Sunday, April 14, 2024

Polin: Let the games begin

Global leader Polin launches new Game Technologies products

by Judith Rubin

Polin Waterparks is a manufacturer with a strong international base, a 40-year history, and a reputation for innovation and technical acumen. Now is an excellent time for a company such as Polin to thrive.

The attractions business demands constant re-invention and reinvestment from operators and manufacturers alike, and Polin is keeping in step. “The integration of technology, interactivity and gaming are the future,” says Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing & Communications, Polin Waterparks. “As our industry is growing, it is getting more complex and our clients are asking for more. That includes technology integration, media integration, social media integration, new products and new materials.”

Polin Game Technologies is launched

The visitor attractions industry is increasingly dependent on technology integration to produce compelling guest experiences, and Polin has placed an increased focus on research and development (R&D).

“As one of the largest waterpark suppliers of the world, we invest significantly in R&D,” says Pakis. “We have about 50 R&D engineers focusing on new projects.” That investment has led to creating a new division, Polin Game Technologies, which, says Pakis, “focuses exclusively on creating new concepts and technologies by strategically combining the experience of our own highly skilled R&D engineers with those of other critical sectors.”

Polin can leverage its solid stance in the industry, its resources and customer goodwill to stay on top. In addition, the waterpark sector has experienced unprecedented growth worldwide, as documented in the 2016 TEA/AECOM Theme Index.

Polin’s current list of strategic partner companies includes AWM, WOW Company, Lagotronics, Polymorph, SplashWare and others. Such partnerships are key to Polin’s high-tech, whole-product approach. “As a waterslide supplier, we are not only doing waterslides; rather, we are able to offer a complete guest experience package,” says Pakis. “We are in a position to offer more to our clients by integrating different parties, products and technologies to benefit them and delight their customers, the park guests.”

This approach is reflected in Polin’s expanding catalog of unique gaming, interactive and technology-integrated products. Several new Polin products will be unveiled and showcased to the industry at major trade shows this fall (see following link).


Polin new product showcase for fall 2017

Polin Game Technologies has a dedicated website: www.

Polin becomes an R&D center

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Turkey, Polin recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The company has built a strong base and global leadership, and a reputation for innovation, designing and installing more than 2,500 waterpark projects in 100 countries. All of its manufacturing is done in Turkey, in a 35,000-square-meter (376,737-square-feet) state-of-the-art factory specially designed for waterslide production.

In the course of its four decades, Polin has acquired high business rankings in its home country and within the industry. Earlier this year (2017), Polin received official certification as a research and development center from the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. The company has previously been recognized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) for its R&D investments and its exports in 2015 and 2016.

In 2006, Polin converted 100 percent of its fiberglass production to Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM) and has continued to raise the bar for the industry with innovations such as special lighting effects; patterned and transparent composites; sound-integrated components; and unique slide designs.

Polin has been honored twice by the World Waterparks Association with the Leading Edge Award: in 2014, for innovation and leadership as supplier of Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark (Thailand) and in 2016 for “Innovation in waterslide manufacturing that allows for artistic theming, unique patterns and sound effects.”

In 2010, Polin launched the King Cobra waterslide, touted as the world’s first circular racing waterslide and the first waterslide with a theme built in its own fiberglass design. King Cobra was honored by Kirmes Park & Revue as “Europe’s Best Waterslide” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2013, King Cobra was named “Most Innovative Product in the Entertainment Industry” by the Composites Manufacturers Association.

“These honors validate our company’s efforts to continue reaching for new goals, and our dedication and commitment to the industries we serve, said Ali Cansun, Polin’s R&D Director. “Polin is recognized as a pioneer in manufacturing technology for waterslide development, and continues to focus on high-quality design and proprietary innovations. This year, our goals include an increase in the flow of our products and services, emphasizing even greater innovation and quality for our customers.”


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PHOTOS courtesy Polin Waterparks

Polin at IAAPA EAS (Berlin, Sept 24-28)

Hall 18, Booth #418 (81 m² space) EAS waterpark forum sponsor

Polin at WWA (West Palm Beach, Oct 16-19)

Booth #733-834 Gold Sponsor

Polin at IAAPA IAE (Orlando, Nov 13-17)

Booth # 1378 (445 m² space) European Reception Supporting Sponsor; Water Park Operators’ Networking Event Gold Sponsor; Water Park Social Gold Sponsor

Polin has significantly increased its booth area for both IAAPA shows. Inquiries/appointments: Contact Sohret Pakis, Director of Marketing & Communications, [email protected]

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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