The latest news for pool and spa professionals

Stand space for the 2014 Spatex trade show is already 75% sold, the organisers have announced. Being staged at the Ricoh Arena on 2–4 February, Spatex 2014 will feature a Gala Dinner on the opening evening, and a dedicated Leisure Operators’ Day on Tuesday 4 February.
Jacuzzi Brands Corporation today announced that Peter Munk has been appointed as President of Global Spa as part of its continued strengthening of the Jacuzzi leadership structure.  In this newly created role, Mr. Munk will focus his efforts on the growth of the spa business worldwide, to include...
According to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and in compliance with the G8 IMO Guidelines, BIO-UV is awarded theType Approval from Bureau Veritas,on behalf of the French Administration, for its Ballast Water Treatment Systems...
US hot tub company Clearwater Spas has introduced a second brand to the company portfolio. Called Birch Bay Hot Tubs, the line-up includes 12 models to choose from within three series – Luxury, Therapy and Recreation.
The magazine PISCINAS HOY was born from the continuity’s wish of a human team with more than 30 years of experience in the sector. Accompanied of “INSTALACIONES DEPORTIVAS HOY”, they inform and keep up the professional of the sector in his daily activity in order to improve, innovate and...
The Italian company, Piscine Castiglione-Myrtha Pools, which has over 50 years of experience in the swimming pools sector, will construct and install two temporary pools at the Palau Sant Jordi for the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona from 19th July to 4th August.
From 22nd to 25th October 2013, the next aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, will take place in Cologne in association with FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities. Around 1,000 exhibitors from the sport, games, swimming pool,...
The SPLASH! Asia pool exhibition has just ended. A superb exhibition that was well organized jointly by Noémi Petit (Gl-events, France) and Melanie Robertson (Interpoint Events, Australia), the two co-organizers of the pool SPLASH! Asia 2013 event, assisted by an efficient team, with great...
To face the increasing demand for After Sales Service during the bathing season, Pool Technology has chosen to adapt to the demands of its professional customers.
Leading independent pool and spa equipment distributor Golden Coast has appointed electro-mechanical specialist Roy Almond to its technical team to strengthen the company's in-house expertise in control panels.  
Biodesign offers patented swimming pool construction technology that allows you to customise every single detail of a pool, while respecting the environment at the same time. The company aims to create a network of agents who will specialise in the sale, installation and maintenance of Biodesign...
The organisers of the UK Pool & Spa Expo have announced that early forecasts for their 2014 event have surpassed expectations.
UK pool chemical controller manufacturer Topline Electronics has won a £330,000 contract to supply its hot tubs to the Exclusive Lodges in Center Parcs Woburn Forest village, due for completion in spring 2014.
The 8th International Exhibition of swimming pool and its technologies, sauna and spa, BAZÉNY Sauny and Spa will open its doors from 17 to 21 September 2013 at PVA Expo in Prague. Among the first companies registered are leaders and innovative companies on the market of pools, hot tubs, spas and...
Ozone and water treatment specialist Triogen has appointed Golden Coast as its UK distributor. Triogen says the appointment will increase availability of its complete range of water treatment systems for both private and commercial swimming pools.
The wellness revolution is coming to Barcelona with the international Wellness & Spa Experiences Event. Through practical cases and interventions by experts from around the world, the congress, hosted by the  Swimming Pool Show, Piscina Barcelona, will feature all the knowhow of centres dedicated...
UK-based Mineral Supplies International (MSI) has appointed Victoria Plompen-Philip as director of European sales with responsibility for Belgium, Holland and Germany with other countries to follow. Victoria's background is from within the industry and she has been involved in the European pool...
Pentair is a committed company in both the area of environment and sustainability and in the area of human rights and development. Therefore, the company began thie year a partnership with the Humanitarian Association Morija in Burkina Faso. This cooperation started with an initial donation of $...
The French company Leader Pool Diffusion is widening its international network, building on its presence in Canada, Greece and the Netherlands and branching out into the Middle East market through a manufacturer called Oasis Dream, which has created a 32 x 12 m pool in the sand (just ten metres...
PPG has recently started to actively sell and support construction businesses in the swimming pool industry in France and Germany. As a reliable and experienced supplier of pool accessories, PPG specifically decided to target swimming pool construction companies.
