The latest news for pool and spa professionals

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...
Reporting at Certikin’s country-wide annual seminars in January (held at Stansted, Crawley and Taunton) managing director Neil Murray said that having reviewed the findings of an industry survey Certikin had conducted in January 2011, he was cautiously optimistic for the forthcoming pool season....
Guillaume Verlet appointed new commercial director, Peter Turnbull joins UK sales team, Marta de Beascoa to take over UK marketing BAYROL is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Guillaume Verlet as the new commercial director for its UK business. Guillaume takes over from Juergen Koenig, who...
2011 was a very successful year for A&T Europe Spa, particularly for its Proteus Pools Division. Significant to this success was the rapidly increasing sales of Proteus pools into the UK market. This growth has encouraged the formation Proteus UK Swimming Pools Ltd which, under the Management of...
Crystal Island Leisure Products Co. Ltd arrives in Europe with its own institution and a new name: Allseas Spas & Wellness b.v. It is located in the Netherlands to get a better view of its exports growing.
For two years now the Czech company ALUKOV, manufacturer of high-quality enclosures, has been intensifying its presence on the German market.  After this successful launch period ALUKOV has now gone a step further:  In Jan. 2012 a company-owned subsidiary, ALUKOV Deutschland GmbH (located in...
After having taken over S.R.B.A. in 2009, Rémy VERNOUX is now embracing a new challenge by setting up VISION TECHNOLOGY, another swimming pool business but this time specialising in thermoforming, plastic moulding, composites...
The next edition of ForumPiscine will attest to the growing interest foreign companies have shown in the event: their number has more than doubled since the 2011 edition. These range from several companies from abroad, especially from the Mediterranean region, to a large number of Italian...
Hangzhou Darlly Filtration Equipment Co., one of the world’s largest replacement filter cartridge manufacturers, has announced plans for a new 40,000 sq.m facility to cope with the expansion of its business. Situated close to the existing plant in Hangzhou, China, the new building will house a...
The 2012 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo has issued a call for presentations to all consultants and specialists worldwide who would be prepared to share their knowledge at this year’s educational conference programme.
Once again increasing its stand space in order to incorporate a hospitality area to entertain visitors, Fairlocks Pool Products (Stand L152) has shown the Covrex fully insulated automatic swimming pool cover for domestic and commercial use (see picture, showing Fairlocks’ Covrex display at...
The declared focus of EJ Bowman’s display (Stand U109) will be on helping customers save energy. The company was used Spatex to help pool designers and operators find out how to achieve significant reductions on their energy costs and CO2 emissions by employing the latest Bowman heat exchanger...
It was in Haute-Savoie, in Amancy, halfway between Annecy and Geneva and not far from Chamonix, that we met the VIDONNE family and more specifically, the head of the business, Brigitte Vidonne, and her daughter-in-law, Muriel Vidonne, in their beautiful showroom that was completed in 2005. We were...
On 16th January 2012, POOL TECHNOLOGIE, French manufacturer of water treatment systems (salt electrolysis, pH regulators ...) celebrated 20 years. This autumn, the company will join the Club of pool industry Majors at the Salon de Lyon - a quick  flashback at a history of water and of men, too....
Watkins Manufacturing, leading maker of hot tubs worldwide, announces the acquisition of the assets of American Hydrotherapy Systems (AHS), manufacturer of Freeflow Spas® and a leader in the rotationally molded spa and business category. With the purchase of Ontario, California-based AHS, Watkins...
70% of Aqua-Therm Moscow arrangements have been completed 7 months before the opening.  Many leading and Pool companies confirmed their participation in Aqua-Therm Moscow 2012 Exhibition to be held on 07-10 February, 2012 in International Exhibition Center Crocus Expo, including ACV...
Whereas today’s markets request trustworthy partners with delivery of reliable products, Technol Slovenia, the FRP pressure filters and tank manufacturer has just received the ISO 9001/14001 certificate.
The structure is in the town of Ovada - AL, in the Geirino Locality, and it is a large-sized telescopic cover (“Double Energy” model) to enclose a public swimming-pool of 12,50x25,00 m. The finished cover consists of 8 sliding modules and 1 fixed module giving a total external size of 22.00m...
