Narellan Pools releases new AR App for Fiberglass Pools
Narellan Pools released a new AR App for Fiberglass Pools. Their augmented reality allows you to visualize a pool in your own backyard.
Fiberglass swimming pool brand, Narellan Pools, has entered the digital technology space with its new augmented reality app.
The Narellan Pools AR App is an interactive and detailed app that allows prospective clients to visualize the pool they’ve always wanted, at home in ‘3D’, ‘full-scale’, or ‘in miniature’ modes. The app enables clients to digitally place a Narellan Pools swimming pool to scale, in their backyard, through the power of augmented reality.
Now available to download for iOS and Android in the USA, Narellan Pools AR takes the process of designing a pool out of the showroom and into the home. Narellan Pools recognizes that potential clients can feel hesitant about making a pool purchase, given how difficult it can be to visualize the final result without seeing a picture of the project beforehand. The app ensures clients feel more confident about how their vision will come to life before they move forward with a purchase.
Licensees and contractors can utilize the app to their advantage by encouraging potential leads to download the app and visualize their new pool right in their backyard. In a time of social distancing, Narellan Pools AR is an essential tool in reaching clients who can’t meet in the showroom.
“Our new app is another way we’re delivering a world-class client experience.”Chris Meyer, Narellan Pools’ Managing Director
“The AR App is the first step to owning a Narellan Pool for our clients of today, and the future. Our clients want to create a home that is a sanctuary from modern day life. A pool is an extension of our homes for exercise, recreation, relaxation, and refuge. The AR App allows the buying journey to begin right away, meaning you can start creating the pool of your dreams by using the power of your mobile device.”
The Narellan Pools AR App doesn’t just allow clients to place any shape from the Narellan Pools range in their backyard virtually, it also lets them change the pool’s size and color to see what will align with their dream best. Users don’t have to be in their backyard to use the app, either. With the ‘in-miniature’ mode, they can adjust scaling to fit any space, so they can easily show someone a pool design on their kitchen table for instance.
AR apps have typically been created for small consumer products, games, or gimmicks, as development can get more complex with large products. Narellan Pools was keen to buck the trend and launch an augmented reality app that showcased a large consumer product – in this case, a swimming pool.
“There was a lot of work involved to make sure the Narellan Pools AR App stands out in the market.”Peter Baily, Narellan Pools’ Chief Development Officer.
“Getting that pool scaling right was key to providing clients a realistic and helpful experience. We’re excited that the app is already helping consumers to make a buying decision around the pool of their dreams.”
The easy-to-use app offers a huge array of features such as the sharing functionality, so clients can send their pool ideas to family and friends and the ability for clients to include an AR image with their contact details when requesting a free quote from a licensee.
Narellan Pools AR is another exciting way for contractors to connect with clients throughout the USA to experience our American made pools, which are handcrafted with care in state-of-the-art facilities.
About Narellan Pools
From humble beginnings in a chicken shed in south western Sydney, Australia nearly 50 years ago, Narellan Pools has grown to become a leading manufacturer of advanced fiberglass pools. Narellan Pools are now available in North America. We have an incredible network of highly trained and passionate local pool builders who love bringing their clients’ dreams to life.
Narellan Pools are the quintessential client-centric business where the client is truly at the core of everything we do. We are committed to delivering the world’s best and most loved client experiences by delivering quality products at all times, operating with integrity and respect, and providing professional advice and personalised service. To learn more, visit narellanpools.com.
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Pentair Pool Leadership Announced
London, United Kingdom (March 20, 2023) – Pentair recently appointed Jerome Pedretti as
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of its Pool segment, and Greg Claffey as
Group President of Pool.
In their roles, Pedretti and Claffey have a shared commitment to further supporting pool
professionals by delivering innovation excellence, accelerating category growth with smart,
sustainable products and solutions for the future of the pool industry, and making it easier to do business with Pentair.
“Our dealer base in Pool is important to us, and we work every day to lead with a ‘Customer
First’ mindset and become closer to our customers,” said Jerome Pedretti. “These dealers –
pool builders, service companies, small retailers – are critical to our success. We are focused
on prioritizing their needs and delivering for our customers into the future.”
“Our network of pool professionals, channel partners, and dealers are at the heart of our vision
for the future,” said Greg Claffey. “We believe that 2023 will be a great year as we work to
deliver innovative and energy efficient pool solutions to help people more sustainably enjoy
At Pentair we help the world sustainably move, improve and enjoy water, life’s most essential resource. From our residential and business solutions to industrial water management and everything in between, Pentair is focused on smart, sustainable water solutions that help our planet and people thrive.