VisionWerx, the parent company of the SpaBerry branded personal luxury spa line, is moving its manufacturing division to western Canada. SpaBerry branded products will now be built at the Coast Spas manufacturing facility in Langley, BC, Canada.
Praher/Peraqua won the 2013 Golden Wave Award with the AquaStar SafetyPack in the category swimming pool technology. The jury, consisting of renowned and experienced swimming pool constructors and experts was convinced by its innovation, safety and efficiency.  
EuroSpaPoolNews has launched on March 30th its 2nd edition of the First International Professional Pool Contest, iPool 2013, which will run until July 31st 2013. The contest is only open to pool professionals.
Pool equipment distributor SCP Europe and Canadian company Latham Pool Products have renewed a cooperation agreement, revamping the Perma-Life Polymer Pool Program focusing on 1.22 metre and 1.52 metre wall height panels.
Toulouse-based company MMP has bought the trade name and the related patents for the Mopper robot pool cleaner, having been producing it as a subcontractor for three years. Positioned in the mid-range and high-end segment, the Mopper is sold by major retailers operating in the garden or swimming...
Disabled pool equipment manufacturer Hexagone has appointed Fabrizio Ferrari as export manager. Well known in the Italian pool market, he will manage the European subsidiaries of Hexagone Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Switzerland and Holland, and also expand the company’s presence in the 40...
As soon as the good weather arrives, pool professionals are highly sought after, typically between Easter and the summer holidays. During this period, it is not uncommon to work 7 days a week, including holidays!
With 60% of its turnover being generated overseas, BIO-UV is diversifying and has announced the launch of the BIO-SEA® system – a ballast water treatment system, which has been certified by French company Bureau Veritas, and which is fully compliant with the regulations of the International...
Zodiac Pool Care EMEA has appointed Antoine Ballon as Vice President Marketing EMEA. In this post, Mr Ballon, aged 46, a graduate of IFAG Paris, will apply his knowledge to reinforce the marketing strategy and positioning of the brand.
The Australian pool and spa association SPASA (Swimming Pool and Spa Alliance) is launching a national trade exhibition to be staged in mid-August. Called the SPASA Convention, the event will comprise a national trade expo combined with educational workshops, as well as providing a platform to...
Visitors to About.com, ranked as the 79th most-visited site in the world by alexa.com, have chosen Coast Spas hot tubs as the best hot tub brand for 2013.
Poolrite Australia and Poolrite Research have gone into liquidation, and negotiations are underway to sell the assets to AstralPool Australia, reports Splash! Magazine. The AstralPool offer is worth $7.5 million, with $4.5 million to be paid on settlement, followed by two payments of $1.5 million...
The organisers of the Spatex trade show have announced that stand bookings for the 2014 event at the Ricoh Arena are “running at an unprecedented high” after booking opened three weeks ago.
Piscine SPLASH! Asia will take place from 20-21 May 2013 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.Piscine SPLASH! Asiais a must attend exhibition for manufacturers, retailers, pool builders, landscapers, contractors, architects, engineers and pool service technicians....
Prime minister David Cameron has officially kicked off Certikin International’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations by visiting the company’s Witney headquarters, which are in his constituency.  
Despite the state of the economy, and the continuing credit crunch, there was a surprising but welcome upbeat feel to this year’s Spatex pool and spa trade show – the last to be held in Brighton for the time being before next year’s move to the Ricoh Arena in the Midlands. The organisers had...
Independent wet leisure product distributor Golden Coast is spreading the message that ‘if you can sell pools, you can sell saunas’, as part of its ongoing package of resources to help dealers’ businesses grow.
The US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has announced a new make-up for its management board, which took effect on 1 November 2012. President of Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates D. Scot Hunsaker was elected President of the Board, succeeding John Puetz, Director of Technology at Advantis....
European spa brand Passion Spas and USA-based Almost Heaven Saunas have announced a partnership to begin distribution of Passion Spas and swim-spas in America.  The companies have formed a US division that will be headquartered in Holland, Michigan, coordinating sales and distribution of Passion...
Real innovation brings about permanent improvements in the market. This is why Europe's largest-circulation pool & spa magazine "Schwimmbad & Sauna" (www.schwimmbad.de), an organisation with more than 40 years of tradition, awards a prize every two years for the most forward-looking developments...
