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Polin Waterparks honoured with World Waterpark Association award
Polin Waterparks has been recognised for its aquatic industry innovation with the presentation of the 2016 World Waterpark Association's prestigious ‘Leading Edge Award’ for "innovation in waterslide manufacturing that allows for artistic theming, unique patterns and sound effects".
The World Waterpark Association (WWA) Board of Directors selected Polin Waterparks for the exclusive honour based on the company's unique, pioneer and exclusive waterslide manufacturing technologies like closed moulded manufacturing technology, natural light effects, special pattern effects, patterned translucency, slide'n roll, translucent slide parts and new design options that allow parks to offer customised theming, story telling, spectator appeal and interactive rider experience.
Polin Waterparks was previously honoured by WWA with the Leading Edge Award in 2014 for being the supplier of waterpark to the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, located in Pattaya, Thailand. That award was designed to recognise a park and supplier member who, through their combined efforts, brought a project, product, service or program to fruition, thereby creating industry innovation and leadership.
This year’s WWA award had a different criteria, with the Association defining the honour as one "awarded to individuals or parks for creativity in the development of new themes, facilities, programs, services or operational concepts in the water attractions industry, and to suppliers who have developed new concepts, products or services to the benefit of park members, their customers or the water attractions industry."
During the 2016 WWA Convention in New Orleans on 12th October, WWA Chairman of the Board Mark Moore presented the award to Polin representatives Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing & Communications and Dr Kubilay Alpdoğan, Director of Sales and Design on behalf of Polin Waterparks team.
Welcoming receipt of the award, Dr Alpdoğan stated “winning this award is a great honour for Polin Waterparks and everyone on our team."
With Polin celebrating its 40th anniversary in the waterslide manufacturing industry, Dr Alpdoğan added "for the last 20 years,our company has invested a great deal into the industry.
“Our R&D backbone consists of more than 55 engineers in three sub-departments focusing on composites, hydromechanical systems and product design.
“This is our main strength. I am proud to announce that we are becoming a R&D centre by 2017."
Pakis went on to state “we have been the pioneer in resin-transfer molding (RTM) waterslide manufacturing and today we are the sole producer offering its entire line as RTM."
Commenting on Polin innovations including the development of natural light effects RTM technology, followed by special pattern effects, translucent RTM and patterned translucency, Pakis explained “we have continually invested in new technologies and advancements over the years and, last year, we introduced our artistic series of finishes."
The new finishes replicate the appearance of graffiti, wood and metallics, among other designs, technology that Pakis says “turns waterslides into genuine works of art with both interior and exterior designs - fully embedded into the production of the slides.
“These innovations are critical to helping our waterpark partners with their story telling and theming.
“By offering these, we have changed the way the industry is able to deliver an experience to their guests.”
Pakis feels that Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark is a perfect example of this new trend in delivering experience with waterslides progressing from being individual waterpark attractions and into becoming integral parts of a park's story - virtually characters themselves.
She concluded “we can't tell you how happy we are to contribute to this amazing industry, we are proud to announce that we are expanding that into a whole line of artistic themes that can fit into a wide range of park themes to enhance the storytelling.
"This recognition of our passionate efforts by WWA means a lot. We gratefully send all of our thanks to the WWA board of directors and congratulate all the winners who are passionate about serving and contributing to this amazing industry.”
Click here to contact Polin Waterparks via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
Click here to contact Polin's Australian distributor Swimplex Aquatics via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
Images: Mark Moore, Chairman of World Waterpark Association; Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing & Communications of Polin Waterparks; Kubilay Alpdogan, Director of Sales & Design of Polin Waterparks at the presentation of the 2016 WWA Leading Edge Award’ (top), Polin slides at the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark (middle) and Polin slide technology (below).
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