Pentair had revenue in 2022 of approximately $4.1 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 11,250 global employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world. To learn more, visit www.pentair.com. As an industry leader in the pool and spa space, Pentair is dedicated to elevating the pool experience to the next level with connected, efficient, and quality products so people can soak in the magical, wonder filled moments by their pool, giving them time – and peace of mind – to create them. Pentair’s pool solutions are engineered to filter, clean and sanitize water, while automation equipment makes it easy to
control from anywhere. For more information, visit pentair.com/pool.
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statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the overall global economic and business conditions impacting our business, including the strength of housing and related markets and conditions relating to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine related sanctions; supply, demand, logistics, competition and pricing pressures related to and in the markets we serve; the ability to achieve the benefits of our restructuring plans, cost reduction initiatives and
transformation program; the impact of raw material, logistics and labor costs and other inflation; volatility in currency exchange rates; failure of markets to accept new product introductions and enhancements; the ability to successfully identify, finance, complete and integrate acquisitions; risks associated with operating foreign businesses; the impact of seasonality of sales and weather conditions; our ability to comply with laws and regulations; the impact of changes in laws, regulations and administrative policy, including those that limit U.S. tax benefits or impact trade agreements and tariffs; the outcome of litigation
and governmental proceedings; and the ability to achieve our long-term strategic operating and ESG goals. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. All forward-looking statements, including all financial forecasts, speak only as of the date of this release. Pentair assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update the information contained in this release.
Step Into Swim Awards Grant Funding to the Michael Phelps Foundation to Expand Water Safety Programming for Children
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance recognizes the impact of the Michael Phelps Foundation’s IM Program with $20,000 grant to increase access to free, comprehensive water safety curriculum
Alexandria, Va. (March 9, 2023) – Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) dedicated to creating more swimmers through safe swim education, today announced it awarded $20,000 through its 2023 grant program to the Michael Phelps Foundation. In its efforts to build confidence in young swimmers and decrease the nation’s already-high drowning rate, Step Into Swim continues to advocate for increased access to water safety education and encourages lesson providers to apply for funding.
“Learning to swim empowers children to be water safety champions and helps prevent drowning,” said Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Vice President of Partnerships and Development for PHTA, who leads the Step Into Swim initiative. “Step Into Swim takes swim safety seriously and we applaud the Michael Phelps Foundation among all the learn-to-swim lesson providers for doing the same. They put children first and teach them the skills they need to not only survive, but thrive in the water.”
With Step Into Swim latest grant, the Michael Phelps Foundation will offer swim safety lessons to more than 400 children in underserved communities and instill the lifesaving skill of learning to swim. In fact, learning to swim from a qualified instructor reduces the drowning rate by 88% among children ages 1 through 4, the very same age group impacted most by drowning deaths.
“I was first introduced to the water through a water-safety program, and I am committed to helping expand access to that same learn-to-swim program through our IM program,” said Michael Phelps, Founder of the Michael Phelps Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Rowdy Gaines and the PHTA’s Step Into Swim initiative to help teach more children to feel comfortable and confident in and around the water. Together, we can help inspire and educate the next generation about the valuable life skill of learning to swim.”
In addition to the life-saving skill of learning to swim, the Michael Phelps Foundation’s IM program provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes goal setting and healthy living (emotional and physical) lessons for children.
In 2022, Step Into Swim raised over $750,000 dollars, which provided grants to more than 60 facilities in 46 states and funded swim lessons for 23,500 children. The initiative has gifted more than 300,000 swim lessons since 2012 through YMCAs, Jewish Community Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and many more. Step Into Swim accepts grant applications on a rolling basis. Interested learn-to-swim providers can learn more and apply at www.stepintoswim.org/get-involved/apply/.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drowning Data. https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/data/index.html
 Association Between Swimming Lessons and Drowning in Childhood, A Case-Control Study: Ruth Brenner, et al. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4151293/
About The Michael Phelps Foundation:
The Michael Phelps Foundation (MPF) is focused on promoting water safety, healthy living, and the pursuit of dreams, especially for children. Founded in 2008, MPF has provided learn-to-swim, healthy living, and goal-setting programming to more than 250,000 people around the world through strategic partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club of America, Special Olympics International, and the Level Field Fund. For more information, please visit:http://www.michaelphelpsfoundation.org.
About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and Step Into Swim:
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.
Step Into SwimTM is an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and its foundation committed to safe swim education and drowning prevention. By investing in the next generation of swimmers through learn-to-swim programming, the Step Into Swim initiative instills confidence, empowers long-term participation in water activities, touts the positive benefits of water play, and advocates for safe practices. Since its inception in 2012, Step Into Swim has played a role in reducing drowning fatalities and has gifted swim lessons to more than 300,000 children with support from community organizations, partners, industry advocates, members and more. For more information, visit www.stepintoswim.org.
