The Dutch company (Re)Cover BV, situated in Waalwijk, was selected by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to join a trade mission to Portugal on 10, 11 and 12 October. This trade mission visit coincides with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima's state visit to President Rebelo de Sousa.
The trade mission to Portugal focussed specifically on sustainable energy generation and environmental technology. Portugal is a leader in sustainable energy in Europe. The aim of this mission was to improve cooperation between the Dutch and Portuguese industries in this sector.
(Re)Cover, that manufactures swimming pool covers for the Dutch market as well as for export, was delighted to receive the invitation. Patricia Verboven says: “Portugal is ahead of the game when it comes to adopting sustainable energy. However, oddly enough, though Portugal has an abundance of swimming pools, most are not covered. This is a shame, because significant energy savings are missed out in this way. It is also unfortunate for commercial reasons, because the tourist sector could grow if the season was extended, with warm swimming pool available from March to October.”
Over 12 million foreign tourists visit Portugal in the summer months and tourism is Portugal's most important source of income. Janneke de Louw, co-owner of (Re)Cover adds: “Tourists demand that swimming pools have a temperature of at least 28°C. We have developed a unique polycarbonate slatted cover with UV protection: the ‘Clean(eR)’ cover. I dare say that this is the most sustainable cover available because we provide it with solar power that not only insulates the swimming pool but also heats the water.”