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Raw Material Imports, Finished Goods Imports Mixed And Exports Up, For The First Seven Months Of 2022, Compared To The First Seven Months Of 2021

U.S. government trade figures for July 2022 indicated raw material imports were up in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to July 2021. For the first seven months of 2022, raw material imports were up in all four categories outlined, compared to the first seven months of 2021.

Import totals for July 2022 were up in four of the finished goods categories outlined: toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and paint rollers, compared to July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, import totals were also up in four categories outlined: toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and upright brooms, compared to the first seven months of 2021.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 17,575 kilograms of hog bristle in July 2022,
down 2 percent from 17,866 kilograms imported in July 2021. During the first
seven months of 2022, 112,140 kilograms of hog bristle were imported,
up 36 percent from 82,388 kilograms for the first seven months of 2021.

China sent all the hog bristle to the United States during the first seven
months of 2022.

The average price per kilogram for July 2022 was $45.71, down 16 percent
from $54.26 per kilogram for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022,
the average price per kilogram was $35.17, down 30 percent from $50.16 for
the first seven months of 2021.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during July 2022 was 1.5 million,
up 64 percent from 912,616 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 11.2 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 40 percent from 8 million for the first seven months of 2021.

During the first seven months of 2022, the United States received 5.1 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 3.3 million from Brazil and 1.6 million from China.

The average price per handle for July 2022 was 87 cents, up 30 percent
from 67 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per handle was 74 cents, up 9 percent from 68 cents for the first seven months of 2021.


Brush Backs

July 2022 imports of brush backs totaled 848,257, up 216 percent from 268,216 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 3.8 million brush backs were imported, up 46 percent from 2.6 million for the first seven months of 2021.

During the first seven months of 2022, the United States imported 1.2 million from Sri Lanka and 1.1 million from both Indonesia and Canada.

The average price per brush back was 48 cents during July 2022, the same as for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price was 54 cents, up 13 percent from 48 cents for the first seven months of 2021.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during July 2022 was 1.8 million, up 13 percent from 1.6 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 15.9 million metal handles were imported, up 17 percent from 13.6 million for the first seven months of 2021.

During the first seven months of 2022, China sent 9.7 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain exported 3.1 million and Italy shipped 2.9 million.

The average price per handle for July 2022 was $1.18, down 3 percent from $1.22 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per handle was $1.07, up 14 percent from 94 cents for the first seven months of 2021.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 286,989 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during July 2022, down 36 percent from 448,134 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 2.3 million brooms were imported, down 18 percent from 2.8 million for the first seven months of 2021.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per broom for July 2022 was $2.68, up 11 percent from $2.41 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per broom was $2.53, up 12 percent from $2.25 for the first seven months of 2021.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during July 2022 was 179,799, down 34 percent from 270,787 brooms and brushes imported during July 2021. For the first seven months of 2022, 1.3 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 7 percent from 1.4 million for the first seven months of 2021.

During the first seven months of 2022, Sri Lanka exported 500,625 brooms and brushes to the United States, while China sent 274,792.

The average price per unit for July 2022 was $1.59, up 101 percent from 79 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per unit was $1.47, up 31 percent from $1.12 for the first seven months of 2021.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 144.4 million toothbrushes in July 2022, up 43 percent from 101.2 million imported in July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 798.6 million toothbrushes were imported, up 47 percent from 542.5 million for the first seven months of 2021.

China sent 570.5 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per toothbrush for July 2022 was 24 cents, down 11 percent from 27 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents, down 7 percent from 27 cents for the first seven months of 2021.

Hairbrushes

July 2022 imports of hairbrushes totaled 6.5 million, up 51 percent from 4.3 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 43.8 million hairbrushes were imported, up 31 percent from 33.5 million for the first seven months of 2021.

China sent 34 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per hairbrush was 19 cents during July 2022, down 1 cent from the average price for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per hairbrush was also 19 cents, down 14 percent from 22 cents for the first seven months of 2021.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 12.7 million shaving brushes in July 2022, up 61 percent from 7.9 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 59.7 million shaving brushes were imported, up 73 percent from 34.6 million for the first seven months of 2021.

China sent 53.6 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2022 was 6 cents, down 40 percent from 10 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per brush was 9 cents, down 31 percent from 13 cents for the first seven months of 2021.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during July 2022 was 6.8 million, up 21 percent from 5.6 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 52.8 million paint rollers were imported, down 6 percent from 56 million for the first seven months of 2021.

