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Imports, Exports Down For The First Five Months Of 2020, Compared To The First Five Months Of 2019


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


Import totals for May 2020 were down in six of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, import totals were down in seven categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first five months of 2019.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 20,193 kilograms of hog bristle in May 2020,
up 205 percent from 6,630 kilograms­ imported in May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 74,115 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 6 percent from 79,260 kilograms for the first five months of 2019.

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

The average price per kilogram for May 2020 was $26.38, down 38 percent from the average price per kilogram for May 2019 of $42.25. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per kilogram was $20.24, down 48 percent from $38.80 for the first five months of 2019.


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during May 2020 was 944,795, down 50 percent from 1.9 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 4.8 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 38 percent from 7.7 million for the first five months of 2019.

During the first five months of 2020, the United States received 2 million broom
and mop handles from Honduras and 1.6 million from Brazil.

The average price per handle for May 2020 was 89 cents, up 19 percent from
75 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per handle was 78 cents, up 7 percent from 73 cents for the first five months of 2019.


Brush Backs

May 2020 imports of brush backs totaled 161,010, up 25 percent from 128,695 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 1.1 million brush backs were imported, down 42 percent from 1.9 million for the first five months of 2019.

Indonesia shipped 456,846 brush backs to the United States during the first five months 2020, while Sri Lanka sent 362,763 and Canada exported 312,499.

The average price per brush back was 49 cents during May 2020, down 32 percent from 72 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price was 53 cents, up 4 percent from 51 cents for the first five months of 2019.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during May 2020 was 1.9 million, up
36 percent from 1.4 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020,
6.9 million metal handles were imported, up 11 percent from 6.2 million for the
first five months of 2019.

During the first five months of 2020, China sent 2.8 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy exported 2.2 million and Spain sent 1.4 million.

The average price per handle for May 2020 was 86 cents, down 25 percent from $1.15 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per handle was 91 cents, down 25 percent from $1.22 for the first five months of 2019.



– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 480,998 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during May 2020, down 15 percent from 565,928 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 2.2 million brooms were imported, down 12 percent from 2.5 million for the first five months of 2019.

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

The average price per broom for May 2020 was $2.21, down 6 percent from $2.34 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per broom was $2.31, down 2 percent from $2.35 for the first five months of 2019.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during May 2020 was 111,941, down 74 percent from 422,668 brooms and brushes imported during May 2019. For the first five months of 2020, 735,987 brooms and brushes were imported, down 67 percent from 2.2 million for the first five months of 2019.

During the first five months of 2020, Sri Lanka exported 319,368 brooms and brushes to the United States, while China sent 161,444 brooms and brushes.

The average price per unit for May 2020 was $1.04, up 100 percent from 52 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per unit was $1.13, up 69 percent from 67 cents for the first five months of 2019.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 108.4 million toothbrushes in May 2020, up
2 percent from 106.7 million imported in May 2019. During the first five months
of 2020, 409.8 million toothbrushes were imported, down 17 percent from 492.7 million for the first five months of 2019.

China sent 290 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for May 2020 was 21 cents, down 13 percent from 24 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents, the same as the average price for the first five months of 2019.

Hairbrushes

May 2020 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.9 million, down 36 percent from 6.1 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 15.7 million hairbrushes were imported, down 30 percent from 22.5 million for the first five months of 2019.

China sent 15.5 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first
five months of 2020.

The average price per hairbrush was 24 cents during May 2020, up 14 percent from 21 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first five months of 2019.


Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.6 million shaving brushes in May 2020,
up 48 percent from 3.1 million imported in May 2019. During the first five months
of 2020, 28.8 million shaving brushes were imported, up 23 percent from 23.4 million for first five months of 2019.

China sent 21.8 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per shaving brush for May 2020 was 12 cents, down
37 percent from 19 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per brush was 9 cents, down 31 percent from 13 cents for the first five months of 2019.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during May 2020 was 6.1 million, down 16 percent from 7.3 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 28.1 million paint rollers were imported, down 7 percent from 30.2 million for the first five months of 2019.

China sent 20.7 million paint rollers to the United States during the first five
months of 2020.

The average price per paint roller for May 2020 was 50 cents, up 11 percent
from 45 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average
price per paint roller was 45 cents, down 6 percent from 48 cents for the first five months of 2019.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 24.5 million paintbrushes during May 2020, down
10 percent from 27.3 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 96.5 million paintbrushes were imported, down 18 percent from 117.4 million for
the first five months of 2019.

