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Return To The Ricoh

The industry’s annual three-day show returns to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in the New Year and its organisers are pulling out all the stops to make it another memorable event. 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 By Jon Wadeson


PATEX returns to the Ricoh Arena from 28-30 January and with getting on for a hundred high quality exhibitors from both home and abroad, including a number who are making their Coventry debuts, there’s sure to be a healthy amount of products and services for visitors to take on board this year. Since moving to the Midlands, the threeday event has firmly cemented its place on the exhibition calendar and as far as the wet leisure industry is concerned in the UK, it is now the only event that covers the full spectrum of products, making it a must-attend event for anyone involved with the industry. SPATEX will again play host to two seminar arenas, with free to attend workshops taking place in each across all 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 with the Thursday being a dedicated Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) day. In addition to the seminar and workshops, a number of ‘hands on’ demonstrations will also be taking place. There’s a ‘Green’ theme to this year’s event and SPATEX’s organisers are leading the way in awareness of the environment and are highlighting eco-friendly products around the show and workshops which have

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an eco-angle. They’ll also be supplying recycled PET environmentally friendly lanyards, compostable containers and cutlery plus minimal food packaging will be used. Recycling bins can be found throughout the exhibition hall and many items in the New Product Zones will be eco-friendly. The ‘Green’ theme continues to the notto-be-missed SPATEX Networking Party on Wednesday 29 January in the Ricoh Arena’s Clubhouse Bar. Once the show closes its doors for the day, all visitors and exhibitors are invited where free drinks, food and a lot of fun are guaranteed. SPN will be amongst the numerous exhibitors at the event and this year we can be found on stand B1. A full and up-to-date list of all the exhibitors can be found on the SPATEX website (www.spatex.co.uk) along with lots of other useful information regarding the show which is sure to help attendees plan their visit more effectively. As ever, there’s a lot to do and see at


SPATEX, and in this issue, we take a closer look at just some of what’s on offer this year.

AQUAFLEX AND LIGHTHOUSE POOL THEIR RESOURCES AT SPATEX Aquaflex is proud to have been asked by Lighthouse to on site line their show pool at the 2020 SPATEX exhibition for the second year running. SPATEX will host an exciting collaboration between Lighthouse and Aquaflex exhibiting together, by displaying a Heatform pool lined with a 3D embossed ‘Ceramics’ and ‘Touch’ reinforced pool liner. Alkorplan ‘Ceramics’ is a reinforced membrane with the feeling and appearance of ceramic mosaic tiles inspired by Greek mythology. Alkorplan ‘Touch’ is the strongest and most resistant membrane on the market and has a natural effect inspired by nature. The Heatform pool will demonstrate a contrasting combination of patterns; ‘Touch’ Prestige on the base of the pool, ‘Touch’ Vanity on the walls and a ‘Ceramics’ Etna tile band. A must see for visitors. Suitable for residential and commercial pools and ideal for new build and refurbishment projects Alkorplan on-site linings provide a quick and efficient installation and the material incorporates a polyester reinforced mesh for extra durability. Additional benefits include: • 2mm thick reinforced patterns available in ten unique designs • Compatible for temperatures up to 32°C • All welds are scribe-tested and sealed with liquid PVC mastic

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) February 2020  

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 2020  

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...