China sent 37.6 million paint rollers to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per paint roller for July 2022 was 48 cents, down 4 percent from 50 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per paint roller was 45 cents, the same as for the average price for the first seven months of 2021.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 20.1 million paintbrushes during July 2022, down 13 percent from 23.2 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 171.9 million paintbrushes were imported, down 17 percent from 206 million for the first seven months of 2021.

China shipped 159.6 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2022 was 37 cents, up 6 percent from 35 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per paintbrush was 34 cents, up 6 percent from 32 cents from the first seven

months of 2021.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for July 2022 was 1.4 million, down 13 percent from 1.6 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 12.5 million upright brooms were imported, up 2 percent from 12.3 million for the first seven months of 2021.

China sent 10 million upright brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per broom for July 2022 was $2.24, up 29 percent from $1.73 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per broom was $1.56, up 10 percent from $1.42 for the first seven months of 2021.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for July 2022 were up in three categories outlined: shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to July 2021. For the first seven months of 2022, export totals were also up in three categories outlined: shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to the first seven months of 2021.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 4,161 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during July 2022, down 41 percent from 7,052 dozen for July 2021. For the first seven months of 2022, 47,813 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 19 percent from 58,716 dozen for the first seven months of 2021.

The United States sent 17,912 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $48.84 in July 2022, up 37 percent from $35.58 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $41.83, up 27 percent from $32.83 per dozen for the first seven months of 2021.

Toothbrushes

During July 2022, the United States exported 5.1 million toothbrushes, down 40 percent from 8.5 million for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 45.9 million toothbrushes were exported, down 18 percent from 55.8 million for the first seven months of 2021.

The United States exported 15.6 million toothbrushes to Canada and
11.3 million to Poland.

The average price per toothbrush for July 2022 was $1.24, up 32 percent from 94 cents for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per brush was $1.02, up 24 percent from 82 cents for the first seven months of 2021.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.8 million shaving brushes during July 2022, up 97 percent from 914,041 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 11.4 million shaving brushes were exported, up 10 percent from 10.4 million for the first seven months of 2021.

During the first seven months of 2022, the United States exported 5.8 million shaving brushes to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2022 was 64 cents, down 50 percent from $1.29 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per shaving brush was 84 cents, down 8 percent from 91 cents for the first seven months of 2021.

Artist Brushes

July 2022 exports of artist brushes totaled 693,705, up 90 percent from 365,118 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 4.3 million artist brushes were exported, up 39 percent from 3.1 million for the first seven months of 2021.

Canada received 2.4 million artist brushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per artist brush was $2.31 during July 2022, down 44 percent from $4.15 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average price per artist brush was $2.90, down 21 percent from $3.69 for the first seven months of 2021.


Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during July 2022 was 330,271, up 117 percent from 152,225 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, 1.8 million paintbrushes were exported, up 20 percent from 1.5 million for the first seven months of 2021.

Canada imported 938,826 paintbrushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2022.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2022 was $5.25, down 42 percent
from $9.12 for July 2021. During the first seven months of 2022, the average
price per paintbrush was $5.92, down 17 percent from $7.13 for the first seven months of 2021.

 

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Speaker Shares Advice:

Seminar


By Harrell Kerkhoff | Broom, Brush & Mop Editor

Kirkham
Tom Kirkham

Cybersecurity is the act of protecting networks, devices and data from unauthorized access or criminal use. It’s also the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, according to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA),
part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

There are many risks today to people and companies alike. Among the dangers
are malware erasing information, an attacker altering files and/or the dreaded ransomware threat. The latter is when an online thief threatens to hold critical data,
or permanently blocks acess to that data, unless a ransom is paid.



National headlines of major companies victimized by cyber attacks are all too common. The threat is also real for smaller companies as well as individuals — and that threat grows with each passing day, according to Tom Kirkham, founder and CEO of IronTech Security (www.irontechsecurity.com), who spoke during a recent ABMA (American Brush Manufacturers Association) Educational Institute webinar.

In his presentation titled, “Five Steps To Protect Your Firm From Catastrophic
Cyber Attacks,” Kirkham reported the following unsettling statistics:

• 60 percent of small businesses that are victims of a cyber attack go out
of business within six months, according to Cybersecurity Ventures;

• Small businesses spend an average of $955,429 to restore normal activities
in the wake of successful attacks, according to SecurityIntelligence.

“Hoping is not a strategy. A cyber breach can cost a company four to
five times the cost of prevention,” Kirkham said.

He shared the following common myths surrounding cybersecurity:

• Myth — Your business is too small. Why would anybody want to attack you?