The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) has endorsed the recent report from the Health Protection Agency on the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Stoke in 2012, emphasising the need to follow the existing guidelines regarding display spas and hot tubs that are already...
Potential exhibitors at the Spatex 2014 trade show attended an open day on 20 March at the event’s new venue, the Ricoh Arena, to see the facilities for themselves.
Exhibitions and conferences, organizer Heights with the support of Watermaster Qatar as sponsor and the partnership of the Qatar Civil Defense Department, has announce the launch of the 2nd International Exhibition and conference for Swimming Pools and Spas, which is to be held from November 6-8...
The organisers of the UK Pool & Spa Expo 2013 have said the new event at the NEC got off to a “flying start”, confirming a claimed total of over 1600 visitors. Commenting on the professional approach of the exhibitors in making the launch event a success, event director Claire Saunders said:...
A commercial pool in the Netherlands has become what is claimed to be the first such facility in Europe to feature all LED lighting – for general and ambient units, as well as underwater lighting.
A searchable database tracking global incidents in or related to swimming pools and hot tubs has been developed by the US National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). Called the Worldwide Aquatic News Incident Database (WANID), it tracks global aquatic incidents that may result in injury, illness,...
The International Swimming Pool Show is being held for the first time in Russia. The event Piscina Moscow, organised by Fira de Barcelona and Europexpo –Russia’s biggest exhibition operator- is opening today with the aim of helping Spanish and European companies to get a market share in...
The 2013 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo [PSP] has issued a Call for Presentations to all educators, consultants and specialists from around the world who want to share their knowledge and business expertise as presenters for the educational conference program. Taking place November 9, 2013,...
The venue for Piscine SPLASH! Asia 2013 has been changed to the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The dates remain unchanged: 20th -21st May 2013. Piscine SPLASH! Asia is the result of the association of two reputed pool and spa show organizers: GL Events and  Piscine and...
Aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, will take place on different days starting in 2013. The fair will be open from Tuesday to Friday in the future - as will FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities.
Bosta France, a subsidiary of MegaGroup, is expanding its customer network with the acquisition of Soditral SA, which was completed on 1st October 2012.  Soditral, a leading supplier in products for pool maintenance, material and equipment to wholesalers, contributes with its experience, its wide...
By acquiring Veico, Fluidra is to create its own manufacturing structure to make headway in a region experiencing strong growth. After the United States and France, Brazil is the third largest pool market in the world, with a park of approximately 1.4 million pools. The organisation of the World...
Piscina Barcelona offers three major platforms for doing business and networking at three strategic locations in the global market.  Piscina Barcelona, Piscina Moscow and Expolazer, in Brazil, represent 3 unique business opportunities for pool professionals.
Jointly with Saudi Kitchen & Bathroom Expo 2013, Saudi Pool & Spa Expo 2013 will come on stage for the first time in Jeddah from April 30 to May 2. The shows will be structured around pool, spa, kitchen and bathroom sectors and will gather global industry manufacturers, suppliers,
The organisers of UK pool and spa trade show Spatex have announced that visitor numbers for the first two days of this year’s event were up 17% on those for 2012. Trade visitor attendance was up 10.7% on 2010, while attendance from installation, maintenance and retail businesses was also up...
The craze for Jacuzzis, spas, saunas and hammams among private individuals is growing. To find sound advice on the products that one should use for such equipment, they naturally turn to professional pool builders. The latter have thus gradually become the main interlocutors and distributors of...
The inaugural UK Pool & Spa Show gave a pretty good account of itself (see news story elsewhere on this website), with a number of companies being newcomers to the UK pool and spa exhibition scene. Several exhibiting companies were also planning to exhibit at Spatex, opting to try both shows to...
Representatives from five of the UK’s leading leisure organisations (DC Leisure, SLM, Leisure Connection, Fusion Lifestyle and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham) have met with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Cap 2 – the developer of the ASA-endorsed CoursePro learn-to-swim...
Piscine Expo Maroc, in Casablanca, an exhibition dedicated to the pool, spa, well-being, and green spaces. A few days ahead of the Piscine Expo Maroc, which will celebrate its 4th edition from 27th February to 3rd March 2013 in Casablanca, Kamal LWED, the dynamic creator and organizer of the...