China shipped 89.2 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per paintbrush for May 2020 was 32 cents, up 10 percent from 29 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per paintbrush was also 32 cents, up 14 percent from 28 cents for the first five months of 2019.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for May 2020 was 1.3 million, down 41 percent from 2.2 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 7.3 million upright brooms were imported, down 23 percent from 9.5 million for the first five months of 2019.

China sent 6.7 million upright brooms to the United States during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per broom for May 2020 was $1.27, down 2 percent from $1.29 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per broom was $1.22, down 21 percent from $1.54 for the first five months of 2019.

 


– EXPORTS –

Export totals for May 2020 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to May 2019. For the first five months of 2020, export totals were down in all five categories outlined, compared to the first five months of 2019.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 2,992 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during May 2020, down 34 percent from 4,515 dozen for May 2019.
For the first five months of 2020, 25,318 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 23 percent from 32,798 dozen for the first five months of 2019.

The United States sent 13,825 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $48.83 in May 2020,
up 31 percent from $37.35 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020,
the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $40.08, up 9 percent from $36.93 per dozen for the first five months of 2019.

 

Toothbrushes

During May 2020, the United States exported 6.7 million toothbrushes, down
50 percent from 13.5 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 51.7 million toothbrushes were exported, down 28 percent from 71.6 million for
the first five months of 2019.

The United States exported 15.5 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for May 2020 was 71 cents, up 31 percent from 54 cents for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per brush was 73 cents, up 46 percent from 50 cents for the first five months of 2019.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 713,264 shaving brushes during May 2020,
down 49 percent from 1.4 million for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 5.9 million shaving brushes were exported, down 3 percent from 6.1 million for the first five months of 2019.

During the first five months of 2020, the United States exported 2.9 million
shaving brushes to Mexico and 1.1 million to Canada.

The average price per shaving brush for May 2020 was $1.31, up 6 percent
from $1.24 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average
price per shaving brush was $1.06, down 15 percent from $1.25 for the first five months of 2019.

Artist Brushes

May 2020 exports of artist brushes totaled 620,251, up 12 percent from 555,750 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 3.2 million artist brushes were exported, down 6 percent from 3.4 million for the first five months of 2019.

Canada received 2.3 million artist brushes from the United States during the first five months of 2020.

The average price per artist brush was $2.41 during May 2020, down 49
percent from $4.68 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the
average price per artist brush was $3.16, down 16 percent from $3.78 for the
first five months of 2019.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during May 2020 was 138,757, down
11 percent from 155,140 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, 712,765 paintbrushes were exported, down 29 percent from 1 million for the
first five months of 2019.

Canada imported 320,907 paintbrushes from the United States during the first
five months of 2020.

The average price per paintbrush for May 2020 was $6.56, down 19 percent from $8.13 for May 2019. During the first five months of 2020, the average price per paintbrush was $7.38, up 28 percent from $5.76 for the first five months of 2019.

 

May 2020

May 2020 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics

 



Industry News



Jones Family Of Companies Adds To Operations Team


“Jones Family of Companies is continuing to rethink its organization as it plans and executes growth initiatives while operating in a very challenging business environment. With the recent addition of Brian Trent as the new director of supply chain and Leonardo Franzinetti as a new business analyst and IT resource, Jones is looking to finish out 2020 on a strong note and complement its current operations team with exciting talent,” according to a press release.

 

 

 

Brian Trent

Brian Trent
Director of Supply Chain



 

 

 

With more than two decades of experience
in the packaging and supply industry, Brian Trent has been named director of supply chain. Trent graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, and started his textile career at Milliken. Before coming to Jones, Trent most recently served as the director of purchasing at InVue Security Products, where he increased productivity and developed new ways to manage and improve his team’s efficiency. Trent is a recipient of the Legrand Summit Award and a four-time winner of the Legrand New Heights Award, recognizing his leadership and lasting contributions to the industry.

 

 

 

“We needed Brian’s broad base of experience to address all key facets of our supply chain operation,” said CP Davis, president and CEO of Jones. “Brian’s strong industry background and technical know-how will make him an invaluable asset. We want to leverage his world-class expertise ‘end to end’ from procurement, demand planning and forecasting, to scheduling and customer service. Our singular goal is to significantly enhance our
service to our customers, while driving greater efficiencies within our plant operations."

