The latest news for pool and spa professionals

Zaha Hadid's Aquatic Centre was certainly one of the most admired sporting facilities seen recently during the London Games. Drawing inspiration from the flowing forms of moving water, this gigantic "frozen wave", which cost 83 million Euros, was conceived to accommodate up to 17,500 spectators.
Interbad 2012, of the most important international meeting-points for the swimming pool, sauna and spa industries, will be held at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre from 9 to 12 October 2012. The topic of saunas will not only be presented on the exhibition stands of the market leaders from home and...
The recent merger between US companies Pentair and Tyco International has created a global leader in flow, filtration and equipment protection, according to the newly combined operation.
Ozone and UV water treatment manufacturer Triogen is continuing its commitment to providing excellent customer service with the appointment of Michael McKenna as a technical after-sales support specialist.
The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) is conducting a public consultation on its draft industry-wide code of practice on swimming pool water management. The draft code of practice is based on the organisation’s authoritative book of guidelines, ‘Swimming Pool Water: treatment and...
UK pool cover manufacturer Plastica will be exhibiting at LIW (Leisure Industry Week) at the National Exhibition Centre for the sixth consecutive year between 18 and 20 September 2012, stand P30.
Spa Crest Europe has appointed Mosaic Swimming Pools of Brackley in Northamptonshire as brand dealers for their area. The appointment coincides with the opening of a dedicated Mosaic showroom in Botolph Claydon on the Buckinghamshire/Northamptonshire border displaying six Spa Crest hot tub models,...
Visitors to the India Waves 2012 international pool and spa expo in Delhi can qualify as Commercial Pool/Spa Operators during the show in a two-day course certified by the US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF).
The Indian company Megavent, associated partner of IPC Team, carried out its first historic sale and installation of SPA DOME ORLANDO enclosure (diameter 4,0m, height 2,3m). The installation took place without any major problems and demanded 2 and ½ working hours of a 6 people team.
One of the APPW missions, to help the abroad producer to get in touch with local pools constructors, marked another success.  The Italian company C.A.G. Chemical entered the Romanian market.
To extend this well started season, CCEI offers the last release of the spare parts catalog. The company is committed in maintaining the most competitive prices possible, in a difficult economic environment, in order to help pool professionals to best handle their projects.
This innovative visual information system designed for water polo and chosen by the International Swimming Federation was used for the very first time during an Olympic competition.
Whereas in mid-summer outdoor pools temporarily reach the desired temperature “all by themselves” (with a bit of luck), during the rest of the time they fall a few degrees Celsius short of that “feel-good” level. In cooler times of the year in particular, the unheated outdoor pool is...
The STA (Swimming Teachers Association) is to be an exclusive partner for Spatex 2013 to help further develop standards in the wet leisure industry, the organisers of the pool and spa trade show have announced.
This Spanish brand, which designs and manufactures hot tubs, is to upgrade its online presence with the launch of a new corporate website available in four languages: English, Spanish, French and German. This is essential for a continually growing company that already has operations in over 40...
The organisers of the 2012 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, Hanley Wood, have partnered with Maryland-based software company Core-Apps to launch a mobile phone app designed to give show exhibitors and attendees a better show experience.
The founder and historical leader of GRANDO in Germany was, since 1963, at the origin of several innovations in the swimming pool sector. He developed a fully automatic slated rolling cover system for pools (helping to maintain water temperature for a longer time and protect pools from the major...
The industry meeting point for swimming pools, saunas and spas, will open its doors from 9 – 12 October at Messe Stuttgart. The organisers think interbad will register new records this year after already setting a new top record in 2010 with 460 exhibitors and they are expecting a new record...
The André Prévot swimming pool, in Sedan, France, was opened to the public in April 2012. It was fitted with the "AngelEye" system, distributed in France by FuturaPlay. The AngelEye safety system is designed to monitor swimmers in public pools.
Three UK water companies have announced that they have removed their Temporary Use Ban (TUB) from Thursday 14 June as a result of high rainfall. Anglian, Southern and Thames Water – which rely on reservoirs for their water supplies – say the lifting of the hosepipe ban has been possible...
