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Imports And Exports Up
For The First Three Months Of 2018


U.S. government trade figures for the first three months of
2018 indicated raw material imports were down in two categories outlined: hog bristle and metal handles, compared to the first three months of 2017. For March 2018, three categories reported increases: hog bristle, broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to March 2017.

Import totals for the first three months of 2018 were up in six finished goods categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first three months of 2017. In March 2018, seven categories outlined recorded increases: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to March 2017.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 10,853 kilograms of hog bristle in March 2018, up significantly from 500 kilograms imported in March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 54,129 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 28 percent from 74,745 kilograms imported during the first three months of 2017.

China sent 54,025 kilograms hog bristle to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per kilogram for March 2018 was $44.64, up 20 percent from the average price per kilogram for March 2017 of $37.20. The average price per kilogram for the first three months of 2018 was $29.56, up 11 percent from the average price per kilogram of $26.71 for the first three months of 2017.

 

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during March 2018 was 1.8 million, up 13 percent from 1.6 million for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 4.5 million broom and mop handles were imported, the same as for the first three months of 2017.

During the first three months of 2018, the United States received 1.8 million
broom and mop handles from Honduras, 1.4 million from Brazil and 1.1 million
from South Korea.

The average price per handle for March 2018 was 61 cents, down 15 percent from 72 cents for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was 73 cents, down 3 percent from 75 cents for the first three months of 2017.

 

Brush Backs

March 2018 imports of brush backs totaled 529,038, up 50 percent from 351,866 for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 1.3 million brush backs were imported, the same as for the first three months of 2017.

Sri Lanka shipped 697,953 brush backs to the United States during the first three months of 2018, while Canada sent 435,231.

The average price per brush back was 54 cents during March 2018, the
same as for March 2017. For the first three months of 2018, the average
price per brush back was also 54 cents, up 4 percent from 52 cents for the first three months of 2017.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during March 2018 was 1.4 million, down 13 percent from 1.6 million for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 5.2 million metal handles were imported, down 13 percent from 6 million for the first three months of 2017.

During the first three months of 2018, China exported 2.3 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy shipped 1.7 million and Spain sent 944,364.

The average price per handle for March 2018 was $1.11, up 17 percent from 95 cents for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was $1.05, up 13 percent from 93 cents for the first three months of 2017.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 569,904 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during March 2018, down 3 percent from 585,845 for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 1.4 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 18 percent from 1.7 million for the first three months of 2017.

Mexico sent nearly all of the brooms to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per broom for March 2018 was $2.58, up 12 percent from
$2.30 for March 2017. The average price per broom for the first three months
of 2018 was $2.48, up 5 percent from the average price for the first three months
of 2017 of $2.36.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during March 2018 was 410,257, up 133 percent from 175,873 brooms and brushes imported during March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 736,062 brooms and brushes were imported, up 25 percent from 586,955 for the first three months of 2017.

Sri Lanka exported 291,037 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first three months of 2018, while China sent 235,854.

The average price per unit for March 2018 was 60 cents, down 62 percent from the average price for March 2017 of $1.59. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was $1.14, down 16 percent from $1.35 for the first three months of 2017.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 87.5 million toothbrushes in March 2018, up 26 percent from 69.3 million imported in March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 281.2 million toothbrushes were imported, up 12 percent from 251.8 million for the first three months of 2017.

China sent 224.1 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for March 2018 was 26 cents, up 8 percent from 24 cents for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was 24 cents, up 14 percent from 21 cents for the first three months of 2017.

 

Hairbrushes

March 2018 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4 million, up 21 percent from 3.3 million for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 12.8 million hairbrushes were imported, up 24 percent from 10.3 million for the first three months of 2017.

China sent nearly all the hairbrushes to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per hairbrush was 23 cents during March 2018, down 8 percent from the average price for March 2017 of 25 cents. For the first three months of 2018, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 8 percent from 26 cents for the first three months of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4 million shaving brushes in March 2018, up 67 percent from 2.4 million imported in March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 12 million shaving brushes were imported, down 26 percent from 16.3 million imported during the first three months of 2017.

China sent 7.5 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first
three months of 2018, while South Korea shipped 2.7 million and Germany exported 1.2 million.

The average price per shaving brush for March 2018 was 14 cents, down 26 percent from 19 cents for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was 16 cents, up 23 percent from the average price for the first three months of 2017 of 13 cents.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during March 2018 was 8.1 million, up 93 percent from 4.2 million for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 22.5 million paint rollers were imported, up 29 percent from 17.4 million during the first three months of 2017.

China sent 18.5 million paint rollers to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per paint roller for March 2018 was 39 cents, down 15 percent from 46 cents for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was 42 cents, up 5 percent from the average price for the first three months of 2017 of 40 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 30 million paintbrushes during March 2018, up 95 percent from 15.4 million for March 2017. Paintbrush imports for the first three months of 2018 were 82.9 million, up 35 percent from 61.6 million for the first three months of 2017.

China shipped 74.4 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for March 2018 was 26 cents, down 10
percent from 29 cents for March 2017. The average price for the first three
months of 2018 was also 26 cents, down 10 percent from 29 cents for the first three months of 2017.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for March 2018 was 1.2 million, up 49 percent from 807,325 for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 4.4 million upright brooms were imported, up 13 percent from 3.9 million imported during the first three months of 2017.

China sent 3.8 million upright brooms to the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per broom for March 2018 was $1.27, down 2 percent from $1.30 for March 2017. The average price per broom for the first three months of 2018 was $1.41, up 16 percent from $1.22 for the first three months of 2017.

– EXPORTS –

Export totals for the first three months of 2018 were up in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to the first three months of 2017.

