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11 March
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  omes the World Plumbing Conference 2011
  World Plumbing Conference logo The historic city of Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland, welcomed some 350 representatives of the worldwide plumbing industry to the 9th World Plumbing Conference which took place in the city on the 7-11 September 2011.



SNIPEF, the hosts and organisers of the 9th World Plumbing Conference, were delighted with the event which took place in Edinburgh on the 7-11 September 2011.


Immediate Past World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman and Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee, Robert Burgon, said: During the business part of the Conference, delegates heard a wide range of presentations from industry and other experts on the theme “Meeting the Global Challenge”. Addresses were given by people including Scottish Government Minister, Fergus Ewing, MSP and Bruce Gordon representing the World Health Organisation in Geneva. The final Conference presentation by medical profession representative Professor Mala Rao from Hyderabad, India, brought delegates to their feet as she urged the industry to recognise its role in relation to protecting and improving public health".

Fergus Ewing (centre) is joined by WPC Past Chairman Robert Burgon, Left and SNIPEF President Preston Fleming.

Robert added "The social part of the programme included an Opening Dinner with Scottish entertainment, a Reception at Edinburgh Castle to celebrate the 100th birthday of the SNIPEF Edinburgh and District Branch and a Gala Dinner in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Partner visits were arranged to the Palace of

Holyroodhouse and the Georgian House and both delegates and partners descended into Mary King’s Close".

"Conferences like this are an important means for interaction between people from the industry in many different countries and there was evidence of lots of industry chat last week. An Australian delegate (who has attended all of the 9 World Plumbing Conferences) said that he believed that Professor Rao’s talk was possibly the best he had ever heard at an event like this. Others commented on the warmth of the welcome which they had received in the city, the beauty of our capital city and also of other parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland which they had visited during their trips".   

To see images of the 2011 World Plumbing Conference, click here.

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I was pleased to welcome kindred "plumbing" spirits from all across the globe to Edinburgh in 2011.

Preston Fleming,

SNIPEF President.