Piscine Global Europe 2022
A resounding success for an eagerly awaited edition!
Piscine Global Europe is back! The leading event for the pool and wellness industry returned to Eurexpo Lyon from 15 to 18 November for a long-awaited in-person reunion after a four-year absence, and was once again a resounding success.
The 1272 exhibiting brands and companies and the 24,903 professional visitors who attended were finally able to gather again in the familiar informal setting of the show, and rediscover the pleasure of meeting and mixing with peers and doing business face-to-face.
The French and international market is flourishing, and this momentum was reflected and supported by Piscine Global Europe through its exhaustive array of products and services, its extremely high-calibre visitors and its exclusive programme of seminars, events and services geared to the needs of the sector.
The French Federation of Pool and Spa Professionals (FFP), the exhibition’s partner, also took advantage of this unmissable event to unveil its annual results and present its awards in Lyon for the first time.
Key figures from Piscine Global Europe 2022
1272 exhibitors and brands, 58% international
24,903 visitors, up 31% on the 2018 exhibition
35% international visitors, representing 110 countries
1179 visitors participated solely via Piscine Connect
53% of professional visitors were pool builders
3 times more specifiers among the visitors than in 2018
THE event dedicated to innovation and new products
Piscine Global Event also proved once again to be the innovation-focused event worth waiting for and the professionals’ top choice to launch all their very latest innovations and new products on the French and international markets.
"Piscine Global Europe is a show we can’t afford to miss because it’s where we meet our suppliers, check out the latest trends and discover market innovations" - Florian Campous and Richard Menissier, independent pool specialists operating under the Aquafun Piscines brand in Valence.
Overall, the exhibition shone a spotlight on 71 new products via the Pool Showcase area and the Piscine Connect app. Innovative products in the sector were also honoured through the Pool Innovation Awards on Tuesday 15 November. The winners were selected from among the 66 innovative entries by a panel of international judges. The three winners of the 2022 competition are:
• First prize – the ISI SKIM universal skimmer basket from ABP Aquilina Bouvier Pool
• Second prize – the CHLOR’IN chlorinator that treats pool water without adding salt, from Fluidra
• Third prize – the TRIKLO’LIVE from Syclope Electronique
Concrete responses to the challenges facing the industry
Over the four days, Piscine Global Europe gave pool and wellness industry players a host of opportunities to reflect on and discuss the key challenges they face, through the programme of seminars and workshops proposed.
The issue of recruitment, training and the development of team skills, in a context of strong growth in the sector and increased recruitment needs, was the key focus for the Pool Campus and the seminar workshops proposed in the Pool Arena, a new area set up at the heart of the exhibition which proved to be a huge hit throughout the four days.
“Exhibiting at this show enables us to come and meet lots of players, present our short work/study training courses in the pool sector and, most importantly, talk about companies that are looking to pass on their knowledge!” - Andy Favrou and Jean-François Laucoin, trainers at the Institut Supérieur des Métiers de la Piscine (ISMP - Institute of Higher Education for the Swimming Pool Trades) and Pool Campus exhibitors
Sustainable development, a key social issue for the sector, featured prominently at this year’s exhibition. Optimising energy consumption, managing waste, and renovating and maintaining pools are just some of the topics addressed through innovations and during seminars and workshops focusing on this theme, inviting exhibitors and visitors to think together about ways to go even further in reducing the environmental impacts of private and pools.
“We want to promote a more eco-friendly range, and that’s also what we expect from the suppliers we met at the exhibition!” - Blandine Picard, manager of Blue Ré Piscine, an exhibition visitor
Issues relating to digitalisation of the industry and its products and services were also a key focus for the discussions, whether in terms of technologies to be harnessed, skills to be acquired, or communication activities to be carried out.
“The exhibition featured some interesting proposals in the digital field, especially in smart home systems for managing filtration, electrical switchboards, shutters, lights and pool safety. That’s great. There are more and more solutions, and more and more suppliers are proposing innovations. The exhibition opens up lots of opportunities for us.” - Luis Battista from the N Pool company, an exhibition visitor
An increasingly international exhibition
With 58 of the exhibiting companies coming from 36 countries and 35% of visitors hailing from 110 countries, Piscine Global Europe is reaffirming its position as the leading international exhibition for the pool and wellness industry. In terms of exhibition visitors, the top five countries are Italy, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland and Germany.
The presence of several delegations of international buyers, and delegations from Israel, Brazil and Italy, also demonstrates the exhibition’s ability to attract many different markets. WAPSA, the World Alliance of Pool & Spa Associations, also held its conference during Piscine Global Europe, bringing together federations from 21 countries including France (FPP), Spain (ASOFAP), the United Kingdom (BSPF / BISHTA), Germany (BSW), Belgium, Mexico, Portugal (APP), Brazil (ANAPP), Sweden, Greece, Australia (SPASA) and Canada.
The show also shone a spotlight on some of the world’s most beautiful pool projects. On Thursday 17 November, the Pool Design Awards honoured winners in five categories:
- Wellness - First prize - Sergio NEVES - CARRE BLEU NICOLLIER PISCINES
Bespoke indoor and outdoor relaxation and wellness area - Saint Légier - Switzerland
- Small pools - First prize - NICOLLIER Group SA
Small indoor self-supporting stainless steel pool - Switzerland
- Pool Renovation - First Prize - Z ARCHITECTURE
Large-scale rehabilitation and extension of a “Tournesol” swimming pool - Les Abrets-en-Dauphiné (Isère) - France
- Residential pools - First prize - ANDREA MEIRANA ARCHITECTS
Villa Peduzzi - Pigra - Lake Como - Italy
- Sport and leisure pools - First prize - DBA Ltd
Fruske Terme hotel and tourist complex - Vrdnik - Serbia