2003中国国际游泳池设施及用品博览会
 China International Swimming Pool Equipment Exposition,2003
China International Swimming Pool Equipment Exposition
 
 
 
The Current Situation of Swimming Equipment Industry in China

  China Swimming Equipment Commission is the organization managing swimming equipment in China on behalf of the government. It is composed of the institutions and enterprises home and abroad which are engaged in production, distribution, designing and scientific development of swimming products. There have been 58 members on the commission so far.

  The aim of the Commission is to promote the development of China's swimming equipment, to strengthen the exchange and cooperation between Chinese and international enterprises, to enhance the technology development of swimming pools, to work out relevant legal documents, regulations and standards and therefore to improve the swimming sport in China.

  In order to strengthen the management and regulate the market, the Commission has stipulated "Regulations on Water Treatment of Swimming Pools and Aquatic Amusement Parks", "Standard of Swimming Pool Facilities", "Regulations on Training and Competition Facilities of Swimming Pools"and "Classification of Swimming Pool Service". These documents have played important roles in regulating and guiding the construction of the swimming pools in China.

  Swimming is a popular sport in China with 1 billion person-times eachyear. The RMB 5 billion in which different levels of the government invested each year to construct more than 3000 swimming pools still cannot meet the increasing demands of the public for swimming. In view of this situation, government has been increasing the investment and speeding up the pool construction.

  There are totally 10,000 swimming pools and aquatic amusement parks in China so far, about 65% of which were built in the 80s and 90s and most of them need renovation, refurnishing and changing of facilities. Besides, with people's requirements and preferences being more diversified, defects on design and function appear. Other than serving as a venue for swimming, many swimming pools had not considered the entertainment, fitness and culture functions that could be offered by the pool. In addition, there are problems of water quality treatment and energy saving, etc. Therefore, it is high time for swimming pools to undergorenovation, changing and adding facilities. The launch of " The Classification of Swimming Pool Service" next year by the Commission will further push the large-scale renovation of the pools in order to meet the standards set by the document.

  Here is the graphics of the country's swimming pools. Pools invested by sports-related organizations account for 40%, hotel 4%, residential area 40%, school 10% and others 6%. At present, our government request that sports department above county level should have at least one pool. The fact that there are totally over 3000 organs above county level in China means more than 2000 pools need renovation. It will take 20-30 years to rebuild old houses in the cities and accordingly new swimming pools and aquatic parks will be built too in these new residential areas. There are approximately more than 100,000 universities, middle and primary schools in China. Except for universities, there are hardly any pools in middle and primary schools. In the coming 5-10 years large-scale constructions of those pools will be underway. Chinese Swimming Association is now talking with the Ministry of Education on promote the teaching and learning of swimming among middle school and primary schools students. This will greatly push the construction of the swimming pools in the country. In addition, private swimming pools are just emerging and will flourish in the near future. Regarding facilities of swimming pools in China, few domestic enterprises have the ability to produce equipment and facilities of water treatment, ozone sterilization, competition and timing and scoring. More than 80% rely on import. Filtering equipment produced by Asttalpool of Spain, sterilizing equipment by Prominent and BWT of German,
competition equipment by Asttalpool of Spain and Durafex Boards of US, timing equipment by SEIKO of Japan and OMEGA of Switzerland, swimming pool tiles by Deutschesteinzeug of Germany have occupied the lion's share of Chinese market. Recently, other brands like Jean Desjouaux of France, Antiwave of Australia and Colorado of America have begun the step of entering China too. Meanwhile, only a few Chinese products can reach the international standard and the rest are mostly of poor quality and low technology. So far, more than 10 companies in the business of swimming pool equipment have set up joint-ventures or factories in China and this will help to increase the production level and technology of our pool equipment production.

  In terms of swimming goods, we still far lag behind in technology, design and fabrics. China's top swimmers and high-income people are almost all wear and use Speedo or Arena products. Middle and low end products are mostly produced by domestic enterprises. As for fabrics, they are all imported from foreign countries. Regarding the market, according to our survey, annual sales of swimsuits and goggles in over 10,000 swimming pools in China are about RMB1 billion. Swimming goods are not only for exercising, but also express fashion and style.

  Life saving situation in China. China joined International Lifesaving Association this year. We have started the training of lifeguard and made regulations on lifeguard management. Step by step we will request every swimming pool and open water area and coast be equipped with lifesaving appliances, such as life buoy, respirator and life boat, etc. Except for life buoy, the rest of the lifesaving appliances are almost all imported.The present lifesaving appliances in swimming pools are old, simple and not enough. In the future, to keep in line with international lifesaving level, China must make lifesaving appliances compulsory to all the swimming pools. This will create huge market opportunity forrelevant industries.

  Now, China is facing a great opportunity thanks to 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the construction of swimming pools in the next ten years will be developed at a great extent. China is a country with the population of 1.3 billion and the total number of swimming-loving people are considerable. Huge supply and demand will create huge market for this industry.

  China Swimming Equipment Commission will continue to strengthen the management, work out relevant policies, regulations and standards, introduce advanced technology
and enhance exchange and cooperation to realize mutual development.


China Swimming Equipment Commission
12 . 5 .2002