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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For All Of 2020,
Compared To All Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for December 2020 indicated raw material imports were up in three categories outlined: hog bristle, brush backs and metal handles, compared to December 2019. For all of 2020, raw material imports were down in three categories outlined, hog bristle, broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to all of 2019.

Import totals for December 2020 were up in four of the finished goods categories outlined: hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to December 2019. During all of 2020, import totals were also up in four categories outlined: hairbrushes, shaving brushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to all of 2019.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 11,784 kilograms of hog bristle in December 2020, up 27 percent from 9,263 kilograms imported in December 2019. During all of 2020, 141,156 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 23 percent from 182,937 kilograms for all of 2019.

China sent all of the hog bristle to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per kilogram for December 2020 was $46.76, up 49 percent from the average price per kilogram for December 2019 of $31.47. During all of 2020, the average price per kilogram was $33.17, down 16 percent from $39.36 for all of 2019.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during December 2020 was 817,039, down 26 percent from 1.1 million for December 2019. During all of 2020, 12.3 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 32 percent from 18.1 million for all of 2019.

During all of 2020, the United States received 5.4 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 3.9 million from Brazil and 2.1 million from China.

The average price per handle for December 2020 was 95 cents, up 32 percent from 72 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per handle was 75 cents, up 3 percent from 73 cents for all of 2019.


Brush Backs

December 2020 imports of brush backs totaled 247,360, up 10 percent from 225,659 for December 2019. During all of 2020, 2.9 million brush backs were imported, down 31 percent from 4.2 million for all of 2019.

Sri Lanka exported 1 million brush backs during all of 2020, while Indonesia sent 917,024, and Canada shipped 886,829.

The average price per brush back was 60 cents during December 2020, up 33 percent from 45 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price was 51 cents, down 4 percent from 53 cents for all of 2019.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during December 2020 was 1.8 million, up 98 percent from 910,097 for December 2019. During all of 2020, 21.1 million metal handles were imported, up 28 percent from 16.5 million for all of 2019.

During all of 2020, China sent 10.1 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy exported 6.1 million and Spain sent 3.5 million.

The average price per handle for December 2020 was $1.01, down 10 percent from $1.12 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per handle was 92 cents, down 10 percent from $1.02 for all of 2019.

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 375,366 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during December 2020, down 9 percent from 411,763 for December 2019. During all of 2020, 5.6 million brooms were imported, down 3 percent from 5.8 million for all of 2019.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per broom for December 2020 was $2.44, up 83 percent from $2.26 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per broom was $2.39, up 3 percent from $2.33 for all of 2019.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during December 2020 was 111,660, down 65 percent from 321,416 for December 2019. For all of 2020, 2.3 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 32 percent from 3.4 million for all of 2019.

During all of 2020, Sri Lanka exported 1.2 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for December 2020 was $1.04, up 154 percent from 41 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per unit was $1.02, up 29 percent from 79 cents for all of 2019.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 80.1 million toothbrushes in December 2020, down 14 percent from 92.9 million imported in December 2019. During all of 2020, 949.2 million toothbrushes were imported, down 14 percent from 1.1 billion for all of 2019.

China sent 704.7 million toothbrushes to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for December 2020 was 35 cents, up 30 percent from 27 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per toothbrush was 27 cents, up 8 percent from 25 cents for all of 2019.

Hairbrushes

December 2020 imports of hairbrushes totaled 5.2 million, up 86 percent from 2.8 million for December 2019. During all of 2020, 54.6 million hairbrushes were imported, up less than 1 percent from 54.5 million for all of 2019.

China sent 48.3 million hairbrushes to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per hairbrush was 22 cents during December 2020, down 21 percent from 28 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for all of 2019.


Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 5 million shaving brushes in December 2020, down 38 percent from 8.1 million imported in December 2019. During all of 2020, 72.3 million shaving brushes were imported, up 19 percent from 60.7 million for all of 2019.

China sent 58.6 million shaving brushes to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per shaving brush for December 2020 was 13 cents, up 30 percent from 10 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per brush was 10 cents, down 17 percent from 12 cents for all of 2019.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during November 2020 was 9.5 million, up 76 percent from 5.4 million for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, 81.8 million paint rollers were imported, up 17 percent from 70.1 million for the first 11 months of 2019.

China sent 61.4 million paint rollers to the United States during the first 11 months of 2020.

