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The swimming pool and wellness sector continues to be dynamic, despite the current economic climate and this will be reflected in the coming Piscina BCN show which, the 20th to the 23rd of October, will showcase new trends and products 480 companies, over 60% of them foreign, 34 countries
The IMMERSTAR immersion detection alarm, developed and manufactured by French Company ACIS, has just been certified compliant to the new French standard NF P90-307-1 April 2009 (to be implemented by April 15, 2009) by the LNE (National Tests Laboratory). It is currently the only alarm on the...
the 15th April 2009, the new French standard NF P 90-307-1 applies to pool alarms for the immersion and perimetric detection by optical beams. These systems, characterized in this new standard, are used, among others, in the framework of the obligations prescribed by the 3 January 2003 law
Aqualie 2009 will bring110 French and international exhibitors together for its 3rd event. The show takes place on 1 and 2 December, 2009 at the Parc Floral in Paris, and will present a complete panorama of products on the market: design and running of aquatic and well-being centres, construction,
The Florim italian company presents the ORGANIZER at the offices of Fiorano Modenese. The exhibition area has a space called Organizer and a showroom dedicated to the Floor Gres, Rex and Cerim brand names.
A beautiful summer, which has been extended for the month of September, favours the requests for quotation for constructing swimming-pools. The professionals' stocks of equipments and products have been reduced. Enterprises have regained confidence.
Sun, 27th International Exhibition of Outdoor Products, design, furniture and accessories will be held in Rimini 8 to 10 October 2009. Like every year a pavilion (C1) is dedicated to the world of pool and spa. Among the exhibitors can be found A. di Arcobaleno, Artesian Spas, Castiglione Relax... is preparing 3 special issues for Spain, Germany and Italy: 3 magazines not to be missed, but you only have a few days to decide! Contact us for more information
Sales for 1 January - 30 June reach 320 million and EBITDA 37.9 million. In line with the company's forecast, sales during the second quarter were much improved compared to those of the first, reaching 196.6 million Euros, 14.7% less than in 2008.
now on, Special Water B.V., the manufacturer of AquaFinesse products, is ISO 9001:2008 certified. This quality standard is recognized all over the world. The guarantee of quality is one of the priorities of the company, next to that an excellent service.
The International Swimming Pool Show, Piscina Barcelona, is approaching its next edition with very good prospects. With three months to go before the show is held, the 20th to the 23rd of October, 400 companies–62% of them foreign – have confirmed their participation, which reinforces
We are pleased to inform you that the Ist Iberoamerican Trade Fair for Sporting and Recreational Facilities will be held the 19th to the 22nd of October next, as part of the International BCN Swimming Pool Trade Fair. The very first edition of this event marks an exceptional opportunity for experts...
Italian company CEMI will this year, and for the next two years, become an institutional sponsor of Udinese Calcio, the well-known Italian football club. A leading enterprise in the pools and spas industry, CEMI has decided to forge links with the sports world, and in particular Italian sporting
The Genesis 3 Design Group, one of the industry's most-respected experts in watershape design and construction, will hold four Design Schools in conjunction with the 2009 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. The Genesis 3 Design Schools allow attendees to choose one a ion of four
“Energy Efficiency and Sustainability”, “Safety and Technology” along with “Spa & Wellness” are the three key themes at the 3rd Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum. In addition, a fourth area, the “40 Years of Stainless Steel Pools” special theme, will be focusing on the...
Like every year, the General Body Meeting of IPC team, the European association of telescopic swimming-pool and spa shelter manufacturers and suppliers, took place this year.
The 2009 Int’l Pool | Spa | Patio Expo has unveiled an all-new, redesigned website that offers a bold new look, simplified navigation and improved usability that will help users access information more quickly and easily.
Terrapin Communications, Inc., maker of Safety Turtle, a personal wireless immersion alarm designed to protect young children, seniors, disabled persons and pets drowning, has announced that its product has been adopted by YMCA and other aquatic facilities to automatically alert the front desk of
The Italian firm A. Di Arcobaleno has fitted the heated "G. Nannini" pool by Lungarno Moro in Bellariva (Florence) with a telescopic cover using the new high performance ENERGY PLUS profiles. This is an innovative system, with a 240 mm profile, which allows the manufacture of covers more than 30...