Fibre-optic and LED lighting specialist Atmospheric Zone has moved to new premises in Sussex. The company’s new contact details are as follows.
The American National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has announced the launch of the Recreational Water Illnesses online training course and handbook. Designed to help pool professionals understand and prevent water-related illnesses, the course aims to ensure a safer environment for bathers. The...
The 7th annual general meeting grouping together all 14 registered members of the European Economic Alliance, known as Inter Pool Cover Team (IPC Team, E.E.I.G.), was held at company headquarters in Orel (CZ) on Friday June 22nd , 2012.
Several editions of Le JUSTE LIEN from now to the end of the year are waiting in the wings to bring you news about the Pool and Spa industry.  Keeping pace with the calendar of international exhibitions, your news and new products will set the tempo for this year end before the eagerly awaited...
The organisers of the 2012 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo have announced the opening of online registration for the event. Registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at  www.PoolSpaPatio.com/attendee, with early registration saving money on the entrance fee and avoiding...
This year, the European standards drafting group for "Chemical products used to treat swimming pool water" met in Oslo (Norway) on Wednesday, May 23rd.  As chairman of this group, Dr. Xavier DAROK, Director of the Océdis laboratory, presented an update on the progress of on-going work. 
SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show is recognised as the must attend event for manufacturers, retailers, pool builders, contractors, architects, landscapers, engineers and service technicians to stay ahead of market directions as the wet industry continues to expand and take on  new dimensions and...
PROCOPI has designed, manufactured and assembled its own thermoforming machine for the production of SPAFRANCE spas. Its design was guided by certain technical choices, in particular the automatic loading of spa plates and the option to pre-heat the plate.
The official training course covering the installation of Renolit Alkorplan’s reinforced pool membrane is now certified by the German TÜV organisation, the company says.
Having provided major support to pool and spa dealers for more than 12 years through high inventory levels and an extensive spa product portfolio with in-house technical services, SCP UK is emphasising its strong spa heritage and excellent positioning in the market covering the Beachcomber,...
MIDAS Pool & Fountain Products GmbH has moved to a new headquarters building in the central German town of Eichenzell.
"We are really proud to have been selected to clean the pool during the 2012 London Olympics and also four other Olympic swimming pools in the city.  In this selection we see a recognition of our expertise and the solutions that we offer with our wide range of products..."
Latham International (Pacific Pools, Kafko, Fort Wayne Pools), through its European branch, PPE, is gaining strength in Europe with the signing of a distribution agreement for Permalife 1.22 m and 1.52 m polymer panels with Polytropic, based in Lyon. This agreement confirms the Latham group's...
As we already announced a few months ago, Alain GAZZOLA sold his companies, Monarch Pool Systems Europe and Monarch Pool Systems Iberica in May 2011 to the Australian Holding GUD, which owns DAVEY WATER, among others.
Myrtha Pools, one of the world’s leaders in the swimming pool industry, is taking part in the American Trials ahead of the London Olymic Games. The Trials will be taking place in Omaha from 25 June to 2 July and for the occasion Myrtha Pools has installed two 50m pools with ten lanes that will...
A very large number of partners throughout Europe have already signed up for the Pentair Partners Incentive Programme (PIP) which rewards them for their sales efforts. It is already the third anniversary of this programme which includes over 2000 subscribers across Europe.
US hot tub manufacturer Marquis Spas has donated its 500th hot tub through the Make-a-Wish foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has launched two online courses in metric providing basic education in pool and spa operation and water chemistry.
The Holbrook Leisure Centre in Gosport, Hampshire, is being closed six months early at the end of June following claimed weather damage to its roof.
The Pool Expo 2012 Exhibition was held on 2–5 May 2012 at the Istanbul Exhibition Centre, Hall 11. Organised by Hannover-Messe Sodeks Fuarcılık A.Ş., a total of 65 companies from five different countries participated in the exhibition, which covered a net area of 3150 sqm.
The UAE Society of Engineers is to launch the UAE Pool Industry Best Practices Awards at the ME Pool & Spa exhibition, to be staged from 24-26 September in Dubai.
Since March, pool professionals have been invited to participate in the First Professional International Pool Competition, iPool2012, which closes on 31st July 2012. We have already received entries from 43 professionals, and nearly 100 pool photos have already been published. In terms of visitors...
