Carlton Sports
Company typeSubsidiary (?–85)
IndustrySports equipment, textile, footwear
Defunct1985; 39 years ago (1985)
FateAcquired by BTR plc in 1985, becoming a brand
ProductsBadminton rackets, shuttlecocks, sportswear, athletic shoes, table tennis equipment
OwnerDunlop Slazenger (1985–96)
Cinven (1996–2004)
Frasers Group (2004–present)

Carlton Sports is a British sports equipment brand, focused on badminton and table tennis. Originally established in 1946, Carlton is currently part of the Frasers Group (formerly, "Sports Direct International").[1]

Badminton equipment by Carlton include rackets, shuttlecocks, sportswear, athletic shoes, and bags. For table tennis, Carlton offers rackets, balls, nets and post sets.[2]


The former Carlton company became a subsidiary group of Dunlop Slazenger International, located in Greenville, South Carolina.[3] When DS was acquired by Sports International, Carlton was part of the group of brands traded.[4][5]

Throughout its history the company has introduced a number of advances to the manufacture of badminton equipment, which ranked its as the first in innovations such as to make an injection molded shuttle, to design and make all-metal racquets, to use stainless steel in the manufacture of racquets, to design a flex system between shaft and handle, and to make a one-shot injection molded shuttle skirt.[3]

The company claims to have sold more nylon shuttlecocks than any other company around the globe.[citation needed] English player and Olympic medalist Nathan Robertson was one of the players using Carlton equipment.[6]


  1. ^ Leading brands on Sports Direct Int., 16 Aug 2020
  2. ^ Carlton table tennis products on Sports, 16 Aug 2020
  3. ^ a b Carlton company profile on World Badminton website (archived, 20 Nov 2006)
  4. ^ Game, set and match for Dunlop Slazenger by Alistair Osborne, The Daily Telegraph, 5 Feb 2004
  5. ^ Wood, Zoe (2016-12-27). "Sports Direct sells Dunlop for $137m". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  6. ^ Carlton brand on Sports Direct, 16 Aug 2020