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Australian father and son die
in pool pump electrocution
EvoHeat goes global
Due to the high demand for EvoHeat pool and spa heating products
in South East Asia, Evo Industries Australia owners, Travis McNeill
and Tony Mills, have made the strategic decision to launch an
expansion company, Evo Industries Singapore, with the head office on
“ We are extremely excited about the possibilities that Evo Industries
Singapore offers,” says McNeill.
“Having an office based in Singapore allows us to readily reach
more of our customers. Over the past decade we have seen exponential
growth and it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon”, he says.
“ We have seen an increase in pool heating requests from overseas,
particularly in the past few years,” says Mills.
“Just recently the Kuala Lumpur Aquatic Centre required a major
upgrade of their pools in preparation of the SEA and Asean Para
Games. Evo were contracted to upgrade their diving pool, 50m
swimming pool and their training pool with our heat pump technology.
“One of the unique benefits of our heat pump technology is the
ability to cool as well as heat which makes our product more versatile,
especially for aquatic and sporting facilities,” he says.
AstralPool parent Fluidra
has acquired an 80 per
cent shareholding of the
Belgium start-up Riiot
Labs, the creator of an
innovative piece of remote
control technology for
pool maintenance from
any mobile device. This
operation has built on the
relationship that started
a few months ago with a
distribution agreement for
France, Spain and Benelux.
They have also recently
acquired Piscine Laghetto,
manufacturer of high-
end above-ground pools,
following the purchase of
90 per cent of the Italian
AIS is investigating the
US market by taking the
chlorine generator for
commercial and residential
fresh water pools to the
International Pool, Spa
and Patio Expo (IPSPE)
in Orlando in November.
“We know there is great
potential for EcoLine in the
US, not only for residential
swimming pools but also
with some of the larger
scale aquatic facilities and
arenas,” said Elena Gosse.
SPLASH! will be at IPSPE
this November so be sure
to contact us so we can get
your opinions of the show.
Facebook saved a woman
in New Hampshire, USA
in August, after she was
trapped in her aboveground
pool when one of the ladder
rungs broke. Leslie Kahn,
61, could not lift herself
out of the water, but she
managed to use a pool pole
to reach across to a chair
where her iPad was sitting,
and posted a desperate
message. A neighbour’s
son came to the rescue.
AIS picks up international awards
Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) has picked up
several business awards recently.
The company won the People’s Choice Award
(Manufacturing Category) in the 2017 Stevie
International Business Awards. Winners were
declared by a worldwide public vote and eligible
companies receiving the highest number of votes
in their respective category. More than 14,000 votes
AIS previously won four other awards in the 2017
International Business Awards. AIS’ expertise lies
in the design, manufacture and supply of innovative,
inline chlorine generation technology via electrolysis
for residential and commercial swimming pools. The
company’s technology helps to reduce the spread of
waterborne disease in recreational water and ends
the dependence on hazardous chlorine dosing.
AIS CEO, Elena Gosse says to receive the People’s
Choice Award is testament to their proud, 25-year
history of R&D and manufacturing excellence.
“Our Brisbane-made technology is renowned and
respected world-wide and used in a wide range of
applications from home pools and spas to major
competition swimming pools and aquatic facilities.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all
of our customers, distributors and suppliers who
voted for us.”
Meanwhile, Gosse won the Innovation and
Technology Award in the 2017 Women in Business
Awards (Greater Brisbane). The award recognises
her leadership and commitment to developing
world-first innovative technology.
Travis McNeill in the new
EvoHeat Singapore office
Andrew Fenwick, a retired Australian engineer who
worked extensively in the UK before retiring with
his wife and children to Thailand, has died together
with his 10 year old son Jason in a tragic accident
after trying to repair a pool pump at their home.
Police found the bodies of the father and son in
the pool equipment room at their housing estate
home in the Muang district of Rayong province.
The 66-year-old Fenwick was still clutching a
spanner in his right hand. His son had burns on his
body and face, as well as on his left hand which still
gripped an iron gate.
Police told Thai PBS English that Fenwick was
killed by electric shock, and that Jason was killed
when he was also shocked by the current leak on
the wet floor as he ran to help his father.
A security guard was riding past the home
when he saw Fenwick’s younger son, four-year-
old Justin, running from the house. When he
asked what was wrong the boy told him his
father was dead. The guard then immediately
alerted the police.
The bodies have been sent for forensic analysis to
determine the exact cause of death.
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