Wyoming-based spa manufacturer Viking Spas has been awarded the US President's “E” Award, said to be the highest recognition any American company can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of US exports.
Archbond in UK, the well known producer of Isothermal Pool Cover materials for the professionals, made their first sales to Continental Europe in 1986 and now have many customers throughout Western and Eastern Europe purchasing on a regular basis.
For the first time USSPA, the first Czech manufacturer of Jacuzzis, presented its latest innovation at SHK 2012, Brno, Czech Republic. The automatic thermocover ACS ® enjoyed a lot of attention from the visitors as well as exciting the expert panel. On the very day it was introduced on the...
The organisers of the ME Pool & Spa show, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, have announced a cooperative initiative with Ventures Middle East to invite pool and spa professionals to take part in a Project Village networking forum at the exhibition.
Celebrating its 25 years, the Canadian spa manufacturer, Sunrise Spas, a division of Sunrise Leisure Group, announces a new management team in its European Distribution Center based in Zoetermeer, Holland.
OCEDIS, bolstered by its significant development, has been investing in the European standardization process for the past 6 years. So it seemed only natural that Doctor Xavier DAROK, director of the Océdis laboratory, be entrusted with the presidency of the editing committee reporting on...
The International Building Fair - IBF Brno was held from April 24 - 28 , 2012. Alukov  exhibited on an area of 80 m2, this time featuring the models Corso NEO™ upgraded and ELEGANT NEO™.  These were presented to both professionals and the public. Also, very positive response was received...
POOL COVER has set up business in Austria. Mr. Herbert ORTBAUER, an Austrian pool cover specialist with over 15 years’ experience, has recently chosen the Belgian manufacturer, Pool Cover, to further develop his company in Austria.
The organisers of Spatex, the annual UK pool and spa industry trade show, are promising a “whole new look” and a “different feel” for the 2013 event in Brighton. Responding to the launch of a competing show, they have announced several new initiatives designed to boost the event’s appeal...
After several years as president of Assopiscine, the Italian association of pool industry professionals, Dr. Francesco CAPOCCIA has handed over the reins to the engineer Ivano PELOSIN (see our photo), the vice-president of the association.
If you are targeting Southeast Asia decision makers involved in the conception, design, building and installation processes, as well as the retailing and maintenance of pools, spas, saunas and equipment, then head for Pool & Spa Tech Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19 to 21 September.
Since the beginning of the year, Hydro Volets (a French company specialised in the manufacture of automatic pool covers), has turned a part of its production space over to pool equipment storage (about 800m² of its 2,500m² manufacturing plant), thus providing pool professionals with the choice...
In line with its development strategy, Fabistone began installation of another production line thus increasing its production capacity by around 40%.  Specialising in the manufacture and marketing of reconstructed natural stone paving, Fabistone manufactures and develops distinct ranges of...
A survey of the UK leisure industry has revealed that more than half of the people questioned would not recommend their leisure centre or health club to a friend. Carried out by business intelligence company Leisure-net Solutions and customer retention researchers The Retention People, the survey...
The British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF) has secured a joint agreement with the seven UK water companies who have currently imposed drought restrictions, with the aim of protecting pool companies’ business operations.
ESPA renews its image in Internet and creates a new 2.0 corporate web portal. With half a century of experience, the ESPA brand has followed the strategy based in the constant innovation and improvement, the direct service, the quality of its products and the proximity to the client, in order to...
A few months before the opening of the Piscine trade show and Noémi PETIT, Director of Piscine et Aqualie, is going over the details of the upcoming edition. 340 exhibitors have already booked their stand at Piscine representing an area of 21,000 m². Piscine 2012, which is devoted to innovation,...
Present in the private market in Europe since 1998 and with 14 agencies in 7 countries, SCP Europe confirms its breakthrough into the public pool market with its launch of a new catalogue specifically for building materials, renovation, and commercial pool equipment.
CCEI, a specialist in equipment pools, is now present in over 30 countries mainly in Europe and North Africa. Making about a third of its sales abroad, the French company is always on the go. For the coming seasons, CCEI seeks new markets such as the Middle East, India and even South America.
