Released : May 21, 2012



Verviers, Belgium – May 21, 2012 – IWAN SIMONIS S.A./Belgium, world leader in the manufacture of billiard cloth, is pleased to announce the acquisition of SALUC S.A./Belgium, world leader in the manufacture of phenolic billiard balls, ARAMITH balls.

Amateur and professional billiard players everywhere love both of these products, and both Simonis cloth and Aramith balls are sanctioned for use in the majority of championship tournaments and by tournament organizers worldwide. The union of these two premier and highly complementary Belgian billiard products, IWAN SIMONIS cloth and ARAMITH balls, will bring increased strength and stability to the sport as well as help to increase visibility and elevate the level of play globally.

According to Ivan Lee, president of Iwan Simonis, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Simonis, "We're really excited about the joining of these two great companies. These two brands are complementary products, best in class in both categories. We've cooperated in the past on many projects, but this will allow us to work together seamlessly, which we see as a tremendous benefit for the industry."


SIMONIS: Since 1680 - The most specialized textile producer for the truest playing billiard cloth

ARAMITH: Since 1923 - Producer of the most technically perfect billiard balls made from true phenolic resin - See the Aramith products here - See the Saluc website here