341 Baar
    Switzerland
    Phone: +41-41-769-73-00
    Fax: +41-41-769-73-92
    E-mail: tennis@voelkl.com
    URL: www.voelkl.com

    Wilson Sporting Goods
    8700 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Chicago Illinois 60631
    USA
    Phone: +1-773-714-6400
    Fax: +1-773-714-4580
    E-mail:
    URL: www.wilsonsports.com

    Yonex Corporation
    3520 Challenger Street
    Torrance, CA 90503
    USA
    Phone: +1-800-44-YONEX
    Fax:
    E-mail:
    URL: www.yonex.com
     
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  3. Deuce

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    I think that many - and probably most - of those on rasajadad's list do not make their own strings - they merely buy them from string manufacturers and put their name on them. Some strings they order might be 'custom orders', but I would think that most orders are of the 'generic' variety.
     
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  4. Cruzer

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    As mentioned above I don't think many if any of the companies that primarily sell racquets produce their own strings, i.e. Wilson, Head, Prince, Volkl, Yonex. Babolat is maybe the only company that makes very good quality strings and also has been quite succesful selling racquets in past half dozen years.
     
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  5. chinese dragon

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    yes like babolat vs gut is the same as wilson natural gut
     
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  6. wingit

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    Racquets are not 'manufactured' by the branded companies: Wilson, Head, Babolat, etc.. Instead, there are only a very few true racquet manufacturing sites, in the past located in Taiwan and now mostly China, which actually make the product. The brand marketers may design racquets in some cases but now it is frequently the case that racquets are also designed for the branded companies by the true manufacturers. Thus, the 'names' the tennis market knows are just that: companies which focus on 'marketing' the brand, no real manufacturing or in many cases actual design. Don't know the actual number of string manufacturers but it is also a small number compared to the number of brands. I believe Klip and Babolat could be actually said to manufactur strings but in most cases strings are merely designed/manufactured to the specifications of a brand marketer by a very few true manufacturers. Additionallly, the few true string manufacturers also make other similar products in their production facilites for example, surgical string used in medicine and various other custom string type products, in addition to tennis strings. The generic string producers may take some of the romance out of tennis strings but the economic factors dictate the specialization.
     
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  7. Nuke

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    Does anyone seriously think tiny companies like Uniqe and Silent Partner have their own factories to manufacture string?
     
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  8. Mike Cottrill

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    Big ones for synth guts are

    TOA Japan
    Gosen Japan
    Ashaway US

    Tenron Taiwan.

    Those are the big ones that make most strings for wilson, head, prince and so on.
     
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  9. Nuke

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    ... and most of the polys are made in Germany, so i'm guessing a lot of them are from the same factory.
     
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