BIO-UV consolidated its growth in 2011 and the beginning of 2012 both in the sector of private pools equipped with an automatic non-chlorine concept and public pools with the BIO-UV range of dechlorinators using medium pressure UV lamps, which are by far the most efficient way of eliminating...
Dietmar Rogg of Schmalenberger is the new bsw-President. Fulda, Friday 30th March 2012, 14:30 hrs: Votes have been counted and the verdict is clear- Dietmar Rogg is the new President of bsw (German Association of Swimming Pools). After a twelve year office term, the CEO (Chief Operating Officer)...
Zodiac’s new website first appeared on 12 March. The two main aims of this new website are to bring personalised maintenance solutions to pool users and to attract traffic to Zodiac’s retail partner’s sales outlets. For this purpose numerous new sections have been created on the website:...
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, DUGAIN POOLS has offered itself a revamp of its communications: new logo, new website ... now the emphasis not only focuses more on marketing and sales but also on extending the distribution network in France and Europe. The new logo symbolizes this new...
Billed as the biggest business event of the swimming pool, spa and sauna sector in Turkey, Pool Expo 2012 take place at the CNR Expo Center in Istanbul on 2–5 May 2012. Organised by Hannover-Messe Sodeks Fuarcilik, the exhibition is to be co-located with ISK-SODEX 2012, said to be the largest...
Reed Exhibitions has signed an agreement with construction intelligence specialist Ventures Middle East to launch Ventures’ Onsite Project Zone at the 5th edition of ME Pool & Spa, being held on 24–26 September 2012 in Dubai.
Certikin India’s expansion programme has resulted in the company moving into larger headquarters premises in Bangalore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The relocation will be followed by a new regional office and warehouse in Delhi to be opened by the end of June, and a new branch in...
Dutch holding company Sinvest Group BV has acquired pond product specialist Van Gerven BV and UV-C/filter specialist Van Erp International BV – both based near Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Sinvest also owns SIBO BV – specialists in plastic pipes and fittings, and irrigation and pond supplies....
On February 24th and 25th, SCP Germany organised 2 “Open Days” in their new premises in Magdala, not far from Weimar in Germany. During these two days, around 150 professionals were able to enjoy a glass of champagne and take a tour of the new premises, including a 1,000m² warehouse, now...
GL events exhibitions, organisers of the Piscine International Business Solutions in partnership with New Events Ltd are pleased to confirm the newest edition to their portfolio - Piscine UK – which will take place from 23 to 25 January, 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham. 
Heat-exchanger specialist EJ Bowman has set up a new French division, Bowman Piscine, specifically to serve the French market. Based in Marseille, the new Bowman subsidiary aims to develop the company’s brand position and provide more localised service to its French and wider European customers....
PROCOPI MIDDLE EAST is the branch office of the renowned French swimming pool equipment & spa manufacturer PROCOPI. Created i n 2004 and situated in a strategic location in Middle East, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) in the United Arab Emirates,
The organisers of Interbad – the Stuttgart-based exhibition for pools, saunas and spas – have announced that 270 companies have already registered for the 2012 event, a 10% increase over the previous show at the same stage. Scheduled for 9–12 October 2012, Interbad appears to be bucking the...
The British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF) is talking with the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify the domestic wet-leisure facilities affected by the temporary Water Use Ban (hosepipe ban) – due to come into force on 5 April as a result of...
The new Astrel website is on-line. The company intends to use this website to showcase its assets, experience and lines of business that make it stand out on the international stage. There is particular focus on the five Business Divisions, each one specialised in its own sector of excellence.
Fluidra has appointed Dr. Phil Jin as its General Manager of the Asia Division. He will have the mission to develop the business units of Fluidra and will be responsible for the operations of the companies the Group has in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, recently opened.
Dubai-based pool construction and maintenance specialist Belhasa Projects is to be the key major sponsor of QPS 2012 – the international pool and spa exhibition being held in Qatar from 26 to 28 september 2012
One of the observations often heard at Spatex is, “There’s nothing really new here.”… However, with around a quarter of the 2012 exhibitors being first-timers, it really would be hard not to find something that hadn't been seen by the trade before. Having said that, with talk on the show...
