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Marquis had been a ‘product focussed’ Marquis Spas – water filtering systems have
company. “Going forward we will be a
been improved with vortex skimmers
‘consumer aware’ company,” he stressed.
removing surface contaminants
This is evident from the company’s 2009
product, which has evolved with value
added enhancements to meet the demands
of these different market segments. In
support of the new 2009 range Golden
Coast has converted part of the ground
floor at its Barnstaple headquarters into a
showroom, displaying most of the Marquis
range that includes working models.
Delegates at the conference were told
that the customer demographics had
changed, with the potential 25–40 year old
‘baby boomer’ purchasers looking not only
for the health aspect of the product but
also for added value enhancements, such
as sound, light and entertainment.
This is in contrast to the more traditional
therapeutic demands of the 40-60 year age cycle that is triggered automatically after which places ‘producer responsibility’ on
group, meaning that products have to meet each use of the spa. To keep running cost recycling and/or the safe treatment and
the demands of all sectors of the market. to a minimum, the main water filtration disposal of products when they eventually
To achieve this, Marquis has upgraded its systems can be programmed to run only reach the end of their serviceable life. In the
products by fitting as standard integrated during off-peak periods. case of spas this would be items such as
cushioned headrests and cascading waterfalls To further reduce owners’ energy costs, pumps and printed circuit boards, which
on all models, yet also including the ability to Marquis fills the spa cabinet with non companies are then compelled to dispose of
have stereo sound, a video screen and multi- ozone-depleting solid foam insulation that in a safe and ecologically-friendly manner.
coloured underwater lighting if required. does not degrade. The foam, which adds In addition to complying with the
Inside the spa the water jetting system strength and prevents heat loss through requirements of TUV, ETL and UL, all
has been improved with the ‘Tri-Zone the spa wall and foot well, also insulates Marquis spas carry the European Conformity
Hydrotherapy’™ and ‘PowerShift’™ jets the plumbing and reduces vibration. ‘CE’ mark as they meet with the essential
delivering three levels of relief to the With an eye on the environment Marquis requirements of the relevant European
upper, middle and lower body, including has adopted ‘Green Credentials’ by health, safety and environmental legislation.
massaging aching feet, all available from introducing lean manufacturing to eliminate Jamie Adams, Managing Director of
each single seat. waste, with an eventual goal to achieve re- Golden Coast told SPN: “It was a great
To ensure the water temperature is cycling of all materials. Two such methods honour to be chosen to host the conference,
maintained throughout the spa and the are the reduction in the number of which proved that the successful UK market
bathing period, filtered water is drawn into chemicals used during manufacture and had earned its position as an important part
the primary pumps and simultaneously replacing steel framework with wood. of Marquis’ international growth strategy.
routed through a high-flow heating system Marquis Spas are the only manufacturer “It was gratifying that the effort our
ahead of the jet systems. that is compliant with the European Union’s team and all our dealers have put into
Multi-level seating, including a cool-down RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) promoting, selling and supporting Marquis
seat, ensures every bather benefits, whilst directive, which bans the use within the EU products has been recognised,” he said.
the generous ‘organic’ foot well – modelled of new electrical and electronic equipment Commenting on the present state of the
on the actual rock formation of a riverbed – containing more than the agreed levels of UK market, Adams said, “We have a very
accommodates longer legs. All the controls lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent positive attitude towards the future and
being waterproof are located within the spa chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) although consumers are cautious at
for easy access by bathers. and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) present we, in line with the Marquis senior
Addressing the requirement of those flame retardants. management, are convinced that the
wanting entertainment, the Adagio audio The company also meets the WEEE (Waste market for spas and other home leisure
system and ‘one-touch’ pop-up directional- Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, products will return.” spn
sound ‘rotating speakers’ introduced last
year have been joined by the ‘E-Suite’™ – a
water resistant video monitor that is stored
in and lifts up from a heated corner of the
spa to prevent the screen from misting up.
On the functional side the water filtering
system has been improved with vortex
skimmers removing surface contaminants.
For primary filtration, water is drawn from
specially designed safety suction fittings in
the foot well and forced upward through
the filter to trap debris, ensuring that all
the water, from surface to floor, is recycled
and filtered 60 to 160 times a day
depending on the spa model.
Linked to the Marquis patented
‘ConstantClean’ water management system,
which sanitises the water using natural
mineral and bromine in-line cartridges, is
LEFT TO RIGHT: John Schrenk, Dominic Adams, Steve Hasenmueller and Jamie Adams
‘SmartClean’, a software-controlled cleaning
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