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48. Jamie Galea (left, with Mitchell Bleesing) of Spa Craft says it was a very positive show, with a good mix of new and existing customers. “We saw a number of existing customers who we picked up from the last show, and we got a few new customers too.” He says a lot of pool shops have to do the odd spa every now and then, but lack confidence with spas. “So they come and see us, and we tell them to call us up when they go on site and we’ll talk them through any issues. That’s the main part of our business and that’s the main new business we’ve had coming through here. We’ve had people from all over Australia and a lot from New Zealand, which is good for us because we send a fair bit of product there.” 49. Fabiano Rodrigues from SaintGobain Industrial Ceramics with one of the company’s new ceramic filters. “It is used for swimming pools in Europe, replacing sand and glass filters. “It has huge benefits in terms of microbiology. It can remove a lot of bacteria from water and it has very low water consumption. It has a honeycomb structure with open inlet channels, and next to them are the outlet channels. So the water flows across

this tiny wall to get into the outlet channel and flow out, passing through a filtration membrane 10-20 micrometres thick with a tiny pore size so it can get down to 0.25 micrometres, so it can remove all bacteria including cryptosporidium. The filtration velocity is only one metre per hour, making the filtration quality much better. It can run at a pressure of 0.1 to 0.5 bars, and the requirement for backwash is very low. A commercial pool may need eight of these filters, which makes it very compact. They’ve been installed in many indoor pools in Europe and are good for reducing chloramines.” 50. Matthew Giles from fibreglass and concrete pool builder Australian Outdoor Living was at his first SPLASH!. “It’s been really informative. We spent a lot of time upstairs at some of the talks this morning – we did the internet technology one and the sales one on converting better and getting better margins, and the handover one. We had a bit a walk around the show floor too, and found a few things that might complement our range. I think we’ll come for the full event next time though, because there’s a lot to absorb in a short time.”

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SPLASH August - September 2018  

SPLASH! is the leading trade publication for the Australasian “wet industry”, incorporating the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries....

SPLASH August - September 2018  

SPLASH! is the leading trade publication for the Australasian “wet industry”, incorporating the swimming pool, spa and aquatics industries....