In March 2018, two categories reported increases, compared to March 2017: brooms and brushes of vegetable material and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 8,252 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during March 2018, up 127 percent from the March 2017 total of 3,635 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first three months of 2018 were 21,169 dozen, down 2 percent from 21,516 dozen for the first three months of 2017.

The United States sent 10,396 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada, during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $36.51 in March 2018, down 6 percent from $38.66 for March 2017. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first three months of 2018 was $34.88, up 24 percent from $28.23 for the first three months of 2017.

 

Toothbrushes

During March 2018, the United States exported 13.5 million toothbrushes, down 6 percent from 14.3 million for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 37.8 million toothbrushes were exported, up 4 percent from 36.2 million exported during the first three months of 2017.

The United States exported 11.3 million toothbrushes to Canada, 8.4 million to Germany and 4.1 million to Hong Kong.

The average price per toothbrush for March 2018 was 56 cents, up 6 percent from 53 cents for March 2017. The average price per toothbrush for the first three months of 2018 was 54 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first three months of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.6 million shaving brushes during March 2018,
the same as for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 4.5 million shaving brushes were exported, up 29 percent from 3.5 million for the first three months of 2017.

During the first three months of 2018, the United States exported 1.4 million shaving brushes to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for March 2018 was $1.27, up 25 percent from $1.02 for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was $1.35, up 3 percent from $1.31 for the first three months of 2017.

Artist Brushes

March 2018 exports of artist brushes totaled 1 million, up 76 percent from 568,033 for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 2.8 million artist brushes were exported, up 40 percent from 2 million for the first three months of 2017.

Canada received 1.9 million artist brushes from the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per artist brush was $5.71 during March 2018, up 2 percent
from the average price for March 2017 of $5.59. For the first three months of
2018, the average price per artist brush was $4.32, up 2 percent from $4.24 for
the first three months of 2017.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during March 2018 was 223,424, down 24 percent from 292,748 for March 2017. During the first three months of 2018, 497,816 paintbrushes were exported, down 16 percent from 593,215 for the first three months of 2017.

Canada imported 255,934 paintbrushes from the United States during the first three months of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for March 2018 was $6.67, up 9 percent from $6.13 for March 2017. The average price for the first three months of 2018 was $7.56, up 18 percent from $6.40 for the first three months of 2017.

 

March 2018

March 2018 Export Chart

 

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Industry News

 

Nexstep Offers MaxiTwist® Microfiber Dust Mops

Diamabrush

Nexstep Commercial Products now offers its new MaxiTwist® Microfiber Dust Mops.
Nexstep said the features of the mops include:

•Surface is fully covered in loop-end microfiber for maximum efficiency;
•100 percent microfiber provides unmatched cleaning performance without treatment;
•Slip-on slot pocket is easy method to secure mop to frame;
•No linting and highly launderable; and,
•Quick-dry synthetic backing fits all standard 5-inch dust mop frames.

Included are Nexstep’s:
No. 94072 24-inch dust mop;
No. 94074 36-inch dust mop;
No. 94076 48-inch dust mop; and the,
No. 94078 60-inch dust mop.


Diamabrush

Nexstep Commercial Products is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar.
For more information, visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.

 



 

Premier Paint Roller Expands Made In USA Products

Premier Paint

Premier Paint Roller Co. LLC, of Richmond Hill, NY, has announced an investment and expansion of its Made in USA products. Premier, a third-generation, family-owned business, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, and is one of the oldest independent paint applicator manufacturers in North America. Premier has been located in New York City since its founding in 1968. The investment includes both machinery and the upgrade of its Queens, N.Y., facility, and represents a long-term commitment to the growth and longevity of the company.

"Premier has been manufacturing high-quality roller covers for decades, and it made complete strategic sense for us to apply that commitment to high-quality paint brushes as well. We have been one of the largest importers of paint brushes for many years, and used this knowledge to identify growth opportunities of various quality-levels of Made in USA brushes," said Kevin Leichter, third-generation and current CEO of Premier. "We are proud to partner with DuPont, which has been extremely supportive of our initial roll-out with paint brush filaments manufactured in its West Virginia facility. It has been great to partner with a large company that supports our quest to grow manufacturing in the United States, especially here at home in New York City. Additionally, as we begin to roll out various products, our customers have also been extremely supportive and eager to commit to domestically made brushes."

Premier Paint Roller's corporate office is located in Richmond Hill, Queens. A new West Coast facility is located in Phoenix, AZ, and the company recently opened a warehouse in Mexico City to assist in its Latin American expansion plans. An office in Shanghai handles quality control and sourcing.

For more information, contact Kevin Leichter at kevin@premierpaintroller.com
or Sari Nathan at sari@premierpaintroller.com.

 



 

ABMA Accepting Nominations For
2019 William A. Cordes Innovation Award

William A. Cordes Award

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is accepting nominations for its William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the broom, brush, mop and roller industry. The award is named for William A. Cordes, who served as the association’s first president from 1917-1928.

ABMA said, “This award serves as a constant reminder that all new and exciting endeavors have beginnings that connect with real people. This award is an annual competition where any interested parties may submit nominations to ABMA during any calendar year for consideration. All nominations must be readily available in the marketplace during the year in which they are to be considered.”

Carlos Petzold, ABMA president, said, “This is a great opportunity for companies to showcase innovative products, components and services to the industry, and to the
larger audience served by customers, users and consumers. It gives the greater
industry a wonderful opportunity to see just how innovative, creative and vibrant
we are as brush makers.”

The 2018 award winner was Gordon Brush's PlateScrape.

Entries for the award will be accepted until November 30. The award presentation will be made during the ABMA Annual Convention March 20-23, 2019, at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. For more information, rules and nomination forms visit: www.abma.org/innovationexcellenceaward.






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