Premium Leisure LLC, has announced in April 2009 it had acquired a substantial portion of the assets and intellectual property of Tampa, Florida-based Living Water Products/Tatum Manufacturing Inc. via a purchase agreement with Jack Layfield of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada-based Sunrise Spas.
Despite the current economic climate, the swimming pool sector continues to be dynamic in Spain where between 20,000 and 25,000 units are expected to be built in 2009, according to data the professional associations ASOFAP and ATEP. A market study compiled by Market AAD for Piscina BCN and the
Premium Leisure LLC, today announced it has reached an agreement with 5-time Ironman champion Heather GOLLNICK to be the spokeswoman for its new swim spa, the Swimmer’s Edge 18, as well as new swim spas that she will help design. In addition, Premium Leisure will be the exclusive, official swim...
Hanley Wood, one of the 10 largest B-to-B media companies in the United States, named Rick McConnell President of Hanley Wood Exhibitions and Shawn Pierce Senior Vice President. Hanley Wood Exhibitions produces 12 tradeshows, four of which are on the 2009 Tradeshow Week 200.
Fluidra, a Spanish group specialising in the development of applications for the sustainable use of water, has appointed two new managers within the Marketing function. Marc PEREZ has joined the company as new Marketing Manager for the South Western Europe Division and for Fluidra's Pool business
SOLAR-RIPP Modul has been nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany 2010, the country‘s highest distinction in the field of design. It is known as the “Prize of Prizes”. The reason: no other design award sets such strict criteria on entries.
SUN, the International Exhibition of Outdoor Products, is the international show dedicated to professionals in the outdoor sector. It will take place on October 8-10 at the Rimini fair trade in Italy. A privileged business platform and a unique and outstanding observatory for the whole outdoor...
SUN, the 26th International Exhibition of Outdoor Products. Design Furnishing, Accessories will take place on October 16-19, 2008 at the Rimini Expo Center. In this occasion, EuroSpaPoolnews will publish a Special Italy edition of “LE JUSTE LIEN”.
We were pleased to know that after almost 1 year of "retirement" the profession Jean-Michel RENARD has returned as the CEC Director in FIJA Group. We are sure that his experience will be a strong base for the development of this company.
This year the Italian company FITT® is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. In 1969, Rinaldo MEZZALIRA inaugurated the Viplast company that went on to become FITT®.
On 4th March, Magiline inaugurated its new industrial production site in Torvilliers. An area of 18 000 m² dedicated to manufacturing safety covers as well as liners, tarpaulins and covers for swimming-pools.
The leading European spa producer, the Czech family-owned company USSPA, opened its first foreign branch – sub company USSPA Hispania on May 29, 2009.
In June 2007, IPC Team inaugurated the biggest centre for exhibiting telescopic shelters for swimming pools and spas and giving demonstrations of these shelters. It is located along A 12 highway in Londerzeel between Anvers and Brussels.
As plans for SPATEX 2010 get underway, the Organisers have officially confirmed the dates for the 2010 show. The exhibition for professionals in the pool, spa and sauna industry will take place 6-8 February 2010 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Exhibition Centre, Brighton, UK.
French company Diffazur Piscines has just won a new award at the prestigious American competition held by the APSP (The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals). This brings the total number of awards to date to over 130. N° 1 in France and Europe, Diffazur regularly stands
Last January, French company ACIS acquired the counter-current unit manufacturing business CG Promostar (including pumps, parts to seal, frontage and accessories) for the JETVAG brand and some own brand products, as well as the NORYSTAR suppressors.
It was a grand affair when German company Speck Pumpen celebrated its 100 year jubilee on 9 May earlier this year. 1,600 guests gathered at the Frankenhalle in Nuremberg to celebrate with the Speck family and those close to the company, which included guests as far as South Africa, America and...
LE JUSTE LIEN N°14 Spring Edition has just been published in French and English. Sent to more than 8 000 professionals in France and throughout the world, it covers news and new products of Swimming pool and spa professionals.
With AQUAcouleur you can temporarily colour the water in your pool or spa. Shortly after a correct application of the product, the water will colour completely. Depending on the chlorine/bromine level in the pool, the colour will remain for up to 6 hours after adding the dye to the water. It is,...