Palintest are the leaders in water analysis technology with over 50 years experience of manufacturing reliable and easy to use systems for measurement of water quality in both public and private swimming pools and spas.
Jacuzzi Group Worldwide has acquired Dimension One Spas, with the company continuing to operate as a separate unit and remaining at its current site in Vista, California. The business will now will be called New Dimension One Spas.
The organisers of UK pool and spa trade show Spatex are holding an open day for all existing and potential exhibitors and visitors to next year’s event at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The inaugural UK Pool & Spa Expo event at the NEC has been billed as a success, according to show organisers New Events.
PIP is a unique program which recognizes and rewards its top performing dealers. Who can join? This program is only for builders, retailers and service companies in the swimming pool industry. How does it work? Pentair wants to encourage you to sell its equipment, and
The latest novelties, products and services from the best Italian and foreign companies, up to date information and training with the experts of the sector: ForumPiscine is the only event in Italy offering an exhibition and a congress of international scope to professionals and developers,...
Pool and spa trade distributor SCP UK has announced the appointment of new sales manager Geoff Nunn at the company’s Gatwick branch. He has been in the industry for eight years managing a local retail company and in sales management for 19 years in the retail industry. Meanwhile new products for...
RJE Technologies, Inc., has acquired the assets of Terrapin Communications effective November 1, 2012. This includes the Safety Turtle product line that will join RJE’s expanding line of water safety products.
Celebrating its 50th year, pool and spa distributor Certikin International is launching a number of new products and promotions during 2013 – which will be displayed at Spatex. Among the newcomers are a new Caldera Spa, Certikin flow fittings, a tiled spa, an Endless Summer pool enclosure, the...
The new Urban Oasis spa by MAAX Spas is causing quite a stir in the world of luxury wellness. This is the first spa with a contemporary design that finishes with the common looks of hot tubs. Great style, sophisticated colors and proven technology are combined to create the ultimate spa...
The organisers of the Spatex trade show have hinted at a venue change for 2014 in response to industry pressure. Writing in her final pre-show message before the exhibition opens its doors on Sunday 3 February, show organiser Michele Bridle says: “We acknowledge that there are calls within the...
Skills specialist SkillsActive is taking stand space at the Spatex 2013 show to promote its work in boosting professionalism of employees in the aquatic sector through the Register of Aquatic Professionals.
Paralympic swimming gold medal winner Ellie Simmonds has officially opened a 1930s East London swimming pool following a £16.5 million refurbishment.
Visitors to the Certikin stand at next month’s Spatex show can enter a competition to win a three-door Volkswagen Up! city car.
The series of video tutorials from pool equipment distributor Golden Coast showing how to perform common mechanical, electrical and maintenance tasks on pools and spas have recorded their 30,000th YouTube hit.
Aqua Sun Ozone and SNTech are the respective winners of the ‘Best New Product’ and ‘Best Green Product’ categories at the 2012 US International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, the organisers have announced.
Recently, at the International Interbad Fair we met Jeff Sanchez, the new Sales and Marketing Director at Pentair for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has explained its development goals as well as the marketing strategy set up by Pentair on these three areas.
The government-funded organisation UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is exhibiting at Spatex 2013 to explain how it can help businesses break into export markets. With a presence in 100 countries around the world, UKTI provides trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow...
The IPool2012 Contest, the first international swimming pool competition on the Internet, organized by EuroSpaPoolNews.com, was a resounding success! In fact, this web encounter generated more than 10,000 visits per month, recorded 60 participants from 9 different countries with a collection of...
Canadian hot-tub manufacturer and exporter Coast Spas has claimed a top-three placing in the Consumer Products category of British Columbia’s Export Awards competition.
Created in 2011, the 1st 100% Internet procurement site B2B PISCINE thus has an inventory, available to professionals, that is organised around logistics platforms serving all of France.
He gives us the reasons for Fluidra's consistently positive results, and especially for the swimming pool market, evokes the lines of development in Europe and the consolidation of Certikin and AstralPool in France.