“There is no such thing as ‘too small.’ You might assume that no hacker would be interested in your company. The simple truth is, the majority of cyber attacks — especially ransomware — is part of an automated process, sent out in volume. A company’s size does not matter,” Kirkham said. “(Hacking) is a serious industry. Tens of thousands of people, from all over the world, work as professional criminal hackers.
They are vertically specialized, and other criminals help them.

“The point is, there is no such thing as ‘too small.’ There is also no such thing as ‘being located in the middle of nowhere.’ It doesn’t matter what business you are in.
If your company is on a specific list, it could receive a phishing email and potentially become a victim. Everybody hears about the big companies getting hacked, but the majority of attacks are directed at small and medium-size businesses as well as individuals using home computers. Hackers don’t care who you are, all they are interested in is making a conversion.”

• Myth — You can’t afford enterprise-grade security.

According to Kirkham, enterprise-grade security is the same type of cyber protection used by U.S. federal agencies and Fortune 10 companies. The security involves best-of-breed policies, procedures and technical controls.

“It’s security that should be looked at today as being part of the cost of doing business,” Kirkham said. “It’s no different than having insurance — and it’s affordable.”

• Myth — Antivirus software is good enough.

Kirkham cautioned companies that rely on purchasing antivirus software in a store to protect their businesses from cyber attacks. In his words, “Antivirus (programs) are not good enough. What is good enough is a different class of products.”

• Myth — Cybersecurity insurance takes care of all problems.

“It’s great to have cybersecurity insurance, but don’t stop there,” Kirkham said. “Like all insurance, it’s the last thing you want to rely on to make your company whole again. For instance, a lot of (cybersecurity) policies don’t pay for loss of productivity.”

• Myth — A company surviving one ransomware attack is safe from another attack happening again.

“If you get hit once, chances are you will get hit again. Your company has been marked by criminals,” Kirkham said. “It’s important to change your defensive
strategies in order to avoid the same vulnerabilities.”

Most importantly, other malicious items, such as “back door” and “keylogger”
devices, could be left behind after an attack. Such devices further compromise
a company’s cybersecurity. That is why it’s important companies thoroughly have
their computer networks examined by Information Security (InfoSec) professionals, making sure future problems don’t come up.

“Every new client of (IronTech Security) that previously experienced a
successful ransomware attack has discovered (other malicious items) leftover
from that attack,” Kirkham said. “Sometimes (those items) will be dormant for
months, if not years. Regardless, it’s critical to get the network immediately
checked out after the initial attack.”

• Myth — Cybersecurity is an IT issue.

There is a big difference between Information Security (InfoSec) and Information Technology (IT), according to Kirkham.

“It’s been my experience that roughly 90 percent of people who work in IT don’t have the skill set and experience to properly put into place enterprise best-of-breed cybersecurity defenses,” Kirkham said. “A company’s investment in IT involves an operational managerial decision. IT positively affects the bottom line each day. That is why company’s invest in IT, to increase productivity and efficency, while lowering production costs.

“InfoSec, on the other hand, is all about security. That is its only job. It doesn’t positively impact the PNL (profit and loss) every day. It’s in the same category as a company’s electricity bill and insurance expenses.”

Kirkham added a strategic leadership decision must take place to properly protect a company from loss of funds and/or productivity, brought about by a cyber attack.

“If companies manage their cybersecurity unprofessionally, they will get hacked professionally,” he said. “The majority of today’s hackers are criminals.”

 

5 BEST PRACTICES

In June 2021, a letter from The White House written by Anne Neuberger, deputy assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, was sent to many U.S. corporate executives and business leaders.

The subject was: “What we urge you to do to protect against the treat of ransomware.”
Among Neuberger’s recommendations, highlighted by Kirkham, are the following
“Five Best Practices.”

1.) Deploy EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response).

“Remember to replace your antivirus software with an EDR,” Kirkham said.
EDR refers to cybersecurity technology that monitors an “endpoint” — such as a mobile phone, laptop and desktop — to mitigate malicious cyber threats.

“If you buy (an antivirus) program ‘off the shelf,’ it is not ‘best-of-breed.’ It probably uses virus signature files to see if anything running on a computer is a virus. That is 40-year-old technology. The game has changed. There are offensive military-grade cyber weapons being used against us from all over the world, each and every single day. It’s important to have something stronger for defense. That is an EDR,” Kirkham said. “EDR uses AI (artificial intelligence). It learns and knows, in real time, what is happening with your computer. It learns new story lines. It uses neural nets (computing systems), which involve computer and user behavior, allowing (an EDR) to predict, attack and stop a threat. That is different technology than virus signature detection systems, which I feel are inadequate.”

