Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has released its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting innovations and achievements relating to water efficiency, sanitation, hand hygiene, sustainability, green building, and more.
Titled “Upstream, Downstream” the report includes contributions from all of PMI’s 37 members.
The report also explains how PMI highlights these innovations when representing members’ interests in technical, regulatory and legislative forums on issues such as water-efficiency standards, tariffs, counterfeit product protection, and extended producer responsibility.
The report also emphasizes how dwindling water resources can be preserved through the enactment of systemic solutions and accelerated innovation. For example, legacy product replacement can quickly save significant amounts of water. Plumbing manufacturers have carried forward a long tradition of developing water-efficient, safe and durable products.
To solve seemingly insurmountable problems relating to water and sanitation, the plumbing manufacturing industry must take small steps. “The first of these steps is simply talking about the problem. These discussions lead to actions, first on a small scale, then on a larger stage as the evolution toward better water and sanitation solutions progresses,” the report states.
The report also summarizes PMI’s recent accomplishments, including:
With calls for extended producer responsibility legislation arising in various states, PMI partnered with the packaging industry advocates — the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) — to assure PMI members benefit from “over the horizon” insights about new legislation and compliance schemes on the drawing board.
With counterfeit plumbing products entering the U.S. marketplace through online venues, PMI filed complaints with the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security’s Custom and Border Protection and with owners of various online marketplaces including Amazon. PMI also supported the recently passed Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) Consumers Act to address the loopholes in online marketplace accountability.
PMI renewed industry opposition to tariffs on Chinese goods in comments to the U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce. PMI continues to deliver frequent updates on tariff issues that first arose in 2019.