Following an assessment, BIO-UV has been ed to provide all public swimming pools (a total of 7 establishments) managed by Geneva in Switzerland with equipment containing medium-pressure lamps. Benoît Gilmann, CEO of BIO-UV, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the city of Geneva. With...
The UHE (Ulusal Havuz Enstitüsü) - the Swimming Pool Professionals Association in Turkey - was founded on 20 April 1995. Its mission is, among others, to protect the swimming pool sector and environment against environmental pollution and the increasing tourism sector’s effects.
For the past 3 years, public swimming-pool and wellness centre suppliers have had their own exhibition: Aqualie. Drawing on the expertise of the team in charge of the world swimming-pool exhibition held in Lyon (for the 14th time in 2008), Aqualie 2009 will be the third event of its kind to be held...
Launched last year, the ive distribution network of the SpaFrance brand – a separate entity to Procopi – is based on a simple concept: to give those of its clients who wish to sell spas access to a specific range and a comprehensive marketing environment.
Since 17th February 2009, Bruno Bailly has been buying out French company Hydroswim International, of which he was the CEO. The new organisation is called MMC, the former name of Hydroswim. It was a fairly natural choice of name, the idea being to improve the understanding of the company's...
In the future water, warmth and light will form an even stronger symbiosis in Koelnmesse's trade fair portfolio. This is because Aquanale — the International Trade fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience — which will take place 28th to 31st October 2009 in Cologne, will this year for the first time...
The first Freestyle Day took place on 10th and 11th March 2009 at SCP Italy in San Bernardo d’Ivrea (TO). The event which was for Authorized Freestyle Retailers only, represented an important opportunity to present the main characteristics of the innovative construction system of insulated
The National Swimming Pool Association offers pool professionals to attend seminars with leaders who anticipate trends, understand emerging issues, and identify opportunities. Keynote speakers present at this event include: Lonnie J. KING, DVM, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The company Océazur has been a specialist in the maintenance and renovation of swimming pools for many years. Its widespread network of affiliated members provides extensive coverage throughout France. For a reasonable and flexible joining fee (school-leavers pay less), the company offers new...
After more than half a year of reconstruction, a new and expanded showroom for spas created by USSPA, the first Czech spa producer, was reopened. The showroom is located in the company’s headquarters in Dolní Dobrouč, right in the factory, where the models are produced but also designed and...
October 20 to 23 of 2009, Piscina BCN opens itself to the world of sports and recreational facilities, both public and private. It is an initiative that will serve as a meeting point for professionals in the sector. In Barcelona, a city that stands for sports worldwide.
Monmouthshire-based Oyster Pools and Leisure carried off the Peter Geekie award for retail excellence at the recent annual SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) awards, presented during the Spatex trade show in Brighton in February.
The company OCEDIS, run by President Claude HARDY, has just subscribed to an increase in capital of EURO 1,900,000, bringing its current capital to EURO 2,050,000. The company’s financial structure is now in line with its turnover, which has been steadily increasing since the foundation of the...
In timing with the new 2009 season, International Caratti is having a revamp, starting with its new logo: new graphics, new font and new colours that accurately reflect the further drive and passion of the company. Forty years of uninterrupted business activity in Europe in the pool sector have
Procopi launches an idea as effective as original: to make available personalized marketing campaigns to its customers, allowing them to exploit their commercial database. The principle is very simple...
Last March, the Latham International group - which owns the brands Pacific Pools, Fort Wayne Pools, Kafko, Triac, Coverstar and Viking Pools – was visited at its head office in Latham (close to Albany, state of New York) by Sirs Jean Louis Albouy and Benoît Rivière...
After being successful at the Lyon show and the Vegas show last November, the Covana Cover is one of the main innovations for 2009. The increasing success in North-America has driven its manufacturer to offer this product to Europe with the last generation model including exclusive new features.
One of the largest association of manufacturers and traders of swimming pool and spa enclosures welcomed a new director.
EMOTION SPA Magazine N°13 Spring edition, bilingual French/English, has been issued. 112 pages devoted to the international actuality of Spa and the Wellbeing.
