How many string manufacturers are there really ?

ralph h

New User
I have heard that something like 90% of all tennis string is manufactured by one company and then the strings are re-branded and sold as various brands. Anyone know anything about this ?
 

Villain

Professional
Babolat makes their own gut, poly, and multis but their cheaper end strings like their syn gut are made in China.

Klip makes their own gut. Luxilon makes their own gut and Wilson gut. Pretty sure Volkl gut is made by Klip.

Tecnifibre, Luxilon, Isospeed, Gosen, and Kirschbaum make all their own strings.

Yonex makes most of their own strings, but I think there are a couple of their cheaper end ones that are made in China.

I don’t think Wilson, Head, or Tourna make any of their own strings.

Some of the Prince strings are made in Japan like POSG and PSGD. I’m assuming Gosen makes these.

Ashaway makes all their own strings in the U.S.

Pretty sure Weiss makes all of their own strings in Germany.
 
What about Kirshbaum. I thought they were a manufacturer. Or Signum Pro? I'm pretty sure Genesis, Solinco are made elsewhere. Isn't Gamma made by Toalson (or Toa)?
 

Folsom_Stringer_Musa

Professional
Babolat makes their own gut, poly, and multis but their cheaper end strings like their syn gut are made in China.

Klip makes their own gut. Luxilon makes their own gut and Wilson gut. Pretty sure Volkl gut is made by Klip.

Tecnifibre, Luxilon, Isospeed, Gosen, and Kirschbaum make all their own strings.

Yonex makes most of their own strings, but I think there are a couple of their cheaper end ones that are made in China.

I don’t think Wilson, Head, or Tourna make any of their own strings.

Some of the Prince strings are made in Japan like POSG and PSGD. I’m assuming Gosen makes these.

Ashaway makes all their own strings in the U.S.

Pretty sure Weiss makes all of their own strings in Germany.
Wilson, Head sell lot of string volume every day.
That being said, I would doubt their premium multi/poly would be made by other.
Just checked NXT package, it doesn't say where it is made.:)
 

Villain

Professional
Wilson, Head sell lot of string volume every day.
That being said, I would doubt their premium multi/poly would be made by other.
Just checked NXT package, it doesn't say where it is made.:)
Tough to nail down exactly, but I’m pretty sure NXT is actually made by Tecnifibre. I think Head outsources strings to various companies like Isospeed and Tecnifibre too.
 
Looking at string packages now: TF Red Code--made in France. Solinco TB--made in Tiawan. Signum Pro Poly Plasma--made in Germany. Pacific X Force--made in Germany. Gamma Zo Dart--made in Japan. Still in Black Protect--made in Germany. Polyfibre Poly Hightec--made in USA and Germany. Luxilon ALU Power--made in Belgium. Head Gravity--made in Austria. Prince Hybrid Power EXP--made in Tiawan. Gosen Polylon Comfort--made in Japan. Head Sonic Pro & Sonic Pro Edge--made in Austria. Volkl Cyclone Tour--made in Tiawan.
 
Can we talk about Signum Pro Poly-Plasma, Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange, and Pro's Pro Plus Power?

All 3 made in Germany. All 3 only come in orange. All 3 come in the same string thicknesses (1.28, 1.23, 1.18).

Like they have to be the exact same string right? The TWU String database doesn't have Super Smash Orange or PP Plus Power, but I'm almost 100% sure they are the same string right?
 

ClaudTT

Rookie
Babolat makes their own gut, poly, and multis but their cheaper end strings like their syn gut are made in China.

Klip makes their own gut. Luxilon makes their own gut and Wilson gut. Pretty sure Volkl gut is made by Klip.

Tecnifibre, Luxilon, Isospeed, Gosen, and Kirschbaum make all their own strings.

Yonex makes most of their own strings, but I think there are a couple of their cheaper end ones that are made in China.

I don’t think Wilson, Head, or Tourna make any of their own strings.

Some of the Prince strings are made in Japan like POSG and PSGD. I’m assuming Gosen makes these.

Ashaway makes all their own strings in the U.S.

Pretty sure Weiss makes all of their own strings in Germany.
ETC, ETC. ETC... use to be that ALL racquets were made by Kennex... use to be. Many people believe anything... religious thinking.
Once you start testing them, you realize many differences...
 

temnik

New User
Looking at string packages now: TF Red Code--made in France. Solinco TB--made in Tiawan. Signum Pro Poly Plasma--made in Germany. Pacific X Force--made in Germany. Gamma Zo Dart--made in Japan. Still in Black Protect--made in Germany. Polyfibre Poly Hightec--made in USA and Germany. Luxilon ALU Power--made in Belgium. Head Gravity--made in Austria. Prince Hybrid Power EXP--made in Tiawan. Gosen Polylon Comfort--made in Japan. Head Sonic Pro & Sonic Pro Edge--made in Austria. Volkl Cyclone Tour--made in Tiawan.
According to this video, Mayami strings are made in Taiwan. Same factory as Solinco and Volkl? :unsure:
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
It is important to consider that many makers will maintain an in house shop for R&D and custom stuff while outsourcing mass production to whoever they decide to do business with. In some cases these are wholly owned subsidiaries or purely contract work or something in between. As such it’s impossible to know what percent of the string market comes from how many actual factories . But it would not surprise me to learn that 90% of the worlds string is made in just a few of factories. After all isn’t most tennis string probably just cheap nylon syngut?
 
I can believe that most tennis string could be made in a few factories. But each company will have specifications and tolerances for their own brands. These would vary between brands and make for what could be significant differences between strings coming out of the same factory but packaged by different brands. Just because it is the same factory it doesn't mean every string is made the same way with the same raw materials in the same quantities and specifications
 
I can believe that most tennis string could be made in a few factories. But each company will have specifications and tolerances for their own brands. These would vary between brands and make for what could be significant differences between strings coming out of the same factory but packaged by different brands. Just because it is the same factory it doesn't mean every string is made the same way with the same raw materials in the same quantities and specifications
I agree wholeheartedly that the same manufacturer will make different strings per the specifications a company asks for. I also don't think a company, say Pro's Pro, could go to the manufacturer of Wilson NXT for instance, and tell them they want the same string as NXT which "we will call something else".
 

temnik

New User
I agree wholeheartedly that the same manufacturer will make different strings per the specifications a company asks for. I also don't think a company, say Pro's Pro, could go to the manufacturer of Wilson NXT for instance, and tell them they want the same string as NXT which "we will call something else".
I agree. My point, that I made earlier in another thread, is that companies like Pro's Pro likely outsource not only manufacturing but also research. I can't imagine them keeping a team of chemistry PhD's on staff together with a testing lab.

So, would Pro's Pro go to Wilson NXT factory and ask for "the last iteration before final NXT recipe"?
 
I agree. My point, that I made earlier in another thread, is that companies like Pro's Pro likely outsource not only manufacturing but also research. I can't imagine them keeping a team of chemistry PhD's on staff together with a testing lab.

So, would Pro's Pro go to Wilson NXT factory and ask for "the last iteration before final NXT recipe"?
I wouldn't be surprised if they did try ask for the last recipe but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't get it especially if it is remotely similar to the final product. Why would the company who has done all the research let another company benefit from it?
 
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