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spnshows PISCINE – 18-21 NOVEMBER 2008, LYON, FRANCE
THE 3 BIG THEMES AT LYONS
ENERGY SAVINGS pools, the logistics and technology are also REFURBISHMENT
Energy saving and environmentaly friendly changing thanks to the use of ever more At the end of 2007 there were a
systems ended up being the top theme at sophisticated technology. We are going registered 1.346 million private swimming
the show. towards a ‘zero default’ pool with total pools in France – putting the country
33 new products were aimed at comfort.” added Mr Delaime. second in the league table of pool
providing pool and spa owners with ownership behind the United States.
options both to cut down on costs and Despite a slowing of the market in 2008,
look at ‘green’ options. SPA INNOVATIONS due to mediocre weather conditions and a
Pierre Delaime from the show organisers “If the hot tub market is to make a tough economic climate, owning a
said: “The demand for products which recovery in 2009 it will be on the back of swimming pool is still among the five top
reduce the weekly costs of running a pool developments in technology – and better wishes of the French public.
will without doubt be the main theme for products,” Jean Paulonne from the French Much of the emphasis within the
the industry worldwide over the next five spa association said that the new products specialist trade is now renovating and
years. It is a challenge to the trade. We and energy for the hot tub trade at Lyons upgrading existing pools – rather than
must find ways to solve the energy issue. gave “hope for the next two years”. building new ones.
One of the star products at the show was Europe’s spa companies turned out in Said Pierre Delaime: ”I think at Lyons
from Covrex who displayed a safety, force at Lyons and what was clear is that the pool trade was very aware there will
insulation and heating cover made of foam there is still life and sales at the top end of not be the growth in new pools that has
PVC .The Covrex slates are connected with the market. Over 85 new tubs and been enjoyed throughout Europe from
highly resistant hollow polyurethane innovations were launched. 2002 to 2007. So the emphasis has to be
elements through which the swimming pool “There is such an awareness of the investment in existing pools,
water can flow. Depending on the amount wellness themes linked to hot tubs. It is refurbishment, landscaping, better
of sunshine, the system can add several clear that the therapeutic benefits of the covers, better filters, better energy
degrees to the swimming pool water. hut tub are now much more to the fore. It’s saving products, better use of solar
“Pools are often built facing south in almost a medical benefit that energy and better use of ‘eco-friendly’
order to benefit from a maximum of manufacturers are seeking to promote. systems within pools.
sunlight; they are now being fitted with This is the message consumers are keen to “The pool is no longer just a place to
solar panels to use natural energy to heat hear. Someone said that it’s a question of swim. It has become a place for well
the air and the water. telling the consumers what they want, not being and body care often including a
“Using these new installations the pool asking them. I think that is a great spa. It is a place for sports with the
can considerably reduce energy related marketing belief for the hot tub industry.“ appropriate installations and new
costs and produce its own natural, CO
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The trade was very upbeat at Lyons. functions such as counter current
free, environmentaly friendly energy. The hot tub industry isn’t now about a swimming, and it is also a leisure area
“As the architecture of public pools novelty business – it’s about quality and with children’s games. So there is a lot we
changes, and especially publicly owned long term benefits. can do even when new pools are not
being built in such large numbers.”
THIS: Orpington based RehaMed International flew the flag in the Great Britain section at Lyons
with their display of automatic and semi automatic aquatic lifts
“UK EXHIBITORS CAME AWAY FROM
ABOVE TOP: Six innovative models from the
Vision range were on show at Lyons
THE THREE DAYS WITH THE THEME
ABOVE: Master Spas were one of a number of
specialist hot tub companies hoping that
innovation and quality service would be two
OF QUALITY NOT QUANTITY”
key themes to lift business in 2009
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