Coverings Releases 2023 Exhibitor Product Previews
March 13, 2023 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has released a sneak peek of new tile and stone products, along with a select preview of installation materials, tools and technology products, that will be showcased at Coverings 2023, taking place April 18-21, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida.
Coverings’ three primary pavilions and sponsors of the show, Ceramics of Italy, Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and Tile of Spain, will feature a robust showcase of the newest and most innovative tile, stone and installation products. Showgoers of any tile and stone market segment will be able to source products from these and many other pavilions and displays throughout the duration of this year’s show.
Attendees at Coverings 2023 will have opportunities to see, touch and experience a wide range of new and trend-setting product introductions while engaging with more than 1,000 global exhibits representing 40 countries.
“After more than 30 years, Coverings continues to be the preeminent event for the global ceramic tile and natural stone industry as well as the pinnacle for product innovations and trends,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the show management company for Coverings. “As the number one marketplace for tile, stone, tools, equipment, and machinery, thousands of tile and stone industry decision-makers will be able to connect with and source products from more than 1,000 international exhibitors so they can stay on the cutting edge of the industry.”
The following is a small preview of the newest tile and stone products Coverings 2023 exhibitors will be featuring:
Astrum Porcelain Tiles, by Ceramiche Supergres, is a porcelain stoneware tile collection inspired by one of the most widely used materials in architecture: travertine. Astrum offers a reinterpretation of durable, compact natural stone with a modern taste that is sensitive to the needs of contemporary design. Coverings exhibit booth #2125.
Glass Mosaic has been added to VIDREPUR’s Nature Collection. This new product is made from recycled glass mosaic and is suitable for wet, indoor-outdoor areas, providing innovative solutions for pool, bath, spa, and kitchen design projects. Coverings exhibit booth #5130.
Habana, a new collection from CEVICA S.L., is produced in 8” x 8” porcelain tiles that are suitable for walls and floors with anti-slip properties. Habana comes in a variety of colors and geometric patterns that manage to transform any space with a very personal touch. Coverings exhibit booth #5525.
Kenzo Dec 08, by BESTILE, offers elegance and versatility with eight different wall decors in combination with white and black matte finishes and a variety of sizes in chevron and hexagonal shapes. Coverings exhibit booth #5408.
Matisse Moonstone is a new addition to Anthology Tile’s Artistic Impressions collection. This collection was inspired by old-world traditional hand painting yet created by an inkjet process. These beautiful tiles are made in soft hues with perfectly on-trend colors and a unique satin finish. Coverings exhibit booth #3200.
Millennium™ Porcelain, by Wonder Porcelain, combines the appearance of Byzantine mosaics with the trendy look of Terrazzo. The series features a chic style with a lappato finish and is offered in white and dark grey colors with cool grey tones throughout each. Coverings exhibit booth #2612.
Pastelli, a new collection from Appiani, features small format stoneware tiles designed for unique, intricate mosaic designs for outdoor walls and floors. The stone-effect tiles are available in select colors and small mosaic sizes to present endless design possibilities for both indoor and outdoor settings. Coverings exhibit booth #1037.
Pigmenti, introduced by Lea Ceramiche, is a collection rich in formats and decorative inspiration. Pigmenti provides 12 contemporary nuances at the service of a high-tech soul. Its ultra-thin slabs present a ceramic skin that can even be curved, making it capable of covering not only internal and external walls but also furnishings and architectural volumes. Coverings exhibit booth #1225.
Pluriball, part of the Diesel Living collection from Iris US, is inspired by bubble wrap, bringing a striking, eclectic dimension to tiling with an irresistible appeal. The sophisticated, contemporary spirit of Pluriball is embodied to perfection in a variety of shades and a texture that channels a bold, vibrant style. Coverings exhibit booth #2619.
Rebels, a new collection by WOW Design (WOW USA Inc.) offers a freshness that adds value and identity to any design space. The collection delivers diversity, with various cool-note colors and contrasts in gloss and matte finishes. Coverings exhibit booth #4855.
Revival, the latest collection from EMILGROUP’s Provenza brand, honors the essence of natural material while expressing the beauty of authenticity and uniqueness. Revival is Provenza brand’s reinvention of oak wood with a contemporary form. Coverings exhibit booth #2021.
Rok Candy, by AlysEdwards Tile & Stone, is an organic collection of artistically designed terra cotta wall tile that nurtures and supports any design. It is hand pressed into molds forming hills and valleys; the clay is fired, hand glazed and fired again creating a sugar crystal effect. Coverings exhibit booth #4223.
