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Imports, Exports Down For The First 11 Months Of 2019

U.S. government trade figures for November 2019 indicated raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to November 2018. For the first
11 months of 2019, raw material imports were down in all four categories outlined: hog bristle, broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first 11 months of 2018.

Import totals for November 2019 were down in five of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to November 2018. During the first 11 months
of 2019, import totals were down in four categories outlined, compared to the first 11 months of 2018: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, shaving brushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 15,229 kilograms of hog bristle in November 2019,
up 45 percent from 10,491 kilograms imported in November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 173,674 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 13 percent from 199,831 for the first 11 months of 2018.

China sent 173,523 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first
11 months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for November 2019 was $56.06, up 30 percent from the average price per kilogram for November 2018 of $36.56. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $39.78, up 9 percent from $36.56 for the first 11 months of 2018.


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during November 2019 was
1.6 million, down 6 percent from 1.7 million for November 2018. During the first
11 months of 2019, 17 million broom and mop handles were imported, down
1 percent from 17.1 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

During the first 11 months of 2019, the United States received 7.9 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 4.9 million from Brazil and 2.5 million from China.


The average price per handle for November 2019 was 68 cents, down 12 percent from 77 cents for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per handle was 73 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first
11 months of 2018.

Brush Backs

November 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 400,835, down 56 percent from 918,068 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 3.9 million brush backs were imported, down 25 percent from 5.2 million for 2018.

Sri Lanka shipped 1.4 million brush backs to the United States during the first
11 months 2019, while Canada and Indonesia each sent 1.2 million.

The average price per brush back was 55 cents during November 2019, up
28 percent from 43 cents for November 2018. During the first 11 months of
2019, the average price was 53 cents, up 8 percent from 49 cents for the first
11 months of 2018.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during November 2019 was 1.2 million, down
14 percent from 1.4 million for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 15.6 million metal handles were imported, down 14 percent from 18.2 million for
the first 11 months of 2018.

During the first 11 months of 2019, Italy sent 7.1 million metal handles to the
United States, while China exported 3.8 million and Spain shipped 2.4 million.

The average price per handle for November 2019 was 94 cents, down 22 percent from $1.21 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per handle was $1.02, the same as for the first 11 months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 373,764 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during November 2019, down 21 percent from 473,610 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 5.4 million brooms were imported, down 7 percent from 5.8 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first 11 months
of 2019.

The average price per broom for November 2019 was $2.35, down 1 cent from
the average price for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per broom was $2.33, down 3 percent from $2.41 for the first
11 months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during November 2019 was 119,299, down 14 percent from 138,556 brooms and brushes imported during November 2018. For the first 11 months of 2019, 3.1 million brooms
and brushes were imported, up 35 percent from 2.3 million for the first
11 months of 2018.

During the first 11 months of 2019, Sri Lanka exported 1.5 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for November 2019 was $1.24, down 32 percent from the average price for November 2018 of $1.82. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per unit was 83 cents, down 31 percent from $1.20 for the first
11 months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 90.3 million toothbrushes in November 2019,
up 2 percent from 88.7 million imported in November 2018. During the first
11 months of 2019, 1 billion toothbrushes were imported, the same as for the
first 11 months of 2018.

China sent 813.7 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first
11 months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for November 2019 was 22 cents, down
15 percent from the average price for November 2018 of 26 cents. During the
first 11 months of 2019, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents,
up 1 cent from the average price for the first 11 months of 2018.


Hairbrushes

November 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 6.1 million, up 7 percent from
5.7 million for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 51.7 million hairbrushes were imported, up 4 percent from 49.7 million for the first 11 months
of 2018.

China sent 50.2 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first 11 months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 28 cents during November 2019,
up 8 percent from 26 cents for November 2018. During the first 11 months of
2019, the average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, the same as for the first
11 months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.4 million shaving brushes in November 2019,
down 28 percent from 6.1 million imported in November 2018. During the first
11 months of 2019, 52.6 million shaving brushes were imported, down 1 percent from 53.1 million for first nine months of 2018.