The Czech manufacturer of spas USSPA launches a brand new version of its Web site. The modern, elegant and dynamic presentation allows an easier and clear browsing. The whole architecture as well as the graphic charter were reworked in order to help the future purchasers
Procopi UK recently hosted a trip to its Brittany manufacturing plants for a number of UK pool dealers. The visit was designed to raise the profile of Procopi UK’s product range and demonstrate the quality of manufacture. The visit began at Guingamp with a tour around the injection and extrusion...
With its original and innovative design, the solar pool heater "Modul" the German manufacturer SOLAR-RIPP® succeeded in one of the most renowned and hardest international design competitions worldwide: the red dot award. In the product design competition, it was awarded the “red dot”
Fluidra continues to bet on the Asian market. The Spanish multinational group, which specialises in the development of applications for the sustainable use of water, has opened a regional branch in Thailand, strategically located in a business park only 5 km Bangkok international airport.
The American company Coast Spas has just appointed a new Regional Sales Manager. David LUCIANO is now responsible for providing Dealer sales and training support to Coast Spas Dealers in the Western United States. He brings more than 17 years of industry experience to this position.
Hydropool is committed to being a leading edge environmentally friendly manufacturer and is the only one in the world that produces carbon-neutral hot tub and swim spa. A partnership with Livclean Corp has just been finalized to enable the company
Cal Spas announced today that it has launched a yearlong celebration to mark its 30th anniversary in the spa and home resort products industry. As part of the celebration, a 30th anniversary logo will appear on all marketing, advertising and public relations activity and serve as a focal point
SCP UK decided to change the way in which they presented their product ranges for 2009. Instead of attending the Trade Exhibition in Brighton they chose this year to present their products, along with the support of their major suppliers, at a local Hotel in Gatwick, over a 3 day period in January.
Last December, the French company CLAIR AZUR, distributor in France of the Hydropool brand, presented an exclusive at the Pool and Spa Event in Paris - a new system for programming the dispensing of well-being treatments for spas. Laurent BESSON, Director General of the company, told us
On 20 January 2009, ITT Corporation announced an agreement with Balboa Water Group to sell HydroAir USA and HydroAir Denmark as per 1. March 2009. Within the framework of Balboa Water Group, the company shall be operating under the name of HydroAir International, a Division of Balboa Water Group.
Hydropool Industries, Canadian manufacturer of spas, has just celebrated its 30 years in the business. As he was passing through Europe, we took this opportunity to interview Cédric Noslier, the new Territory Development Europe Manager for the brand, who is looking for new partners to complete its...
After the successful launch of the combined salt/pH POOLSQUAD®, POOL TECHNOLOGIE, represented by its director Philippe Girard, now presents the JUSTSALT® in the United States.
Preserving the environment has always been a priority for SCP, which is currently working with its main suppliers to develop products which have a low energy consumption level.
Depuis le 1er septembre dernier Flexinox a rejoint Filinox pour ne former plus qu’une seule compagnie, Filinox-Flexinox S.A., dans l’optique d’unifier les synergies des deux organisations.
Bringing together for the first time three shows within a single event, the major worldwide rendez-vous for the pool sector has asserted its relevance, both in terms of number of exhibitors and visitors attending the event and also by the quality of the contacts made.
SCP Pool Corporation, leader mondial de la distribution et de l'équipement de piscines et spas, a choisi le Salon Mondial de la Piscine et du Spa de Lyon pour annoncer sa toute récente acquisition, avec le rachat de la société espagnole PROPLAS PLASTICOS signé à Madrid le 31 octobre dernier.
Stéphane Barralis, founder and CEO of Clair’Azur, is going forward: he has now become Hydropool’s VP of Sales and Marketing - Europe, and is operating out of Hydropool’s headquarters in Toronto (Canada).
Calorex Heat Pumps has reaffirmed its top level manufacturing pedigree with the confirmation it has achieved the ISO 9001 benchmark, the standard for quality management systems worldwide.
Founded in 1973, Nordique France celebrates 35 years in the French market. The company name reflects the Swedish origin of M. Erik von Kantzow, who brought the Nordic spirit into the country where he decided to live.
