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Coventry Calling

The industry’s annual three-day show returns to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in the New Year and its organisers are promising the biggest event to date. More than just an exhibition, SPATEX is also the UK’s largest networking opportunity for the pool and spa trade. We cover all the news from both the organisers and exhibitors, highlight some of the products that can be seen plus take look at the educational opportunities that are on offer By Jon Wadeson


PATEX returns to the Ricoh Arena from 30 January to 1 February and with a larger exhibition space than at previous events, there’s sure to be even more products for visitors to look at. Since moving to Coventry, the three-day event has firmly cemented its place on the exhibition calendar and as far as the UK wet leisure industry is concerned, this is the main event and is not to be missed. SPATEX covers all the sectors which make up the wider industry, so visitors will be able to see a broad variety of products and innovations for the season ahead from over a hundred top quality exhibitors. Most exhibitors are UK based but the show also attracts companies from Europe and beyond too. SPATEX will again be playing host to two seminar arenas, with free to attend workshops taking place in each across the three days. All workshops hosted by the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) in Arena 1 award Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points plus a Certificate of Attendance – a valuable record of the courses that have been attended. In Arena 2, a variety of experts will be imparting their knowledge across a wide range of subjects in an expanded programme from 2017.

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All visitors and exhibitors are invited to the not-to-be-missed 1920s themed SPATEX Networking Party on Wednesday 31 January in the Ricoh Arena’s Clubhouse Bar. Free drinks, food and a lot of fun are guaranteed from 5.05pm. SPN will be amongst the numerous exhibitors at the event and we can again be found on stand F32 and this edition. There’s a lot to do and see in Coventry, and in this issue, we take a closer look at just some of what’s on offer this year.


patterns that replicate ceramic tiled pools. The Aquaflex 2018 Price Book, numerous samples, leaflets and more information will be available on the Aquaflex stand. In addition, Dan and Brad will be holding a 20 minute ISPE workshop on Pool Liners at the exhibition, specifically on ‘Managing customers’ expectations to minimise liner problems’ which they hope everyone finds informative. The workshop is specifically targeted at the swimming pool trade. This will take place on Tuesday 30 January at 10:30am. See them on stand B57


Dan Thatcher, Brad Armstrong and Jessie Guyatt will be attending this year’s annual SPATEX exhibition and the team from Aquaflex will be proudly showcasing the all new ‘Alkorplan Ceramics’ range, which offers four revolutionary new 2mm textured patterns to the company’s site lining division. With ten teams covering the UK, they are excited to be able to offer 20/01/2018 00:41

SPN (Swimming Pool News) February 2018  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) February 2018  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...