China sent 37.4 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first
11 months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for November 2019 was 14 cents,
down 1 cent from the average price for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per brush was 13 cents, also down 1 cent from the average price for the first 11 months of 2018.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during November 2019 was 5.4 million, down
2 percent from 5.5 million for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 70.1 million paint rollers were imported, down 15 percent from 82.8 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

China sent 55.1 million paint rollers to the United States during the first 11 months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for November 2019 was 44 cents, down
19 percent from 54 cents for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per paint roller was 49 cents, up 17 percent from 42 cents for
the first 11 months of 2018.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 19.3 million paintbrushes during November 2019, down 10 percent from 21.4 million for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 251.5 million paintbrushes were imported, down 11 percent from 282.9 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

China shipped 230.2 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first
11 months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for November 2019 was 27 cents, down
13 percent from 31 cents for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was 29 cents, the same as for the first
11 months of 2018.


Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for October 2019 was 1.7 million, the same as for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 18.1 million upright brooms were imported, up 21 percent from 15 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

China sent 16.4 million upright brooms to the United States during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per broom for October 2019 was $1.53, up 5 percent from $1.46 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.50, up 9 percent from $1.38 for the first 10 months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for November 2019 were down in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to November 2018. For the first 11 months of 2019, export totals were down in four categories outlined, compared to the first 11 months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 7,637 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during November 2019, up 6 percent from the November 2018 total of 7,211 dozen. For the first 11 months of 2019, 72,202 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 12 percent from 81,622 dozen for the first 11 months of 2018.

The United States sent 31,582 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first 11 months of 2019.


The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $49.17 in November 2019, up 107 percent from $23.70 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $43.29, up 22 percent from $35.51 per dozen for the first 11 months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During November 2019, the United States exported 11.8 million toothbrushes, down 20 percent from 14.8 million for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 141.6 million toothbrushes were exported, down 6 percent from 150.9 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

The United States exported 36.8 million toothbrushes to Canada during the
first 11 months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for November 2019 was 64 cents, up 25 percent from 51 cents for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per brush was 54 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first
11 months of 2018.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 2.2 million shaving brushes during November 2019,
up 312 percent from 533,504 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 17.3 million shaving brushes were exported, up 12 percent from 15.5 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

During the first 11 months of 2019, the United States exported 6.2 million shaving brushes to Mexico, 3.9 million to Canada and 3.7 million to Brazil.

The average price per shaving brush for November 2019 was 60 cents, down 74 percent from $2.34 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per shaving brush was 96 cents, down 25 percent from $1.28 for the first 11 months of 2018.


Artist Brushes

November 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 610,909, down 22 percent from 778,367 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 7.5 million artist brushes were exported, also down 22 percent from 9.6 million for the first
11 months of 2018.

Canada received 5 million artist brushes from the United States during the first
11 months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $3.80 during November 2019, up 4 percent from $3.67 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.86, up 5 percent from $3.66 for the first 11 months
of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during November 2019 was 155,939, down
29 percent from 218,098 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, 2.1 million paintbrushes were exported, down 9 percent from 2.3 million for the first 11 months of 2018.

Canada imported 959,551 paintbrushes from the United States during the first
11 months of 2019, while the United Kingdom received 465,085.

The average price per paintbrush for November 2019 was $7.87, up 37 percent from $5.76 for November 2018. During the first 11 months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was $6.33, down 5 percent from $6.69 for the first 11 months of 2018.

 

November 2019

October 2019 Export Chart

 

Click here for the entire November 2019
Import/Export Statistics.

 



Industry News


ABMA Preview

The 103rd American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) Annual Convention is scheduled for March 4-7, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, in St. Petersburg, FL. This year’s ABMA event, with a focus on “2020 Vision For The Future,” is billed as
four days of networking, fellowship and information sharing. The convention will include
the suppliers display “Face 2 Face” program, Opening Business Session, guest speakers, receptions, golf tournament and other key events.


CONVENTION PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The first full day of activities for the 103rd ABMA Annual Convention is Wednesday, March 4. The Convention Committee Breakfast Meeting is scheduled from 8 to 9:20 a.m., followed by the Public Relations Committee Meeting from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., and the Membership Committee Meeting from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.