SCP Europe launches its new 2012 catalogue exclusively dedicated to Professionals. Faithful to its policy of offering “The Widest Choice” SCP offers more than 6,000 product references from the most important brands on the market: Hayward, Pentair, Zodiac, Monarch, Maytronics, Beachcomber,...
RENOLIT Italy renews its human structure reinforcing it through the incorporation of three new people. The objective of this renewal is to provide the best possible service to its distributors and partners as well as addressing the needs and demands of installers, supporting them both at a...
Pool cleaner manufacturer Zodiac Pool Systems is to sponsor an energy efficiency training course through its long-time US partner, the Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education (FPSIE).
The technology developed by PISCINA BIODESIGN is based on using environmentally-friendly wáterproofing fabric with a layer of aggregate covering it, very similar to the technology used to build water reserves, ponds, and natural tanks. This is even more the case when building monoliths if there...
EuroSpaPoolNews.com now turns its spotlight to Portugal and will be publishing its new Portuguese version of “JUSTE LIEN” in April 2012. EuroSpaPoolNews.com, constantly driven by the desire to reach the most wide-ranging cosmopolitan readership possible, is now turning towards Portugal, a...
The first edition of the leading MENA Swimming Pool & Spa Event will take place from the 22nd until the 25th of April 2012 at the ADNEC, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool, a mainly volunteer-run West Yorkshire leisure centre, has invested in new Precor fitness equipment to boost the centre’s appeal.
The US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has revised its Aquatic play Feature online training course with an improved user interface, increased interactivity and easier navigation – and a Spanish version is also now available.
British actor Jamie Kenna used swimspas from Elite Spas and Hot Tubs and Catalina Spas at Spatex 2012 to train for his planned Channel swim in July of this year to raise money for his chosen charities.
This international trade fair is the leading event in Russia in the industry of heating, water supply, sanitary technologies, air-conditioning, ventilation and the equipment for pools, saunas and spa.
Bruce FISCHER, VP Marketing & International Sales at Hayward Pool Products tells us why we are seeing good resistance in the worldwide swimming pool market.
The CBS Sports Facilities, Amenity Areas, Wellness & Spa salon – staged in Poznan in Poland from 24 to 27 January – kicked off this year’s worldwide leisure and wellness exhibition season.
CBS – Sports Facilities, Amenity Areas, Wellness & Spa fair was held on 24-27 January 2012 in Poznań, bringing a lot of interesting information about the latest offers of manufacturers and suppliers.
The organisers of the 2011 PoolSpaPatio show – the key pool and spa trade show in the USA – have announced the winners of the ‘Best New Product’ and ‘Best Green Product’ competitions held at November’s event.
Ron brings with him 28 years of experience in the wet leisure industry and can count export sales, product development and setting up dealer and distributor networks amongst his successes. 
In order to strengthen the team and the service to meet the demands of the markets. RENOLIT has incorporated Carles Clavé Magrans as the new Export Manager of RENOLIT ALKORPLAN pool linings. The arrival of Clavé expresses the will to strengthen the team and service in relation to the demand of...
The organisers of Spatex, the industry-backed UK pool and spa trade show, have confirmed that the 2013 event is to be held in its current venue in Brighton on 2–4 February 2013.
Irish specialist pool installer Poolcourt has scooped the Pool of the Year award at the annual SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) and BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association) awards ceremony, held in early February during the Spatex pool and spa exhibition. The...
The 6th International AQUA SALON will take place in Moscow at the Crocus Expo Fairgrounds on 15–18 March, 2012. An industry’s forefront, this pool and wellness industry project is the most successfully developing meeting point for the leading local and international brands. In 2011 more than...
The swimming pool is an integral part of a Wellness Centre designed and installed in the four-star Hotel Gambrinus & Strand in Cervia (RA). The customer’s express requirement was to extend its offer with a dedicetaed  Wellness area. The main restriction was the space initially set aside for the...
Whatever the distractions surrounding this year’s Spatex show, no-one could doubt the amount innovation and wealth of new products and services on offer from a significant percentage of the exhibitors. After all, with around a quarter of the exhibitors being first-timers, by definition there was...