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Underlining the importance of the company’s milestone 50th anniversary, Witney-based Certikin International was today delighted to welcome the Prime Minister David Cameron.

The visit is the first in a series of planned events that will run throughout 2013 to mark the anniversary of the UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of pool and spa equipment.  Certikin has come a long way since it started life in a basement in East Grinstead and has since grown to become a key player in the global leisure market. Employing well over 100 people at its Witney and Leeds operations, its thriving export division services over 50 countries throughout the world and supplies Certikin’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and India.

The Prime Minister was given a tour of Certikin’s impressive manufacturing and warehouse   facilities in Witney’s Station Lane Industrial Estate. He was able to see the cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking behind the development of products such as the telescopic Endless Summer enclosure and Certikin’s unique swimming pool grating. During the visit, he met the Managing Director Neil Murray, Chairman Patrick Thorpe, Sales Director Richard Way and Operations Director Tim Wilson as well as a number of the factory staff.

Prime Minister, David Cameron says: “I am delighted to be able to join Certikin International in their celebrations of the company’s 50th anniversary.  Not only does Certikin International bring jobs and a real boost to our local economy here in West Oxfordshire but the company also brings business and manufacturing to Britain.   It is businesses like this  which are helping to lift our economy out of a very difficult time and making sure that Britain thrives in the global race.   I wish them every success for the future.”

Certikin has long been recognized as a leading innovator in many key product areas. Such is the extent of the company’s penetration of the marketplace, that many of the key components of a pool, (wherever it is in the world) will invariably incorporate Certikin manufactured products, such as underwater lights, liners, main drains, skimmers, water circulation pumps and heaters. It is also a major distributor of market leading brands such as Calorex, Roldeck, Coverstar and Dolphin.

MD, Neil Murray, said: “Certikin bears testament to the fact that from acorns, oak trees grow. Thanks to a dedicated and conscientious workforce (many of whom have worked at Certikin for 25 years plus) we have gone from strength to strength. Both on the domestic and commercial front, Certikin has earned itself a reputation for delivering market leading, premium quality products backed by superb technical support.

“We are delighted and honoured to play host to the Prime Minister in order that he can see for himself the high calibre of the company and its staff in a local setting. We are celebrating our heritage but standing, as we do, at the forefront of innovation and development, our focus is also on the future.”

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HotSpring®, the world’s number one selling brand of portable spas, has been awarded the prestigious POOL ÉCO Attitude trophy in the SPA category at the Piscine 2012 trade show (one of the biggest spa and swimming pool shows in the world grouping more than 1,000 brands at one event), held from 13-16 November 2012 in Lyon, France for its revolutionary ACE® Salt Water Sanitising System.

The HotSpring ACE Salt Water Sanitising System is the first and only integrated hot tub salt water sanitising system using diamond technology, an innovation that allows consumers to more easily care for their spa with fewer bottled cleaners, which results in fresh, clean water. When the diamond electrode in the ACE system is energised, it breaks apart water molecules to create high-energy, active oxygen. Active oxygen is one of the world’s most effective natural cleaners and is the first way the ACE system automatically cleans the water. The active oxygen then combines with salt and other elements in the water to create chlorine and three other powerful oxidisers.

Through intuitive and easy-to-navigate menus on the spa’s control panel, owners can easily operate the ACE salt water sanitising system. Once activated through the appropriate steps, the ACE system operates on its own with minimal upkeep.

It cuts back on excess chemical use because it automatically generates the precise amount of cleaners needed. This helps decrease the frequency of drain-and-refill compared to other water care systems, and provides less chemical impact on outdoor landscapes from water drainage.

Vice-President of International Sales and Marketing, Leo Hamacher, highlighted the great efforts made by HotSpring to promote this innovative system “When we started developing the system we set out to introduce a game changing advancement to the market. When we launched the ACE Salt Water Sanitizing system after years of research, testing and fine-tuning, we knew we had delivered on that promise.

Since your HotSpring spa lets you know when the ACE system needs attention, water care is now completely worry-free, leaving you and your family with more time to enjoy your spa. And since there are no excess chemicals, it’s kinder to the environment as well.

This trophy is a wonderful recognition for the talented team that worked tirelessly to create such a brilliant system and it’s a testament to our dedication to innovation and excellence.” said Leo.

If you wish to learn more about the system, have a look at the video on www.hotspring.co.uk/ace or contact your nearest HotSpring dealer.

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Global powerhouse Villeroy & Boch has launched an entire new range of luxury hot tubs for the 2013 season at the recent ISH expo in Frankfurt.

The new range of Villeroy & Boch spas are constructed using state of the art manufacturing technology incorporating JetPak IIâ„¢ technology which is completely free of pipework.

The JetPaksâ„¢ can be interchanged with a simple click. 16 different JetPaksâ„¢ fit on any seat and can also be retrofitted. They are infinitely adjustable and can also be switched on and off as required.

Villeroy & Boch was the talk of the show at the Frankfurt launch with a palpable buzz surrounding the launch of the new 2013 line. The sleek elegant design was universally praised as stylish and eye catching and the advanced engineering in the all new JetPak IIâ„¢ Therapy System was seen as a revolution in spa technology that creates the ultimate personalized spa experience.

The space-saving A6L was one of the most popular models at the show, featuring six seats, four JetPaksâ„¢ and coming in at 2.03m x 2.24m x 0.86m. The A6L has a water capacity of 1,151 litres and 1,825kg filled weight. With 4 bucket seats and a lounger, the A6L is perfect for most families and comes with an array of equipment as standard and a jet capacity of up to 177!

“We are extremely pleased with the reception that we have received at the product launch in Frankfurt,” said Villeroy & Boch International Sales Manager Wellness at Home Ralf Banaski.

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Hot Tub Reviews

Posted on March 26, 2013 by , in 2. Hot Tubs & Gazebos

If you are looking for UK hot tub reviews, then look no further. WhatSpa? 2013 is full of hot tub reviews and our coveted WhatSpa? Best Buy Awards across a range of price brackets from under £3,000 to the very best hot tubs in our over £15,000 price category.

To read our hot tub reviews just visit our magazine request page and order your free copy of WhatSpa? Magazine today.

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Best Hot Tubs

Posted on March 25, 2013 by , in 2. Hot Tubs & Gazebos

WhatSpa? is celebrating the 2013 hot tub season with a new website that makes it even easier to find the best hot tubs in the UK market across all price brackets. If you are looking for the best hot tubs in your local area, visit our all new Find a Retailer area or try our sister website www.hottubchooser.co.uk which is jammed full of the very best hot tubs in every area of the UK.

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