The curtains have fallen on the 2023 World Plumbing Conference in Shanghai, a remarkable event that left attendees and participants with a wealth of knowledge, fresh perspectives and newfound connections. Nearly 2,000 people representing a dozen nations were in attendance, either in person or virtually.
With the theme of “Greener, Smarter, Safer”, conference attendees had the opportunity to immerse themselves in presentations, panel discussions and workshops, delving into the latest research, trends and best practices. Whether it was a deep dive into cutting-edge technology or a conversation about the future of the industry, there were ample opportunities to absorb valuable information and experiences.
The conference also featured an exhibition of the latest products, services and technologies in the industry. From innovative startups to industry giants, the showcase was a testament to the ever-evolving landscape of technology and the exciting developments in the plumbing industry.
Dave Viola, CEO of the IAPMO Group of the United States, was elected to a three-year term as chair of WPC Executive Board.
“I’m honored and excited to be called to work continuing the legacy of progress established by my predecessors on behalf of the international plumbing community,” Viola said. “Advancing vital goals in workforce development, workplace diversity, spotlighting of skills and generally showcasing the awesome benefits of plumbing to humankind will be a priority for the entirety of my term.”
The conference was a resounding success thanks to the dedication of the organizers.
“I offer immense respect and gratitude to conference hosts Yongxin Qin and Lily Li Kai from China for their expert handling of all the behind the scenes work necessary to make the event successful while seamlessly balancing in-person and virtual attendance,” Viola said.
The next WPC conference will be held in Birmingham, England, in June 2026.
For those who were unable to attend, the presentations from the conference are available below.
Atmospheric Drainage System of Sanitary, Oil and Gas, and Industrial Process Plants | AHMAD A. ALMULLA, Chairman, Plumbing & Utilities Standard Committee
Control of Plumbing Materials in Hong Kong | Terry KUNG, Senior Mechanical Engineer/Material Control and Testing
Water Supply and Drainage Equipment Technology | DICKROSE MASALAMANI, JD WATERS PTE LTD (Executive Director)
Energy Management in the Sanitation sector: A case study of Sewage Treatment in Brazil | Alberto J. Fossa, Abrinstal – Brazil
Plumbing Aspects of Health Care Facilities in the Philippines | Dr Bonifacio B. Magtibay, Technical Officer, Environmental/Occupational Health WHO-Philippines
Plumbing Materials | M. Gumbs
Products in Plumbing Systems: Features, Quality and Their ‘Out-of-the-box’ Uses | Abbas Lehry, Managing Director – Lehry Group of Companies
Role of ISO 30500: Integrated Toilet and Treatment Products | Sun Gil Kim – ISO PC 305 Chair
Water and Energy Saving Features in Highrise Building Plumbing Systems | Ir Ben K.C. YUEN 袁啟志工程師, Honorary Technical Advisor of CIPHE-HKB, WSP (Asia) Ltd (Technical Director)