The draft publication of a combined set of European standards for residential swimming pools is now ready for public consultation. The documents relate to pool construction and installation for in-ground and above ground pools.
With an estimated 972,700 in ground and 633,500 above ground pools, France is one of the world’s biggest private pools markets, second only to the USA. The value of the French pool market is an estimated 1.5 billion euros, more than 70% made up by 930 specialist companies, employing 23,250 workers, with nearly 20% of their turnover based on export. The French Federation of Pool Professionals (FPP) recently presented its seventh annual pool awards, recognising, at the same time, some of the most dynamic pool builders across France.
Goa is a former Portuguese administrated region and is India’s smallest state with a population of approximately 1.5 million.
Tonstad School in Norway, originally built in 1965, has undergone extensive refurbishment together with large new extensions and new swimming pool complex.
One-piece pools are becoming increasingly popular across India, in both commercial and residential projects. With hotels, townships, and private homes sprouting up across the subcontinent, coupled with the rise of India’s middle class; the market potential for ready-made pools is set to soar. Ready-made pools are not only cheaper than traditional pools but require significantly less time to install.
The Russian swimming pool market, in contrast to Spain and France, shows sustained stability despite the difficult financial situation in the world. Despite having emerged over more than two decades, the Russian market has a distinct lack of home-produced goods, about 12 original manufacturers, which is totally out of proportion with the size of the sector, let alone the country. The result has meant a heavy reliance on imports and inevitably higher product costs. The second feature of the Russian pool and spa sector is the variable weather and the extremes of climate.
Soon to be proclaimed by the Guinness World Records as the largest man-made swimming pool in the world, the process of filling the 120,000 m² Crystal Lagoon at the Citystars, Sharm El Sheikh, began at the end of October and took 21 days to complete. The new resort takes the world’s biggest swimming pool title from current holders, San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile, a gargantuan blue man-made ‘lake’ spanning the length of 20 Olympic-size swimming pools and filled with 66 million gallons of water.
They promoted it as the event you cannot afford to miss. Lyon Piscine and Aqualie 2012, two benchmark exhibitions for swimming pool and spa professionals certainly lived up to that billing. Simply put, the Lyon exhibition event is the biggest and most important global show for the combined pool and spa sectors. It brings together 600 exhibitors, 1,000 brands from 90 countries and in the region of 18,000 visitors to Lyon. Traditionally, the first opportunity to see new developments in Europe, the combined Piscine and Aqualie 2012 events are also an exceptional opportunity to explore the latest key trends in the pool and spa markets.
The Italian pool and spa sector is stuck in a deep recession. Facing considerable cost increases for both the population and industry in energy costs and tax burdens, the downturn looks set to continue. The knock-on effect has been a fall in employment as companies struggle to recover debt or gain credit. The situation has […]
These are stressful times for companies in the BenElux area that ironically are largely dealing in stress-relieving products, such as pools and spas. Of course, the economic climate is an important negative factor, but an even more important role is played by the general sense of doom that paralyses consumers. People tend to postpone the […]