The International Exhibition and Congress will be taking place at the Bologna Fair from 21 to 23 February. The latest news, products and services from many Italian and foreign companies will be featured, as well as upgrades and training with industry experts: everybody who is anybody in the...
Reed Sunaidi, the joint venture company that partners the world’s leading event organiser Reed Exhibitions with Sunaidi Expo in Saudi Arabia is delighted to announce the creation of a strategic national alliance with Tuskon Evrensel Fuar AS, a subsidiary of the Confederation of Businessmen and...
UK POOL & SPA EXPO 2013 organisers today announced that the 2013 event will produce from 24 to 26 January a number of new initiatives and launches for the UK market. Of the many events taking place during the show two features will be of particular interest – the “UKTI Meet the Buyer...
The next edition of SPORTS CENTER CONSTRUCTION - Sport, Recreation, Wellness and SPA, will be held from 29th of January to 1st of February 2013 in Poznan. It will run parallel BUDMA International Construction Fair and International Fair of Construction Machines, Vehicles and Equipment BUMASZ.
Meet us again in 2013 with our Special Editions of LE JUSTE LIEN at these international exhibitions, in UK, in Poland, in Russia, in Italia
ZODIAC Marine & Pool has agreed to acquire SET Schmidt Energietechnik (SET), a market leader of swimming pool equipment, located in Hemmingen, Germany. With the acquisition of SET, Zodiac strengthens its pool care activities in Europe and especially in Germany, where Zodiac Marine & Pool is...
The 8th Egypt Pool & Water Technology Exhibition is preparing. This exhibition is an event that highlights and brings answers to the increasing demand for swimming pools in Egypt and in the Middle East in general. It will be held from 26 till 28 February 2013, at the Cairo International Convention...
MegaGroup Trade, a technical wholesale company selling components for water transport systems, will establish a European Distribution Center in Veghel, in the south of the Netherlands.
ELBTAL PLASTICS GmbH is an innovative German manufacturer, creating and manufacturing all kinds of high quality flexible PVC sheets. The company is well renowned internationally in the pool market thanks to its range of sheet liners and reinforced membranes for public and private pools in PVC-P,...
Over half of the exhibitors at UK trade show SPATEX 2013 are exhibiting for the very first time or are using Spatex as a launchpad for new products, say the organisers. Established companies are also emphasising their commitment to the event, underlining its status as a key element in their...
The Savior 5,000 solar-powered pump and filtration system was the winner of the Best New Product award at the recent International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo in New Orleans, USA.
SEVESO 2 logistics and storage: the GACHES CHIMIE strengths In order to support the growth of its Swimming Pool Department, GACHES CHIMIE is doubling its packaging capacity (liquids and solids) and is due to officially open a new storage building equipped with robotic racks at the end of this...
BIO-UV, Europe’s leading water treatment company using ultraviolet rays, specializes in chlorine-free automatic treatment of private pools and dechloramination of public or semi-public swimming pools. 
Swedish specialist pump manufacturer Pahlén is once again back under the full control of the founding family, after they bought back 100% of the company’s shares. Pahlén had brought in an external partner in 2007 to fund major company expansion, but now feels the time is right to regain full...
The government organisation UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is to support a dedicated B2B brokerage zone at UK Pool & Spa Expo to host pre-arranged meetings between international attendees and the UK industry. Information on the buyers attending and their interests will also be distributed to UK Pool...
With 15 years of expertise in the industry, and extensive experience in international trade, 9 years ago Michel CAVAGNOL created a B-to-B supply company in the swimming pool industry. He combined his industrial expertise with the needs of major actors in the market to look for quality products and...
On 25th October, the annual «Totally Hayward» dinner was held at LMP POOL PARTS, with all its clients who are members of the programme, and the Hayward team.  This enjoyable evening was also the opportunity to analyse the season and for sharing ideas for the future around a good meal during a...
Two of the world’s leading pool & spa trade show organisers have formed a partnership to host a new event for the Asian pool & spa market. The new event called Piscine SPLASH! Asia combines the resources of GL events, organisers of the world’s largest pool show, Piscine and Interpoint Events,...
Hydropool Spas, the Canadian spa manufacturer, has celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. Since its inception, the company has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of spas and swim spas in the world.  With headquarters in Toronto (Canada), its European operations (storage platforms,...