A long and prestigious heritage
WSP textiles is a modern, speciality textile business producing technically superior performance products for the sports and leisure industry, specifically the coverings for tennis balls and snooker & pool tables.
Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire with a 250 year old heritage and global reach. We sell to over 40 countries worldwide and have associates based in Singapore and Beijing.
WSP acknowledges our founding fathers. Winterbotham, Strachan & Playne. The Strachan family bought Lodgemore mills in Stroud in 1865, which remains an operational site today and is our headquarters. The Strachan of Stroud trademark was first registered in 1890 and our Strachan brand today is the benchmark in quality for snooker and pool. Playne’s is our tennis brand, the history of which dates back to 1759 when the Playne family bought mills in the Stroud valleys from where modern day woven tennis felt was originally made.
We are partners with some of the biggest names in the tennis and billiard industry. Dunlop, Slazenger, Wilson, and Babolat. World Snooker, Beijing XingPai (Star brand) and Joy in China. Thurston/Peradon and Suzo Happ in the UK.
Strachan cloth has been the choice of the World Snooker Championships since 1980. We are members of the International Tennis Federation and connected with National, Regional and International Billiard Federations. Playne’s woven felt is selected for Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open.
Led by a highly experienced team with the support of the parent company, Peltzer and Fils. WSP are now a part of the world class group of companies that includes Iwan Simonis who manufacture the world’s finest American pool and Carom cloths and also Saluc who make the words best snooker and pool balls under the Aramith brand.
Today we are a thriving business, with a perfect balance of modern technology and skilled craftsmanship that makes what we do so unique.