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IN BRIEF WAHC 2021 MOVES TO VIRTUAL PLATFORM The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Board of Directors has made the unanimous decision to hold the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) in a virtual format only, in the interest of public health and safety. WAHC 2021 will now be presented as an entirely virtual event from 7-9 December. Speaking in September, PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE said: “Earlier this month, PHTA surveyed registered and potential attendees and speakers to understand attendee sentiment regarding WAHC. “The results of these surveys showed that the audience’s risk tolerance was rapidly diminishing for an in-person event. So, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the danger of the Delta variant, we felt it was in the best interest of our speakers, attendees and sponsors to move to a virtual format once again.” All current registrations will automatically transfer to the virtual event, which will offer 36 on-demand educational sessions that attendees can view at their own pace. All sessions will be available for 30 days after the event, giving attendees time to earn the maximum amount of CEUs.

BWT ACQUIRES LEADING POOL EQUIPMENTCOMPANY Australian pool equipment distributor Lincoln Pool Equipment has been acquired by Best Water Technology Group – a leading European water technology company with subsidiaries all around the world. Lindsay Hartshorne, CEO and owner of Lincoln Pool Equipment, is contracted to stay on for the next four years. Lincoln Pool Equipment was established in Victoria in 1974 and has been owned by Mr Hartshorne since 2002. During that time it has grown substantially and has branches in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. 23+24_SPN_October_2021_World_News_2.indd 23

NIVEKO Expansion Increases Efficiency And ‘Green’ Credentials NIVEKO specialises in high-quality custom-made swimming pools and at the beginning of the year, the company completed its new production hall. Covering an area of 2,550m2, the new building is situated in the immediate vicinity of its existing complex in the Czech Republic and will be fully equipped and adapted in line with the increase in production capacity. The company built it in response to the current market situation, which has seen demand for private pools soar to unprecedented levels. NIVEKO met this challenge head on and took the necessary steps to meet that demand. The new hall features cutting-edge technology to increase the proportion of automated production: two cranes, automatic CNC machine tools and a fully automatic rack storage

system – the first of its kind in the country – which is able to meet the requirements of the just-intime system. The development has enabled NIVEKO to increase its production capacity by 50%, becoming more flexible provides the firm with an even stronger base. It goes without saying that the company has introduced efficient procedures to make the process of producing pools smoother than ever. Like the original building, the new hall also provides the company’s fully trained employees with an outstanding clean working environment and facilities. Residual material left over from production is always recycled, from small offcuts to bigger pieces – not a bit is wasted. Owing to its quality, High-Tech

polymer is absolutely ideal for subsequent processing. The firm’s modern production processes guarantee that generated waste is not a burden on the environment. In fact, it is further processed in various branches of industry for a wide range of products. NIVEKO looks further than the nearest horizon and strives to make the world a better place. The ‘green’ aspect, social awareness and respect for the environment are the basic building blocks on which NIVEKO is based. Its broad range of activities in this regard are clear evidence of the direction the firm is taking and what its priorities are. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

Fluidra Builds Olympic Pool At Gozo Aquatic Sports Centre Fluidra has announced that it will build the Olympic pool to be used for water polo competitions and other aquatic disciplines at the Aquatic Sports Centre on the Maltese island of Gozo. For this turnkey project, which is estimated to be completed in six months and amounts to more than €1m, Fluidra Commercial Italia together with Fluidra Engineering will be responsible for all mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineering work using the BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology, which will allow for comprehensive, shared and co-ordinated operation of the pool throughout its life cycle. The pool will be 50m x 25m in size with a depth of between 2.2m and 3m. The system selected for the project is Skypool, which is a technological solution patented by Fluidra consisting of prefabricated hot galvanized steel panels secured to a concrete block which are then covered in PVC-P sheeting.

In addition to the Olympic pool, the centre will also have a multipurpose community pool and will be adjacent to another sports complex currently under development, which will have a 500m2 gym and other ancillary facilities, including a first aid room.

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