 

Leonardo (Leo) Franzinetti comes to Jones
after recently graduating from Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in
applied mathematics, and a minor in computer
and information science. Franzinetti has
participated in two separate internships, a student research position at VMI in the
summer of his sophomore year, and the following summer at the city of Virginia Beach Information Technology, where he worked
as a data scientist.

Brian Trent

Leo Franzinetti

Business Analyst And Information Technology Resource


“With offices in Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, and Humboldt, TN, and production facilities in Morristown, TN, Humboldt, TN, and North Las Vegas, NV, Jones was founded in 1936 as a provider of sustainable yarn solutions, primarily for the floor care industry. Today, Jones Nonwovens' business includes engineered non-woven products spanning multiple markets such as sleep, furniture, cold chain and protective packaging, and acoustics, as well as floor care. Additionally, Jones provides value-added services to clients such as warehousing, packaging, and distribution. For more than 80 years, Jones has been dedicated to its original mission of introducing new product innovations, responsible manufacturing, and building strong customer and supplier relationships that leave a lasting impression.”

For more information, visit jonesyarn.com.



 

 

Annual Broom, Brush and Mop Meeting Cancelled


The 2020 National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting has been cancelled,
due to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement was recently made by the meeting’s co-chairmen Andrew Dailey,
of the Jones Family of Companies, Humboldt, TN; and Joel Hastings, of Nexstep Commercial Products, Paxton, IL.

The annual event, traditionally held in November, has taken place the past several
years in St. Louis, MO, and is expected to resume in 2021.





Z.RAY From ZAHORANSKY
Precise And Hygienic Manufacture
Of Wooden Toothbrushes


“Oral hygiene starts with a clean toothbrush. This is especially true when it comes to
the increasingly popular versions made from the renewable raw material — wood, such as maple, bamboo, birch, hornbeam and teak. With the new Z.RAY, ZAHORANSKY is introducing the next logical development for the hygienic manufacture of such wooden toothbrushes. Thanks to a separate drill unit with attached suction unit, more than
800 holes per minute can be drilled within a protective shield. The resulting wood dust is automatically extracted. This means that up to 35 handles can be produced every minute," according to the company.

The Z.RAY is compatible with machines from the Z.SHARK and Z.ORCA ranges.

Z.Ray


“For many people, wooden toothbrushes are an ecologically sensible alternative
to the conventional plastic versions. As a result, the demand for this former niche
product is steadily increasing worldwide. The new Z.RAY fully satisfies manufacturer’s requirements for customized models in large volumes. Different hole patterns, with
diameters from 1.0 to 3.0 mm and depths of 2.5 to 3.8 mm, can be used. The Z.RAY is
also flexible when it comes to feeding in the previously treated wooden handles; this
can be done either manually or automatically."

For more information, visit zahoransky.com.





Gordon Brush Receives Letter Of Commendation
From United States Army


The United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) has commended Gordon Brush for the development of a “Chamber Brush” that cleans the main gun on the Abrams Tank, saving the army $1.5 billion, according to a press release.

The Army’s Director of Operations and Security Assistance, Integrated Logistic Support Center-TACOM said, “TACOM would like to express our sincere gratitude for your excellent work in supporting our warfighters in their efforts in the Middle East. Your efforts have a positive impact in our fight for a democracy in the Middle East, and the safe return of our warfighters. Again, thank you for your tremendous support to the United States Army.”

“I am truly honored to receive this commendation from the United States Army,” said Ken Rakusin, president/CEO of Gordon Brush.“Gordon Brush is a Proud To Be An American Manufacturer™, and to support our brave soldiers fighting for freedom, justice, and democracy on the world stage.

“Our American-made products give us the ability to display our patriotism and pride and to create feelings of goodwill when our customers receive American-made items.”

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., an ISO 9001: 2015 certified company. Founded in 1951, Gordon Brush® includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897. The company consists of 12 brands that operate out of its 250,000 square foot manufacturing facilities in Mississippi and California. Gordon Brush manufactures over 17,000 different types of stock and custom brushes with over 3,500 ready for same-day shipment.

For more information, visit info@gordonbrush.com.

Company President and CEO Ken Rakusin was presented with a special Congressional Recognition Award for his commitment to American manufacturing from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and local Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. Rakusin was also the recipient of the 2019 Patriot Award from MadeInAmerica.com and honored as an American Made Hero by AmericanMadeHeroes.com.

 





India Brush Expo Scheduled


India Brush Expo 2021 – India’s only B2B event for brush manufacturing
machinery and finished brushes – will be held April 14-16, 2021, at the
CIDO Exhibition Center in Mumbai, India.

 




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