The average price per paint roller for November 2020 was 45 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for November 2019. During the first 11 months of 2020, the average price per paint roller was 46 cents, down 6 percent from 49 cents for the first 11 months of 2019.


Paintbrushes

The import total of paint rollers during December 2020 was 9.9 million, up 27 percent from 7.8 million for December 2019. During all of 2020, 91.7 million paint rollers were imported, up 18 percent from 77.9 million for all of 2019.

China sent 69 million paint rollers to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per paint roller for December 2020 was 48 cents, up 17 percent from 41 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per paint roller was 47 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for all of 2019.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for December 2020 was 1.7 million, up 13 percent from 1.5 million for December 2019. During all of 2020, 20.4 million upright brooms were imported, down 4 percent from 21.2 million for all of 2019.

China sent 18.6 million upright brooms to the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per broom for December 2020 was $1.56, up 13 percent from $1.38 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per broom was $1.41, down 5 percent from $1.49 for all of 2019.


– EXPORTS –

Export totals for December 2020 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to December 2019. For all of 2020, export totals were also down in four categories outlined: toothbrushes, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to all of 2019.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 3,025 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during December 2020, down 45 percent from 5,482 dozen for December 2019. For all of 2020, 91,495 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, up 18 percent from 77,684 dozen for all of 2019.

The United States sent 38,226 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during all of 2020, while India received 26,790 dozen.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $42.78 in December 2020, up 2 percent from $41.85 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $31.05, down 28 percent from $43.19 per dozen for all of 2019.

Toothbrushes

During December 2020, the United States exported 6.8 million toothbrushes, down 28 percent from 9.5 million for December 2019. During all of 2020, 104.7 million toothbrushes were exported, down 31 percent from 151.1 million for all of 2019.

The United States exported 30.7 million toothbrushes to Canada, during all of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for December 2020 was 95 cents, up 23 percent from 77 cents for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per brush was 84 cents, up 53 percent from 55 cents for all of 2019.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 584,414 shaving brushes during December 2020, down 20 percent from 727,140 for December 2019. During all of 2020, 16.6 million shaving brushes were exported, down 8 percent from 18 million for all of 2019.

During all of 2020, the United States exported 7.8 million shaving brushes to Mexico and 2.9 million to Canada.

The average price per shaving brush for December 2020 was $1.92, up 21 percent from $1.59 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per shaving brush was $1.05, up 7 percent from 98 cents for all of 2019.

Artist Brushes

December 2020 exports of artist brushes totaled 596,102, down 24 percent from 779,685 for December 2019. During all of 2020, 7.6 million artist brushes were exported, down 8 percent from 8.3 million for all of 2019.

Canada received 6 million artist brushes from the United States during all of 2020.


The average price per artist brush was $2.74 during December 2020, up 23 percent from $2.23 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per artist brush was $2.89, down 22 percent from $3.71 for all of 2019.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during December 2020 was 133,567, up 9 percent from 122,438 for December 2019. During all of 2020, 1.7 million paintbrushes were exported, down 26 percent from 2.3 million for all of 2019.

Canada imported 806,539 paintbrushes from the United States during all of 2020.

The average price per paintbrush for December 2020 was $8.20, down 11 percent from $9.20 for December 2019. During all of 2020, the average price per paintbrush was $8.16, up 26 percent from $6.49 for all of 2019.

 

December 2020

December 2020 Export Chart

 

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Industry News

 

Brush Fibers, Inc., Announces New Division In Mexico

Brush Fibers

Brush Fibers, Inc., with offices in Arcola, IL, and San Antonio, TX, has opened a new company located in Monterrey, Mexico. The new entity is called Fibras y Cepillos (translates to Brush Fibers in English), and will be under the supervision of Roberto Sixtos, who will be the general manager of Mexico operations.

Brush Fibers CEO Chris Monahan said, “This will be an excellent opportunity for our customers to be assured of quality control of raw materials and other products that originate in Mexico. Roberto has been working for PelRay International since January 1, 2018, as procurement and sales (Mexico operations), and has established outstanding relationships with our existing vendors.”

PelRay President Bart Pelton also noted that Sixtos has been working in the brush, broom and mop supply business for over 20 years in Mexico, and has been consistently commended for his ability to deliver what the customer needs.

