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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For First
Nine Months Of 2017


U.S. government trade figures for the first nine months of 2017 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and broom and mop handles, compared to the first nine months of 2016. For September 2017, three categories reported increases: hog bristle, broom and mop handles, and metal handles, compared to September 2016.


Import totals for the first nine months of 2017 were down in five finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paint rollers, compared to the first nine months of 2016. In September 2017, five categories outlined recorded increases: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to September 2016.

 

– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 91,107 kilograms of hog bristle in September 2017, up significantly from 5,375 kilograms imported in September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 314,411 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 105 percent from 153,338 kilograms imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 307,272 kilograms to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per kilogram for September 2017 was $11.98, down 64 percent from the average price per kilogram for September 2016 of $33.08. The average price per kilogram for the first nine months of 2017 was $19.65, down 15 percent from the average price per kilogram of $23.19 for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during September 2017 was 2 million, up 33 percent from 1.5 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 14.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 8 percent from 13 million for the first nine months of 2016.

During the first nine months of 2017, the United States received 5.8 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 4.5 million from Honduras and 2.2 million from China.

The average price per handle for September 2017 was 82 cents, down 1 cent from the average for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 80 cents, down 10 percent from 89 cents for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Brush Backs

September 2017 imports of brush backs totaled 520,814, down 17 percent from 631,164 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 4.1 million brush backs were imported, down 24 percent from 5.4 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Canada shipped 1.7 million brush backs to the United States during the first nine months of 2017, while Sri Lanka sent 1.6 million.

The average price per brush back was 53 cents during September 2017, up 15 percent from 46 cents for September 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, the average price per brush back was 51 cents, up 11 percent from 46 cents for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during September 2017 was 1.4 million, up 8 percent from 1.3 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 17.1 million metal handles were imported, down 7 percent from 18.3 million for the first nine months of 2016.

During the first nine months of 2017, China exported 7.2 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain sent 5.6 million and Italy shipped 3.7 million.

The average price per handle for September 2017 was $1.08, up 2 percent from $1.06 for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 92 cents, down 2 percent from 94 cents for the first nine months of 2016.

 

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –
Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 452,843 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during September 2017, down 26 percent from 615,087 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 5.3 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 9 percent from 5.8 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per broom for September 2017 was $2.38, down 2 percent from $2.44 for September 2016. The average price per broom for the first nine months of 2017 was also $2.38, down 5 percent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016 of $2.50.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during September 2017 was 173,736, up 3 percent from 168,220 brooms and brushes imported during September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 2.1 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 25 percent from 2.8 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Sri Lanka exported 1.2 million brooms and brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per unit for September 2017 was $1.69, up 63 percent from the average price for September 2016 of $1.04. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was $1.52, up 33 percent from $1.14 for the first nine months of 2016.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 94.7 million toothbrushes in September 2017, up 13 percent from 84 million imported in September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 820.1 million toothbrushes were imported, down less than 1 percent from 821.9 million imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 624.9 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2017 was 20 cents, down 23 percent from 26 cents for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 22 cents, the same as for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Hairbrushes

September 2017 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.4 million, up 2 percent from 4.3 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 38 million hairbrushes were imported, up 13 percent from 33.5 million for the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 37.8 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per hairbrush was 20 cents during September 2017, down 26 percent from 27 cents for September 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 5.3 million shaving brushes in September 2017, down 33 percent from 7.9 million imported in September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 43.7 million shaving brushes were imported, down 27 percent from 59.5 million imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 31.3 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2017 was 15 cents, up 36 percent from the average price for September 2016 of 11 cents. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 14 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during September 2017 was 6.1 million, up 36 percent from 4.5 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 53.4 million paint rollers were imported, down less than 1 percent from 53.5 million during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 44.5 million paint rollers to the United States during the first nine months of 2017, while Cambodia shipped 3.4 million.

The average price per paint roller for September 2017 was 51 cents, down 6 percent from 54 cents for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 46 cents, down 6 percent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016 of 49 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 21.4 million paintbrushes during September 2017, up 16 percent from 18.5 million for September 2016. Paintbrush imports for the first nine months of 2017 were 198.8 million, up 4 percent from 190.9 million for the first nine months of 2016.

China shipped 179.7 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2017 was 30 cents, down 9 percent from 33 cents for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was also 30 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for September 2017 was 1.4 million, down 13 percent from 1.6 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 13 million upright brooms were imported, up 2 percent from 12.7 million imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 11.4 million upright brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per broom for September 2017 was $1.29, up 1 cent from the average price for September 2016. The average price per broom for the first nine months of 2017 was $1.24, down 9 percent from $1.37 for the first nine months of 2016.

