From 27 to 30 October 2015, the next edition of the trade fair duo aquanale (the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool and Ambience) and the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities, FSB, is being staged in Cologne. Just under two months before the fairs kick off, all signs indicate they are going to be a success.
Both of the trade fairs are almost fully booked and many manufacturers have expanded their stand areas. More than 900 companies from around 50 countries will be presenting their products and services in the exhibition halls 6, 7, 9 and 10.2 in Cologne. Increased interest has been recorded especially in the private swimming pool sector, particularly from suppliers in the swimming pool technology, pools and water treatment sectors.
Furthermore, through the relocation to the modern Northern Halls of Koelnmesse, aquanale and FSB also have a new hall concept that is divided up into in six clearly defined themed worlds. As such, the Cologne trade fair duo maps one of the biggest marketplaces of the swimming pool industry. Already existing synergies in the private and public swimming pool, sauna and wellness sector will be more efficiently bundled, which will further improve the visiting conditions for the exhibitors and trade fair visitors. The joint supporting programme, which once again this year targets visitors from the private and public swimming pool sector, is the centre of attention.
Industry giants at large
The suppliers from the "Swimming Pool Technology", "Private Swimming Pool Area", Public Swimming Pool Construction", "Sauna and SPA", "Private Spa" and "Green Living" sectors that have already confirmed their attendance include among others the following companies: Alpha Wellness Sensations, Behncke GmbH, Bieri Alpha Covers, Edelstahl, Fluidra, Futurepool, Maytronics, Dr. Nüsken Chemie, osf Hansjürgen Meier, Riviera Pool, Softub Whirlspools, Whirpools World, Wibit Sports and WIBRE.
The association partners of aquanale, the German Association of Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw) and the Federal Association for Sauna Construction, Infrared and Steam Baths (BSB) are represented as a central industry meeting point in Hall 6. The content-related umbrella brand is the joint supporting programme with international congresses and high-quality special events.
6th Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum
For the sixth time already, aquanale and FSB will be presenting trends and themes that move the swimming pool, sport and wellness industry in their congress programme. The 6th Cologne Swimming Pools and Wellness Forum will provide information, ideas and practical tips as well as an outlook of the development of the industry on all four days of the trade fair.
In the "Technology & Knowledge" category, the theme is the new European norms for privately used swimming pools. Structures, contents and solution approaches will be presented here. Furthermore, tips will be given on the practical application of the standards.
The "PlanerForum Pool Construction" will focus on the sustainable renovation of public swimming pools. In the "Hotel Pools & Sauna Facilities" sector, the emphasis is also being placed on energy efficiency and economic viability. The rubric "Health Factor Bathing" shows which significance the water oasis has for one's vitality and wellbeing. Safety in swimming baths and questions regarding staff development are also on the agenda of the congress. Cross-industry themes such as the type-specific communication and personnel management round off the programme.
International Swimming Pool Congress expands supporting programme
For the first time ever, the trade fair duo is also hosting the 8th International Swimming Pool Congress of the German Society for Natural Bathing Waters (DGfnB). Around 1,000 congress participants from all over the world are expected to attend the event from 28 to 30 October 2015. Under the motto "Variety on the Water", the speakers will inform the participants about trends, norms and quality assurance programmes as well as providing the latest cognitions on natural water treatment, water filtration and giving tips on sustainable water care.
Moreover, renowned international companies will present their services, products and innovations on the special area dedicated to the theme of natural pools and swimming ponds that spans 270 square metres. The trade visitors can gather information on the advantages of natural bathing waters on-site from the swimming pool specialists and planners. The Pondy Prize will be awarded for the first time in the scope of the 8th International Swimming Pool Congress.
Special event: "Health Factor Bathing"
During FSB and aquanale, the joint special exhibition "Health Factor Bathing" of the European Waterpark Association e.V. (EWA) and Koelnmesse will demonstrate that active healthcare can also be fun. Prevention and rehabilitation are no longer themes addressed purely by the traditional spas, but have indeed for some time provided the essential impetus for visiting sport and leisure facilities. The new Prevention Act on the theme "effective health promotion and prevention" was one of the main stimuli for the exhibition.
Trade fair opening hours:
The trade fair duo, FSB and aquanale, is open to visitors
from 27 to 29 October 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
and on 30 October 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.