SPATEX is “By the Industry, For the Industry” …but what does that mean?
Before SPATA and its forerunner, the ASPC (Association of Swimming Pool Contractors), started in the 1960′s, the Industry had no central core, no common purpose. Then along came SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) and later BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association), creating the standards by which pools and spas should be built and providing a Code of Ethics for ethical trading.
Twenty five years ago, SPATEX was created as the trade’s showcase, with the express intention of giving all profits back to the industry. Hence the phrase, “By the Industry, For the Industry” was born and has since become synonymous with the Exhibition. SPATEX existed and continues to exist purely for the promotion and lobbying of the industry.