ABMA convention registration on Wednesday is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Statistical Committee Lunch Meeting is set for noon to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a Safety & Standards Committee Meeting from 1 to 1:50 p.m.

This year’s All Division Meeting is also slated for Wednesday, from 2:30 to 3 p.m., and is open to everyone who attends the convention. That will be followed, from 3 to 5 p.m., by the first of two ABMA All-Attendee Educational Institutes. The guest speaker for this event is Lisa Ryan, who will discuss, “Manufacturing Engagement: How to Attract And Keep YOUR Top Talent From Becoming THEIRS.”

Ryan will discuss:
• Why the focus should be on employees who are doing things well, instead of toxic workers;
• How to build a company’s reputation as a great place to work;
• How to address the hidden killer of productivity and profits;
• How to get off the hamster wheel of a continuous hiring cycle and focus more on creating an irresistible workplace culture; and,
• How to tackle the generational divide at work.

Wednesday’s events conclude with the New Members & First Time Attendees Welcome Reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the inaugural Paul M. Miller Welcome Reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Dress is business casual for both events.

A day earlier, on Tuesday, March 3, the Directors Finance Meeting will take place from 5 to 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by the ABMA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

The main program to kick off events for Thursday, March 5, will be the Opening Business Session from 8 to 8:50 a.m. The session will include a welcome given by ABMA President Scott Enchelmaier, of The Industrial Brush Company, Fairfield, NJ.

Prior to the opening event, a yoga session from instructor Rachel Hack, of Epic Resins, Palmyra, WI, will take place from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m., while a continental breakfast will be available from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. and remain active until 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Following the Opening Business Session will be the second ABMA All-Attendee
Educational Institute. This is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. and features guest speaker Steve Fredlund. He will present a “2020 Vision For The Future” program, billed as “An Interactive Industry Event.” It will embark on a two layer strategic planning experience, designed to shape the future of ABMA.

The Suppliers Display setup time is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, while the ABMA Golf Scramble Tournament will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the nearby Vinoy Golf Club. Tournament cost includes greens fees, golf cart rental, range balls and prizes. Participants are asked to make their own club rental arrangements directly by calling the pro shop at 1-727-896-8000. Please specify men’s or ladies left- or right-handed clubs.

A mid-convention reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner on Thursday is open. One option is participation in the ABMA Networking Dinner, to take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse, located approximately one block from the Vinoy. This casual dinner event is limited to the first 36 people who sign up. The cost is $125 per person, with proceeds to support the ABMA Foundation.

A full day of activities are planned for Friday, March 6, starting with a yoga session with Rachel Hack from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m., and a continental breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Registration is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

One of Friday’s highlights will be the ABMA “Face 2 Face” Suppliers Display program, which will begin at 8 a.m. and run until noon. The event provides a showcase for ABMA members to learn about the latest products, ideas and components offered by participating suppliers. In addition, the event is another opportunity for members to network.

For the second year in a row, ABMA is using a pre-planned meeting schedule format to allow for 13 minute “power meeting” conferences to take place during the Suppliers Display. In this format, suppliers stay stationary at their tables with chairs for visitors. Meetings will cycle every 15 minutes. A scheduled format will be in place for the first three hours of the event, allowing for 13 minute “power meetings” for higher-level discussions. People will rotate as per their schedule. During the final hour, people can move around the space freely and sit down with suppliers of their choice for 13 minute meetings.

Scheduled meetings will be determined in advance through a scheduling software program.
“Please note that the meeting selection process is never perfect. It is hard to accommodate all requests. That is why there is an open time, which allows people to meet regardless of their schedules,” according to ABMA.

Suppliers are to bring only what they can fit on their tables, and that rule applies to all suppliers to keep things fair, ABMA added. Allowed items for each supplier table are: literature, tablecloths, price sheets, tabletop lit racks, counter cards, sample products, and a laptop to stream videos and share reporting. Not allowed items are: free-standing floor displays, banner stands, large tabletop displays and wall-hung displays.

