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POOL BUG SPIKE IN NZ A spike in cryptosporidium cases in the Wellington region of New Zealand has prompted a warning from health officials for people to take extra care before using public swimming pools.

A Regional Public Health official said 31 cases of cryptosporidium had been reported since February – this was about twice more than expected. Of those 31 cases, half the people had reported using public swimming pools around Wellington. It was believed some of the cases were caused by people swimming too soon after being sick with diarrhoea.

Public Health was working with pool managers to ensure systems were in place to reduce the risk.

UNLICENSED POOL CONTRACTORS ARRESTED IN US A statewide crackdown on unlicensed general contractors in California has led to nearly 80 people taken into custody for operating without a license, including those who claimed to be pool contractors. The news was welcomed by legitimate, licensed contractors in the state who operate at a financial disadvantage to contractors working in California’s large “underground economy.” Undercover agents posed as homeowners seeking bids on contract work which included swimming pool maintenance.


China International Sauna & Spa & Pool organisers are delighted to confirmed that Risto Elomaa, President of International Sauna Association (ISS) will participate as a conference speaker during the 2013 event being held 9 – 11 May. ISS was founded in 1957 with the goal of publicising sauna use around the world. Besides the founding member states of Austria, Germany, Japan and Finland, today there are 13 other member countries.

In addition to the association’s presence, many well known sauna brands will also be exhibiting at the show including Harvia, Josen and Alpha Industries. Fluidra Gains A Foothold In Brazil

Fluidra, the leading manufacturer of swimming pool products whose brands include AstralPool, has began manufacturing in Brazil after buying local company Veico. Fluidra has reinforced its Brazilian division and its sales network to better suit the needs of its customers in a region experiencing strong growth and after the United States and France, is the third largest pool market in the world. Veico is a company specialised in the manufacture of accessories for the pool sector, such as pumps, filters, LED lighting and solar heating systems. Created five years ago, Veico has undergone rapid growth and has a turnover of more than 3 million euros per year. It is located in the country’s southern province of Santa Caterina, where it has a 1,500 m2

production plant.

Eloi Planes, Fluidra CEO, said: “We are very pleased to begin manufacturing in Brazil and increase our sales network, to be closer to our customers and better meet their needs.”

The growth currently being experienced in the country, which in the next few years will host the World Football Cup and the Olympic

New Venue For Piscine SPLASH! Asia 2013

It has been announced that the venue for Piscine SPLASH! Asia 2013 has been changed to the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The dates remain unchanged – 20-21 May 2013.

The change became necessary when Interpoint

& GL Events were notified by the new management of the Singapore Suntec Centre that the major refurbishment and extension of the centre, which was initiated in May last year, would not be finished in time for the pool and spa trade event in May.

Faced with this serious problem the team has been working to resolve the unfortunate situation and in spite of the very short time since the news was received, has managed to find an alternative at the Marina Bay Sands. The Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, is an impressive exhibition venue with good conference facilities, an iconic pool and entertainment, facing Marina Bay in central Singapore. The exhibition hall will accommodate all exhibitors, including national groups from UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. The exhibition, conference and workshops programme, will all take place in the Marina Bay Sands. The breakfast and social

networking will be staged as originally planned.Simon Cooper, Managing Director of Interpoint Events said: “We remain on course to stage Asia’s largest dedicated pool and spa show and are committed to stage a highly successful event in May. Moving a venue at this time presents some unique

challenges. However, we are relieved that, despite the last minute change forced upon us by these extraordinary circumstances, we have been able to secure superb facilities in central Singapore for the same dates as originally announced. This means that participants will be able to conduct their business as usual, retaining their original hotel and flight arrangements.”

Noémi Petit, Show Manager, of GL Events said: “Our new venue is a positive move as it offers exhibitors and visitors an unexpected opportunity to associate their brands and activities with a high quality venue in Singapore which is also internationally recognised for excellence in swimming pool design.”

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From left to right: Mr Pere Ballart (Fluidra CSA Manager), Mr Nicholas De Oliveira Zen (Veico Manager) and Mr Renato Cabral (Fluidra Brasil Manager)

Games in Rio de Janeiro, means that the pool market is growing at double-digit rates annually, and has already reached 200 million euros. Furthermore, the water sector in Brazil is still a highly segmented market with no clear leader, in which Fluidra could become a leading player.

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