Preparations for putting the final touches to the 16th annual SPATEX exhibition are now well underway and all the indications are that this is going to be the very best yet! I am delighted to report that the exhibitor spaces are now officially sold out. Never before have we achieved such a large...
After sixteen years, USSPA, the first Czech manufacturer of high-end massage pools, is changing its top management. As of 1 November 2011, Ing. Kateřina Kadlecová (35), the current Marketing Manager and co-owner of the company, will officially take over as the company CEO. She will replace her...
After the success of the first two trade shows, Kamal LWED, the organizer of the exhibition, promises an event that will be even bigger, with all the exhibitors of 2011 having confirmed their participation!! This international trade show, drawing no less than 10,000 professionals and visitors,...
The first new public swimming pool constructed in Birmingham for 20 years is to open on 3 January 2012. Operated and managed by DC Leisure Management, the Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre cost over £12 million, and will be the first council leisure centre in Birmingham to be managed and operated...
SCP Europe recently organized its first "Sales Conference & Vendors Showcase" from 7th to 9th November 2011, in Lisbon, Portugal.  The two-day event brought together all SCP's teams in Europe and major global manufacturers and brands, and also  SCP's partners, market leaders in the Pool and...
The new £14.5 million Bert Williams Leisure Centre was opened in Bilston near Wolverhampton, West Midlands, in December. Named after the former England and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper who played in the 1950 World Cup, the centre replaces the existing Bilston Leisure Centre, which dates...
The organisers of the UK pool and spa trade show Spatex 2012 have unveiled further innovations for next month’s exhibition in Brighton. In addition to the growing international presence the show is attracting, and a Concept Gallery to showcase new products, for the first time the event will...
At the last Aquanale exhibition held in Cologne, Germany, Pool Cover's Belgian manufacturer, headed by Rudy LANGE signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement for its shelters across the German territory with Dorada Pool. Mr. J. Lehmann, the Chairman of Dorada Pool, a company that has been...
The Technical Programme of workshops and demonstrations at Spatex 2012 – the UK pool and spa trade show – is being hailed by the organisers as the “best ever”. Run in conjunction with the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) and featuring 15 new presentations and 22 separate...
The Qatar International Exhibition for Swimming Pools and Spas (QPS) is to be held in Doha on 26-28 September 2012 (new dates). Showcasing a complete range of pool and spa products, the event aims to capitalise on the boost in both commercial and domestic leisure-related activities following the...
The organisers of Spatex, the UK’s trade show for the wet leisure sector, have announced further developments and enhancements for the 2012 event, to be held in Brighton on 4–6 February...
The upcoming edition of CBS trade fair: Sport, Recreation, Wellness and Spa, will be held from 24 to 27 January 2012 in Poznan. It will run parallel BUDMA International Construction Fair and International Fair of Construction Machines, Vehicles and Equipment BUMASZ. Over 100 exhibitors from Poland...
The project, using Biodesign technology, saw the light of day in Porto Cesareo, one of the the most attractive seaside resorts in the the deep south of Italy...
For BIO-UV, 2011 will prove to be a year of growth, despite the uncertainties in the global economic situation. This growth will be consolidated in the form of new products and access to markets in the swimming pool sector and also in purification, effluent treatment and REUSE...
Davey Water Products, one of the leading manufacturers of Pool and Spa equipment in Australia, has announced the strengthening of their European distribution by joining their French and Spanish based distributors of Monarch salt water pool chlorinators, Monarch Pool Systems Europe (MPSE) and...
Swiss company Lonza Group has completed the acquisition of US company Arch Chemicals as a wholly owned subsidiary, now forming the new Microbial Control business division of Lonza and led by Jeanne Thoma, as previously announced...
100% Subsidiary company of Waterco Europe, it is directed by José-Angel GONZALEZ as Operations and Sales Manager. The French company will radiate on the south of Europe (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, North Africa), while Waterco Europe will deal of the...
The 16th consecutive annual Spatex wet leisure exhibition – being held in February at the newly revamped Hilton Brighton Metropole Exhibition Centre and Hotel – has benefited from a great deal of “behind the scenes” activity and will be the most successful show to date, say the...
