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If you are looking for inspiration for your business and fresh ideas to wow your customers, then a trip to one or more of the forthcoming European trade shows is sure to pay a huge return on investment. Energy efficiency and sustainability are the core themes of Interbad, to be held at Messe Stuttgart from Tuesday to Friday, October 25 to 28. With a new sustainable logo, Interbad will focus even more strongly on sustainability for the first time.
The vast exhibition halls will be fully supported by a programme of talks, workshops and discussions in two congress formats whose contents reflect main industry themes. It is no wonder that Interbad leads the field in sauna and wellness choice. According to the German Sauna Association, more than 30 million Germans regularly went to a sauna before the corona pandemic. Whether you are a swimming pool builder, an architect, a designer, a property developer or a design office, don’t miss Piscine Global Europe, a unique opportunity to expand your range of expertise.
Well-timed, the ground-breaking exhibition team is launching Piscine Connect as an APP, a invaluable tool before, during and after the exhibition to maximise your leads and obtain precise answers to your questions. Fast forward to February and the curtain rises on ForumPiscine 2023 in Bologna, Italy, a show with 120 exhibitors that typically attracts 6,000 visitors. Italy’s most important pool and spa show will be back from 15 to 17 February 2023.
In 2023, ForumPiscine will host the 10th International Conference on Swimming Pool & Spa (I.C.S.P.S.) – the prestigious world conference dedicated to the safety and quality of water for recreational use in swimming pools and spas. The conference will host researchers and academics from all over the world, for a first-level training event that will converge with the presentation of the best news for next season by companies in the swimming pool and spa industry.
The event will also see the debut of OUTEX, a brand new event focused on maximising the potential of outdoor living. OUTEX was designed and developed in response to increasing interest in the outdoor spaces that live and revolve around the world of pools and greenery, both private and public. A “business-to-buyers” event that will give pride of place to high- end design, planning and installations for outdoor areas, with outdoor leisure and wellness solutions. Hopes will be high for home-grown countries who will be exhibiting at some or all of the key exhibitions.
FLYING THE FLAG
Certikin has been flying the flag for British made swimming pool goods since the mid 1960’s and continues to this day to have a large and diverse export presence. As well as being the UK’s market leader, they also currently export to around 60 countries as far as Australia and Brazil. At the heart of Certikin export ranges are its white goods (skimmers, inlets, main drains and lights) and it is amazing how fair afield these turn up.
Many a person will contact Steve Nelson, Certikin’s International Director to say they were holidaying in some far-flung place and came across a Certikin deck box or skimmer in the hotel pool! “When talking to customers about the reason they purchase Certikin goods, the main reason is that the quality is the best in the world,” says Steve. “They know they are buying British made goods and it is reflected in the finish of the goods and gives them and the end user the confidence that they are buying the best.”
Founded in 1972, Plastica is the leading independent pool products manufacturer in the UK. Based at their 13,000 m2 factory at St Leonards on Sea, they manufacture wooden pools, solar heat retention and winter debris covers, reels, pool liners, Relax water treatments and stainless steel and bespoke parts, such as ladders and handrails and in-house ABS pipework and much more.
“We have been exporting since the late 1970’s,”says Fraser McCallough who looks after new export enquiries working with Kimberly Lewis and Sam Hudda who have responsibility for looking after customer orders and arrange shipments. “Brexit has made no difference to our export customers,” Fraser reveals. “In the last 18 months we have exported to 26 countries. Our largest markets are Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway.”
With export accounting for about 7% of turnover, Plastica’s biggest sellers are Argonaut pumps, solar covers, winter debris covers and foam heat retention covers. Fraser says: “We have not noticed big currency fluctuations but sterling has remained relatively stable against the Euro. “Shipping costs have increased but that is due to fuel increases and driver shortages which goes for all of Europe.”
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