He added a good EDR function involves an intrusion detection system. It also functions as an intrusion protection system.

“An EDR requires skilled experts to install, configure, monitor and respond. It’s more complicated than an antivirus system,” Kirkham said. “It goes back to the importance of working with a skilled cyber scurity team.

“According to Neuberger, it’s important companies have an EDR to hunt for malicious activity on a network and then block that activity. That is what EDRs do. They receive, kill and mitigate a threat within milliseconds, while alerting an InfoSec team to investigate and examine the network for other malicious things. You have to have an EDR. In fact, (IronTech Security) will not accept a new client that does not have an EDR on its network.”

2.) Use MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication).

MFA is an authentication method that requires a user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource, such as a website, application and/or account. MFA is a core component of a strong Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy. MFAs provide a second verification method, and can often be turned on through a security setting.

“Neuberger stressed in her letter that companies should turn on MFAs wherever possible, especially for remote access,” Kirkham said.

He also warned against the use of personal/home computers to conduct company business, such as via remote access.

“Once you connect your personal computer to gain access to company work,
it becomes part of your company’s network. Does your personal computer have
the right protection? Probably not,”
Kirkham said. “Only use company-owned equipment when working.”

3.) Use disk storage encryption.

Disk encryption is a technology that protects information by converting it into unreadable code, making it hard for hackers to decipher.

According to Kirkham, it’s important servers, desktops and portable devices — including phones, laptops and tablets — are encrypted.

“One reason to use disk encryption is to protect your company after a server or computer is replaced. The same is true if a phone or laptop gets stolen,” he said. “Often, all a criminal has to do is pull a disc drive out of a server, desktop or laptop, and connect it to a USB port. That is one way data is harvested and sold for profit.

“The best part of disk encryption is you don’t need an InfoSec specialist to turn it on. It’s built into many operating systems, and has been for decades. Basically, if data is stolen, with encryption, that data is unuseable.”

Kirkham added there is a large market comprised of people seeking used electronics so they can mine for data.

“If you responsibly recycle your servers, computers and other devices, make sure a firm is used that documents those items have properly been destroyed. They must also have the right equipment to accomplish such a task,” he said. “The firm will send you a certified copy showing the serial number, make and model of the equipment that was destroyed. Not all recycling firms will take such steps.”

4). Use continuous defense improvements.

The cybersecurity threat landscape changes every day, in some form or another.
“You have to respond and adjust defenses as needed. Sometimes it’s as simple as installing software updates as soon as they become available,” Kirkham said. “Don’t wait to make those updates.”

He added there are a variety of resources that provide a plethora of information on how to keep safe from cybersecurity threats. They include Dark Reading (darkreading.com), Krebs on Security (krebsonsecurity.com), and Kirkham’s own company, IronTech Security (www.irontechsecurity.com).

Federal agencies, such as the CISA and FBI, also have many resources that are available to the public.

5). Use a skilled security team.

According to Kirkham, Neuberger’s letter from The White House stressed the importance of companies to implement 24/7 monitoring, investigating and responding capabilities to fight cybersecurity. He said such work should be properly orchestrated.
Kirkham recommended companies work with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) to alleviate such problems as malware and customer data breaches.

“MSSPs have their own teams, own command centers and are constantly
monitoring. What most people don’t realize is MSSPs are also backed by
other security operation centers, staffed with InfoSec professionals,” Kirkham said. “MSSPs are literally backed by hundreds of experts, from around the world, to
analyze threats and investigate anomalies.”

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

Other cybersecurity steps businesses can take include the use of password managers and to properly secure and manage their websites.

“The learning curve (using a password manager program) can be a little difficult.
It may take a week or so to get used to one, but it’s well worth it in the long run,” Kirkham said. “In about a month, you will say, ‘I don’t know how I ever lived
without one.’

“Also, don’t forget about your website. There has been a tendency, over the years,
for companies to go on the cheap when it comes to website hosting services.
Unfortunately, many websites today are not properly updated and professionally managed to protect against downtime or denial-of-service attack. I highly
recommend using a professionally-managed secure website hosting service.”


 

Industry News

 

ABMA 2023 Innovation Excellence Award

 

Innovation


The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) invites companies to
enter new products for consideration for the The ABMA William A. Cordes
Innovation Excellence Award.

The award is given to recognize outstanding innovation in any manufactured
product, component or service in the brush industry in any given year.

Submitted entries will be showcased during the ABMA annual convention,
March 22-25 in Coronado, CA.

Deadline for entries for the 2023 award is November 30, 2022.

Details and forms can be found on the ABMA website, www.abma.org.

 






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