PMIandCIPH: Barbara C. Higgens, executive director of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, and Ralph Suppa, president and general manager of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at PMI’s Spring Meeting to establish a framework for cooperation between the two trade groups, thus formalizing an already productive 10-year relationship.
Based in Toronto, CIPH includes
manufacturers, wholesaler distributors, master distributors, manufacturers’ agents
and allied companies that manufacture and distribute plumbing, hydronic
heating, industrial, waterworks and other mechanical products.
“The MOU expresses our mutual
commitment to create an organized and systematic approach for voluntarily exchanging
information and materials on common educational, technical, scientific,
legislative and regulatory matters that affect the plumbing industry
worldwide,” said PMI’s Higgens. “We will do this through publications, reports,
association conferences and industry meetings.”
has forged similar agreements with two other associations outside the United
States: the Plumbing Products Industry Group, a Melbourne-based trade
organization of plumbing manufacturers and importers from Australia and New
Zealand and the Bathroom Manufacturers Association of the United Kingdom. PMI
also participates in The European Committee of the Valve Industry, or CEIR, a
federation of national manufacturer associations, representing virtually the
entire valve and fitting production in Europe.