– EXPORTS –

Export totals for the first nine months of 2017 were down in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to the first nine months of 2016.

In September 2017, three categories reported decreases, compared to September 2016: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, artist brushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 8,058 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during September 2017, down 2 percent from the September 2016 total of 8,230 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first nine months of 2017 were 71,638 dozen, up 38 percent from 51,957 dozen for the first nine months of 2016.

The United States sent 31,529 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada and 12,806 dozen to Mexico, during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per dozen of brooms and brushes was $38.35 in September 2017, up 13 percent from $33.97 for September 2016. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first nine months of 2017 was $35.92, down 25 percent from $47.95 for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Toothbrushes

During September 2017, the United States exported 12.9 million toothbrushes, up 9 percent from 11.8 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 102.8 million toothbrushes were exported, down 26 percent from 138.4 million exported during the first nine months of 2016.

The United States exported 27.8 million toothbrushes to Canada, 26.7 million to Germany and 15.1 million to Mexico, during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2017 was 46 cents, down 15 percent from 54 cents for September 2016. The average price per toothbrush for the first nine months of 2017 was 56 cents, up 24 percent from 45 cents for the first nine months of 2016.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.3 million shaving brushes during September 2017, up 70 percent from 762,528 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 12.4 million shaving brushes were exported, down 5 percent from 13 million for the first nine months of 2016.

During the first nine months of 2017, the United States exported 6.1 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 2.8 million to Canada and 1.2 million to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2017 was $1.21, down 29 percent from $1.71 for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was $1.10, down 6 percent from $1.17 for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Artist Brushes

September 2017 exports of artist brushes totaled 850,709, down 9 percent from 937,146 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 7.3 million artist brushes were exported, up 4 percent from 7 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Canada received 5.1 million artist brushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per artist brush was $3.67 during September 2017, down 26 percent from the average price for September 2016 of $4.97. For the first nine months of 2017, the average price per artist brush was $3.77, down 10 percent from $4.17 for the first nine months of 2016.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during September 2017 was 147,446, down 49 percent from 291,392 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 1.8 million paintbrushes were exported, down 28 percent from 2.5 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Canada imported 720,459 paintbrushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2017, while the United Kingdom received 509,777.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2017 was $9.12, up 70 percent from $5.35 for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was $6.79, up 26 percent from $5.41 for the first nine months of 2016.

 

 

September 2017

September 2017 Export Chart

 

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Industry News


Zephyr Acquires Little Rock Broom Works 


Zephyr Manufacturing, Sedalia, MO, has acquired the assets of Little Rock Broom Works, also known as Chickasaw Broom, located in Little Rock, AR.

“Little Rock Broom Works had been in business since 1900, and is the seventh oldest manufacturer in Arkansas. Selling mostly to hardware stores and jan/san distributors, Little Rock has a history of manufacturing high quality cleaning products in Arkansas. One of Little Rock’s most well known products, the Airlight corn broom, will continue to be manufactured in Zephyr’s facility in Missouri,” according to a press release.

R.J. Lindstrom, president and CEO of Zephyr Manufacturing said, “The addition of Little Rock’s broad line of deck mops and brooms, including the Airlight, will help strengthen Zephyr’s position in the marketplace as a source for high quality hard floor care products. We will continue our push for ‘Made in America’ as we add Airlight broom production into our Missouri plant.”

For more information visit www.zephyrmfg.com.

 

 


 

AMES Acquires Harper® Brush Works

AMES has announced its acquisition of Harper® Brush Works, (Harper) Fairfield, IA.

Harper manufactures a line of cleaning products including push brooms, mops, buckets and dustpans.

According to a press release from AMES, “Harper is a leader in the push broom category for professional applications with distributions at Lowe’s, The Home Depot, industrial suppliers and other AMES channels. Harper’s manufacturing will complement AMES’ expertise in manufacturing wood-handled tools.”

Harper will continue to operate as a separate business unit. The company said there will be no disruption of Harper’s day-to-day operations.

 

 



Gordon Brush Acquires Assets Of Kirschner Brush


Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., has acquired the assets of Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company, located in Bronx, NY.

Israel Kirschner, president and second generation owner of Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company, is staying as a consultant, and assisting with the transition.

"After more than 58 years, the Kirschner family felt that Gordon Brush was the best fit to continue the family tradition of manufacturing our premium line of American-made brushes, and servicing our long-standing customers," said Kirschner.

Founded in 1957, Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company manufactures paintbrushes for painting indoor and outdoor walls; finishing brushes, designed to apply varnish, lacquer, enamel, and shellac to smooth-surface materials, including sash, fitch, chip, radiator; and custom brushes and accessories for a variety of painting needs.