SCP Europe launches its new Export department. It will cater exclusively to the European subsidiaries' contacts that reside outside of the five countries in which SCP is already present, namely the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
SCP Pool Corporation, the worldwide leader in Swimming Pool Products, celebrates their first 10 years in Europe (1998-2008). Founded in New Orleans (USA) in 1980, it has grown in stature and kept on developing its international market coverage.
The 2nd User Conference of the Wellness branch was held last 14 October in Stuttgart. This discussion forum, which proved to be a real success, was organized by the company Lux Elements and gathered 65 of its customers, originating 30 countries on all continents.
Hayward Industries, Inc., a market leader in swimming pool and flow control products, today announces the acquisition of Cat Controllers, Inc. a leading manufacturer of automatic water quality management systems for residential and commercial swimming pools, spas, water parks and other water...
Turkish manufacturer Tum Plastik Ltd. started its activities in 1971 as supplier of plastic components to main industries. Today, the company is the leader of its country in terms of design, production and sales of equipment including pumps, ball valves, butterfly, checkvalves, unions,...
MAAX® Spas has announced that it will no longer manufacture spas and hot-tubs under the Coleman® Spas by MAAX brand name and that the line of models will now be known as MAAX® Spas.
Hayward Industries, Inc. today announces the acquisition of Summit Pool Heaters, a major Canadian heat pump manufacturer.
On 29th February more than 200 people participated in the inauguration of the new buildings of head-office of SCP France and the SCP branch in Rodez. On this occasion, clients and suppliers had the opportunity to visit the new sites.
Ecology is a major concern these days. That is the reason why Pentair Water Pool & Spa™ has decided to go green and will introduce the Eco ™ Brand for their environmentally friendly products during the Lyon Pool show 2008.
Procopi S.A., the French multi-specialist manufacturer of pool equipment and spas, has just signed a partnership agreement with Tanseeq L.L.C., part of the Proscape group in the United Arab Emirates.
Proteus is strengthening its European development with the creation of an export management position held by Claudio Bonfanti. He will be in charge of the European distributors network, particularly in France, where it is directed by Julien Herrise and is already comprised of about twenty members. met Rosalba Boaretto, Manager of the Swimming Pools Business Unit of FLAG Soprema Group, one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of synthetic surfaces for waterproofing purposes mainly destined to the following sectors – underground works – plumbing works and...
Cemi, market leader in the sector of water parks and wellness centres both in Italy and abroad, opens the 2008 year with a great event: the inauguration of “ELDORADO”, 45 000 m² dedicated to entertainment, wellness and health, studied and realized by Cemi.
AstralPool, which belongs to the holding company Fluidra, has launched a new facility in October 2008. The new offices are located in the Leshegy industrial zone of the city of Szigetszentmiklos, very near to Budapest, Hungary.
The owners of the new premium Hotel "Las Playitas" in Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, decided to have solar heating installed by Solar-Ripp to keep the 2 000 m3 of water in their Olympic training pool at a constant 25 to 26 C°.
The complete unit called Swim Spa XL and Combi Spa including the new cover structure with lifter USSPA was nominated at this year's International building fair in Brno, Czech Republic.
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Present in Portugal since 2001, the SCP - Poolcorp group demonstrates its willingness to pursue growth in the Iberian peninsula by opening its 3rd location in Santo Tirso, near Porto.
Swimming-pools under the aegis of the letter Z: manufacturing and managing swimming-pools. Europool Italia, a company belonging to the Zodiac group, presents the preview of the Zodiac Days’09 initiative, a training course dedicated to swimming-pool experts split into 10 different courses held in...
Astral’s temporary Skypool was used as the swimming pool in the wet-leisure area of the recent Leisure Industry Week exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham for the fourth year running.
For Gruppo Piscine Castiglione/Myrtha Pool guidelines are crucial. It is not only a matter of traditional training. The swimming-pool sector is in fact based on technical foundations, and requires special competences including technico-commercial engineers, technical designing abilities and last...
Australasia’s top eco-friendly pools announced.The first national Environmental Awards for the swimming pool industry have been presented at a gala dinner on the Gold Coast by SPLASH! magazine. Entries were received every state in Australia and also New Zealand.
SPLASH! has been hailed as the largest ever pool and spa trade show in Australia after breaking all industry records. The 93 exhibitors filled two halls of the Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast, totalling 1360 square-metres of floorspace.