From 9 to 11 a.m., the ABMA Companion Program “St. Petersburg Mural Tour” is scheduled. Participants will board a trolley to travel around downtown St. Petersburg to see a wide variety of murals. The tour will be led by a local mural artist, Derek Donnelly. This activity is free to participants and is limited to the first 30 who sign up.

A buffet lunch is slated from noon until 1 p.m. Friday. This will be followed by an Electric Boat Scavenger Hunt from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will embark on a scavenger hunt, guiding their electric boats around Tampa Bay with boating instructions and maps. Teams will capture items with their cameras, and along the way enjoy the views of waterfront homes, wildlife and landmarks. Boats will include coolers with refreshments, including water, soda and craft beers. It is recommended to bring hats, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a camera/phone. Price is $170 per person and limited to 30 people.

Friday evening’s featured event will be the annual Suppliers Reception, which takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will include the ABMA Innovation Award winner presentation, food, music and dancing. Dress is business or resort casual.

The 2020 ABMA Annual Convention will conclude on Saturday, March 7, with a board of directors meeting scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is no official convention program scheduled for the remainder of the day, allowing attendees to enjoy the surrounding area on their own.

HOTEL, DRESS & WEATHER INFORMATION

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is located at 501 5th Ave., NE, St. Petersburg, FL. The phone number is 1-727-894-1000. The resort is part of St. Petersburg’s thriving downtown district, and overlooks the Vinoy Yacht Basin.

For ABMA events, comfortable and casual dress is appropriate. Daytime attire is
casual and sportswear is customary (golf shirts and slacks or shorts for men; slacks,
shorts or skirts/dresses for women). Evening activities feature “nice” informal or daytime business casual attire and may include sport coats for men; and pantsuits, slacks, skirts/ dresses for women.

St. Petersburg’s average daytime temperatures in March are in the mid 70s. Nighttime temperatures average in the low 60s. The area averages 3.5 inches of rain during the month.

Visit www.abma.org for additional information about this year’s ABMA Annual Convention.

 


 


Coronavirus' Effect On InterBrush

 

Current Information From Messe Freiburg
On Coronavirus Preparedness


Shurhold

At Messe Freiburg, the health and well-being of our visitors and exhibitors is our top priority. We have been monitoring the global situation daily and are closely following the advice of the respon-sible health authorities with regard to the coronavirus. Currently, they do not see any reason to place restrictions on exhibitions in Germany.

Therefore, we would like to let you know that Interbrush 2020 will take place
as planned from May 6 to 8, 2020 at Messe Freiburg.

Right now, we cannot predict how the current situation will affect Interbrush 2020. The proportion of exhibitors and visitors arriving from China is relatively small, and we have not yet received any cancellations from exhibitors.

Messe Freiburg will follow and directly implement for all events the recommendations and guidelines of the World Health Organ-ization (WHO)
as well as those issued by the Robert Koch Insti-tute and the health authorities, with which it is in regular contact.

The recommendations are available at
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/ad-vice-for-public.

 


 



From Shurhold,
Now, Brush And Mop Handles Won't Scratch Finishes


When using an RV brush or mop, few things are as frustrating as rubbing it up against
the finish and leaving a scratch. Shurhold's Handle Mate PFD prevents this from
happening. Slipped over the aluminum shaft of any of the company's Telescoping or
Fixed Length Handles, it protects paint, fiberglass, chrome, acrylic and vinyl graphics
from forehead-slapping accidents. Plus, if it does doubly-duty on a boat, it'll float the
tool if dropped overboard.

 

Shurhold

Handle Mate PFD is made from soft, durable neoprene that provides a solid,
cushioned grip. Models easily slide over 5-, 6- and 9-foot Shurhold handle shafts and won't
affect telescoping action. The included closed-cell foam is inserted inside the handle to provide flotation. A video is at bit.ly/2fbc9Tz.

The Handle Mate PFD is part of Shurhold's One Handle Does It All system. Brushes, mops, brooms, scrubbers, squeegees and other tools snap securely onto one of its many handles.

For more information, visit www.shurhold.com/rv.


 



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