The new and completely made in Italy product A. di Arcobaleno conquers the Spanish market: the firm B. & O. Engineering has planned and made a new model of telescopic enclosure “Energy triplo” for the sport centre “Club Natación Banyoles” in Girona...
UK heat pump specialist Calorex recently exhibited at the Piscina international pool and spa exhibition in Barcelona, emphasising its solutions to suit all global climates – and catering for installations of all sizes from the smallest residential pool to the largest Olympic-size commercial...
Billed as the biggest business event of the swimming pool, spa and sauna sector in Turkey, Pool Expo 2012 is to be held at the CNR Expo Center in Istanbul on 2–5 May 2012...
The APF Group, headed by Bruno Relmont, opened their third manufacturing unit for its automatic pool covers, Hydro Volets, last spring in Toulouse...
Based in France as Sales Manager of the Hayward Pool Europe team for almost seven years, Patrick Caty has now become its European Marketing Director. Before moving to Europe, he was the Area Sales Manager for Quebec at Hayward Pool Products Canada, a post he held since 1998.
From time to time C.P.A. srl organises meetings with people working in the Swimming Pool industry in different areas of Italy in order to talk about market developments and new products...
Celebrating the manufacture of its one millionth spa over 34 years, US company Watkins Manufacturing recently auctioned the milestone unit – a Hot Spring Aria model – among its Hot Spring dealer base worldwide, and pledged to match the winning bid with a donation to the US National Fallen...
The recent eighth annual World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) drew 410 registrations from most states of the USA and various countries around the world – an increase of 30% compared with 2010, according to the organisers...
As part of its strategy for innovation and growth, Zodiac launches a range of chemical products that will come as a complement to the automated water treatment solutions that are currently available on the EMEA markets (Europe Middle East Africa). Zodiac Pool Care Europe already markets chemical...
On the occasion of the first meeting relating to the Culligan pools, held in Bologna on October 28, an important trade agreement was officially signed. The companies involved are two major players in the hydrotherapy...
Dutch company Starline Pools & Equipment is benefiting from a robotised production facility at Overpelt in neighbouring Belgium. The factory enables six one-piece Monoblock swimming pools to be manufactured simultaneously...
In January 2010 the EUSA Presidency was entrusted to Italy and Dr. Francesco Capoccia, Assopiscine Chairman, was proud to accept the honour of chairing the European Federation of the Member Associations: Austria, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Hungary...
CHARLES River Aquatics and Myrtha Pools have entered into an agreement to bring the 2012 Olympic Trials competition pool to the greater Boston area it was announced in September. The announcement was made jointly by Kevin McGrath, CEO of Myrtha Pools and Charles River Aquatics President Mike...
Dubeco Holding bvba, parent company of LMP Poolparts, has just completed the acquisition of majority shares in Pomaz. This means that Dubeco Holding, in collaboration with the second shareholder in Pomaz, Roy Peeters, and the Managing Director of LMP Poolparts, Alain Servais, will be controlling...
Salisbury-based Catalina Spas has delivered a six-seater MMX-5 luxury spa to Paul Dalloway of Brierley Hill. Paul was the winner of a competition organised by Good Homes Magazine at the 2011 Spatex exhibition...
The 2011 Piscina BCN Awards have winners: the Davinci Magnapool System water filter, from the Australian firm Poolrite Europe, and the Visendum ecological paving, from the Spanish company Comaclara Systems have been awarded the Prize for Innovation and the Prize for Sustainability, respectively.
Following a comprehensive relaunch, the RENOLIT company website is now online. The manufacturer of high-quality plastic films and products has now merged all existing websites in a standardized platform on www.renolit.com . The new structure of the company’s website is now better aligned to the...
Between Fira BCN and the Aquanale, SCP Europe signed the acquisition of Poolway GmbH, a distribution company located near Weimar in Germany, including even a small wall production unit for above-ground and in-ground pools...
The certification, in compliance with ISO 14001:2004, was delivered by the Italian subsidiary of SGS, one of the leading international certification bodies and applies to design, production using silk-screen printing, soldering wave baths, assembly and final tests, assistance and marketing of...
The 2012 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo will be held at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, following four consecutive years in Las Vegas. The move is the result of extensive industry research, and show attendees and exhibitors also gave an overwhelmingly positive...