Roma is the latest collection from Tagina S.P.A., made from some of the richest and most precious materials of the Romans. This series beautifully showcases a multiplicity of genres and styles that merge into unique and original designs while creatively alluding to the distinctive features of the historic and luxurious materials which inspired it. Coverings exhibit booth #1201.
Small, a new collection from La Fabbrica, translates the look of watercolor hues and brush strokes to ceramic surfaces. The white-body wall tiles have a shiny glaze with chromatic variations inspired by the majolica tradition, giving the collection a hand-crafted aesthetic. Coverings exhibit booth #1840.
SOLID+, by UNDEFASA, includes a range of technical, mass-colored porcelain tiles plus flakes, with high-performance features. The collection’s advanced physical, mechanical and chemical properties are achieved through a shaping technology developed to provide a higher density and increased longevity to the tile’s body. Coverings exhibit booth #4623.
Songbird, from Florida Tile Inc., exhibits the look of handcrafted tiles inspired by a joyful, soaring journey through nature. Subtle undulations in the surface are reminiscent of rippling water, drawing your eye and creating a sense of calm. Coverings exhibit booth #3620.
Tycoon – Wave Mosaic, by MILE®stone, combines sophisticated surfaces with precious mosaics, creating eye-catching appeal due to its luxuriously rich details. This natural stone-based collection raises the value of interior design to new levels of style and opulence.
Coverings exhibit booth #3212.
Vulcano, the new collection by AZTECA PRODUCTS & SERVICES, S.L.U., is a composition inspired by the movements of incandescent lava. It is powerfully expressive and is produced by hand to achieve the desired effects. The most intriguing part of the Vulcano Collection is the “gloss-matte” and “double gloss” contrast techniques. Coverings exhibit booth #4818.
A preview sampling of new installation materials, tools and technology products slated for Coverings 2023 includes the following:
GRABO® OTTOVAC – The Electric 8″ Suction Cup, from Russo Trading Co., is a new portable electric vacuum 8″ cup that engages to the surface with the simple push of a button. Coverings exhibit booth #3322.
MEGA Plus Manual Tile Cutter, by Cortag Tools USA, delivers the best and most enhanced features for the ultimate tile cutter with a cutting capacity of up to 71″. Coverings exhibit booth #2640.
PERMACOLOR® Select & PERMACOLOR® Grout, the new-and-improved formulas by LATICRETE, deliver increased strength and enhanced stain resistance while being easy to spread and clean, making installations faster and less labor-intensive. Coverings exhibit booth #3334.
Porcelain Driveway Systems, from Cercan Tile Inc., offers a proven system for installing (dry laying) 2cm (¾”) porcelain tiles on driveways. Coverings exhibit booth #3016.
PROVA BOARD® PLUS, fromPROVA Tile Installation Products by M-D PRO, is now available in 1/8″ thickness among other densities. This lightweight, high-density, quick- and easy-to-install tile backer board is the perfect build-up for listellos and mosaics. It can also be used as an adapter or spacer. Coverings exhibit booth #2903.
Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN-F is a new drain offering from Schluter-Systems that has been specifically designed for floors without a slope. The KERDI-DRAIN-F features a flat, narrow bonding flange with an integrated KERDI collar. Coverings exhibit booth #2925.
USG Durock™ Brand Waterproof Foam Board is USG Corp.’s new lightweight, waterproof and easy-to-cut tile backer, composed of a waterproof extruded polystyrene foam core that’s covered with a fiberglass mesh and a cementitious coated finish for maximum adhesion of any tile, stone or mosaic finish. Coverings exhibit booth #3031.
These and thousands of other products can be seen in-person next month at Coverings 2023, April 18-21, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida.
To view all Coverings 2023 exhibitors prior to the show, visit the detailed online exhibitor list and show floor map.
For more information and to register for Coverings 2023 at no cost, visit coverings.com.
Coverings’ Social Media:
Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2023
Vimeo: Watch Coverings videos
LinkedIn: Coverings LinkedIn showcase page
About Coverings: Coverings is the largest and preeminent ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and exposition in the United States and North America. It features exhibitors from 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world, with more than 1,000 exhibitors.
The exposition and conference, with more than 30 years of successful history, serve as a valuable and complimentary continuing education resource for all segments of the industry, with dozens of educational opportunities throughout the show. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders, real estate developers, as well as journalists, reporters and bloggers who cover the vital tile and stone industry.
Key sponsors of the show are Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain (ASCER)/Tile of Spain, Tile Council of North America (TCNA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).
The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies.
For more information about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at Coverings 2023, contact Taffy Event Strategies at 571-313-5801 or [email protected]
For press registration, photos, content, and interviews, contact Eberly & Collard Public Relations at 404-574-2900 or the email addresses at the top of this release.
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