For more information, please contact Bart Pelton at bart@pelray.com, Roberto Sixtos at roberto@pelray.com or visit brushfibers.com.

 



Announcement From Bart Boucherie Jr. And Paolo Roversi:
Borghi Boucherie Group To Continue Their Respective Activities Separately


“We would like to announce that GB Boucherie of Belgium and Borghi Spa of Italy, after seven years of intense and positive cooperation within the Boucherie Borghi Group, have jointly agreed to continue their respective activities separately, as it used to be before the merger,” according to a press release.

“Although we will both run our businesses independently again, all customers and suppliers can be assured that this decision will not affect daily activities. Moreover, both companies will even continue to cooperate in certain fields and projects. We both believe that this choice will further strengthen the long-term position of our respective companies.

“We would like to thank all employees and stakeholders who supported the Group during the last seven years, and guarantee that both companies will continue professional activities with the same enthusiasm and dedication as when they were together.

“For those who would like to get more information about this decision,

we remain at your disposal.”

Bart Boucherie Jr.
CEO
GB Boucherie nv
Izegem, Belgium


Paolo Roversi
President
Borghi Spa
Castelfranco Emilia, Italy



 

Industry News


Thomas O'Connor
Lanoco Specialty Wire Products Co-Founder And Previous President


Nexstep

Thomas S. O'Connor

Thomas S. O’Connor, 78, formerly of Dennis, MA, died Thursday, Feb 11, in UMASS Medical Center following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ellen (Bradley) O’Connor; a daughter, Maureen and her husband, William Rocheleau, of Worcester; his son-in-law, Michael Erickson, of Auburn; his granddaughter, Elizabeth Erickson; sister in law, Kathleen Lannon, and her husband, John, of Millbury; sister-in-law, Ann Walsh, of Boylston; and many nieces, nephews and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna (Neville) O’Connor; his daughter, Susan M. Erickson; his brothers, John and Patrick O’Connor; and, his sisters, Margaret Hultgren and Patricia O’Connor.

He attended Worcester Boy’s Trade, and then enlisted in the United States Air Force for four years. Following his military service, he graduated from Becker Jr. College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and received a master’s degree in business administration from Clark University.

He worked many years at Parker and Harper Manufacturing, then co-founded the family business, Lanoco Specialty Wire Products, Inc. He was president of the company for 25 years until his retirement.

Mr. O’Connor enjoyed many years golfing in Florida, fishing and boating in Cape Cod Bay and traveling throughout the United States and Europe.

The service honoring his life is available as a recording. For more information, visit www.mulhane.com/obituary/Thomas-OConnor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA, 02241-7005 or at www.heart.org.




ABMA’s Emerging Leaders Elects First Board Of Directors


Kevin White



Miguel Medrano


Thomas Cottam


The ABMA Emerging Leaders group has elected its initial board of directors. These directors will serve two-year terms, and will spearhead the ABMA Emerging Leaders program. The board members include:

• President: Kevin White from Industrial Brush Company, Fairfield, NJ;
• Vice President: Miguel Medrano from Borghi USA, Aberdeen, MD; and,
• Secretary/Treasurer: Thomas Cottam from Industrial Brush Corporation, St George, UT.
ABMA Emerging Leaders is a peer networking and leadership group with the goal of connecting young industry professionals to further develop their interests, expertise and leadership in the industry.

This group is open to anyone 45-years-old or younger who is actively engaged in the broom, brush, roller, mop or paint industry, and whose organization is an ABMA member.
Contact ABMA for more information, www.abma.org.





UNIMAC Unveils New Corporate Branding

Unimac


“Unimac s.r.l. is proud to launch our completely revamped corporate image by streamlining our website for efficiency and sharing our refreshed catalogs to provide the information you want to know,” said Unimac.

“The website has a more responsive design to easily navigate through our wide range of product information, as well as an efficient and innovative layout.

“We invite you to explore our latest news and upcoming events at www.unimac.it.”

Unimac has new equipment catalogs, highlighting its products in more detail, with exact specifications to meet manufacturing needs. One catalog includes power brush-making machines, from twist-knot brushes and crimped-wire brushes to wire handling and special machines. The other catalog contains Unimac’s complete lines and automation for the production and assembly of handles, illustrating all technical data and specifications regarding handle manufacturing machinery.

For more information, visit the website www.unimac.it and/or contact the company, Telephone: +39 059 93 26 64.




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