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THIS: The MAAX range looks set to make an impact in the
UK with a fresh marketing start
OPPOSITE: Catalina’s new XL5000 – a hit at Piscine in
Lyons and now about to impress UK customers
More emphasis on improved technology The 2009 season will see new products The company is a wholly owned subsidiary
Confidence from respected voices who and refinements at the top end of the of Watkins Manufacturing of California, the
see the hot tub market as being long market, Spaform, Marquis, Masterspas, makers of HotSpring, Limelight, Hot Spot
term and sustainable. Stephen Crabb Canadian Spas, Catalina and others will and Solana brand hottubs.
from Catalina and John Schrenk, transfer the impetus their products showed The company will be trading from 8
President of Marquis Spas are just two in Lyons to the Brighton stage. locations: Derby, Nottingham,
out in the market saying they believe the Much attention will be of delivering Peterborough, Birmingham, Norwich,
market will return extras to the top end, Marquis for instance Enfield, Reading andWeybridge.
More co-ordinated effort from BISHTA last year introduced light and sound to its Said a spokesman: ”The focus of our
Greater consumer demand and interest range of hot tubs as optional extras. company remains as it always was: to retail
for water therapies provided by hot tubs New products continue to be a theme the worlds best selling hot tubs in the UK
for Catalina. Two new colours were added and provide industry leading support for
SPATEX in Brighton will see some new to the Eurospa range at Lyons and at them and their owners. That is exactly
names, new products and new looks. Spatex a new 5 seater 2009 spa – the what we will do”.
But the message from the exhibitors is XL5000 -will carry hopes of making a good Coast Spas will be exhibiting the New
just as likely to be offering encouragement solid start to the New Year. “It’s the top ‘Curve Hot Tub Series’ at SPATEX as well
to dealers and making sure service levels end of the market which will keep the as the“Soundwaves stereo series” Coast
remain high. industry interested says,” Stephen Crabb. Spas newest 2009 Northwind Hot Tub
“I don’t think SPATEX is going to do a lot The New Year started with rumours of a Deluxe Series, entry level price point Spa
for the industry to be honest added “one number of hot tub companies looking for line with 3 pumps and 66 jets which it
importer. “We’ve all seen what each other funding or facing administration. More claims will “eliminate the competition”.
has got. We saw that at Lyons. Personally I casualties are expected. One piece of Essex based Dynasty Spas Hot Tubs &
thought the Spaform brand looks stronger, better news is that Watkins Distribution UK SwimSpa systems are also expected to
Catalina top end range products still look Ltd, which trades as HotSpring Spas, came have new extensions to their range and a
some of the best on the market and I was out of administration in mid December. new swim spa on show.
impressed by Masterspas and the upbeat
attitude on their stand. Marquis will do well.
It’s a solid brand and will only get better
“WE NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THE
with Dorian (Davies) being with them.
“I think generally dealers have been
CONSUMER IS MORE DEMANDING,
getting more support and help from
suppliers. Eighteen months ago too many
MORE PRICE CONSCIOUS AND
dealers were being left with back-up and
support worries. If there’s been a good
WANTS PERHAPS A BETTER SERVICE
thing to come out of the downturn it’s that
manufacturers and importers have had to
THAN SOME PARTS OF THIS INDUSTRY
give proper attention to detail and to
servicing and supply.”
HAS BEEN ABLE TO SUPPLY”
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