Ken Rakusin, president/CEO of Gordon Brush said, "The acquisition of Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company makes perfect sense for Gordon Brush for two reasons. First, 50 percent of Gordon Brush's business comes from the manufacture of custom brushes. By adding additional technology, Gordon Brush can now include an entirely new line of custom brushes in its repertoire. In addition, the acquisition of Kirschner Brush complements Gordon Brush’s Redtree Industries line of paintbrushes, primarily for the marine industry. We strive to add synergistic products to our existing offering of products. We have a grand new space, and are focused on acquiring and expanding. Kirschner Brush is a Made in America company at its finest. Demand for Made in the USA has become a vital cog in the wheel of other American businesses and we are proud to be at the forefront of that movement."

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., founded in 1951, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of specialty, custom and standard brushes for industrial and consumer purposes. The company makes the FootMate® System, as well as over 15,000 standard and custom brushes, selling to industries including: janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical.


Visit www.gordonbrush.com for more information.

 



ZAHORANSKY Adds Additional Photovoltaic
300 Megawatt Capacity

“ZAHORANSKY continues to be committed to the supply of sustainable energy – 300 megawatt yearly capacity through additional photovoltaic systems,” according to a company press release.

“After the photovoltaic systems for the production plants in Spain and India, which were installed previously in 2008 and 2013, the manufacturer of injection molds, machines and units (as well as automated solutions) is expanding its sustainable concept for energy supply by a further 200 MWh per year.

“A total of approximately 300 MWh per year will be generated from solar energy that will be used for almost the complete energy consumption. Together with the low energy hall for the production facility in Thüringen, Germany, and the ecological industrial buildings for the plant in Coimbatore, southern India, the traditional company, with its headquarters in the Black Forest in Germany, continues to be consistent in ecological management. This is also in line with the fact that the solar powered generation comes 100 percent from hydro power. ZAHORANSKY thus produces about 2000t less carbon dioxide.”

 

 



Premier Paint Roller Enters Mexican Market

Premier Paint Roller Co. LLC, of Richmond Hill, NY, has opened its first facility outside the United States. Premier, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, is one of the oldest, family-owned paint applicator manufacturers in North America.

“This new, modern facility, will expand Premier’s reach and continue to offer its Latin American customers a full-service, innovative, and quality-driven applicator source. Premier’s expertise in manufacturing paint rollers and paint brushes, combined with in-depth knowledge of importing, will create many advantages for our customers throughout the Americas. In addition to Mexico City, Premier has offices in Portland, OR, Shanghai and New York City,” said the company.

“The Leichters are excited to have Abud Levy (Premier Paint Roller Mexico) and his family join our management team. The two families complement one another in many ways; focused on quality, service and offering a ‘family touch’ to the way we go to market and treat our customers. We are very committed to growing our business on a global level,” said Kevin Leichter, of Premier Paint Roller.

“We are very pleased with the opening in Mexico. The quality and experience of Premier will enable us to satisfy the needs of Mexico, as well as all of the Latin American markets. The Levy family is proud to be a part of this new company, and we are confident that the experience of both families will be a win-win for the customers as well,” said Levy.

The warehouse and office is now open, and has begun shipping product through Mexico.

 




2017 Boucherie Borghi Group Sales Meeting
Borghi Boucherie

The first day — the business session on the market.


Following the last workshop in Izegem, Belgium, in 2015, the third sales meeting of the Boucherie Borghi Group sales team took place in the hills around Bologna, Italy. Three days of meetings, brainstorming and team building were organized to improve and strengthen the collaboration between the various members of the group.

“A day was spent on exchanging information from the market, trends in the brush industry and how the different parts of the world see the direction in which our industry is evolving. This is not necessarily the same for all parts of the world, which makes for interesting discussions and challenges for the Boucherie Borghi Group to come forward with solutions of many different kinds,” according to a press release.

“Of special interest was a presentation from Andrea Lipparini, professor of innovation management at the University of Bologna, who spoke about how the synergy of all the individual ideas of members of a group can be used to push a group ‘from good to great.’”

Following his presentation, a brainstorming session took place under his guidance, where various participants, divided into groups, expressed ideas for improving collaboration and service in the future.

Borghi Boucherie

The second day — brainstorming session.


The Saturday session closed with a team building exercise, The Marshmallow Challenge: Build A Tower, Build A Team. The task was to build the tallest free-standing structure possible from 20 sticks of spaghetti, 3 feet of tape, 3 feet of string and one marshmallow, which needed to be on top — in 30 minutes.

The Marshmallow Challenge taught us that prototyping, intermediate testing and iterating lead to the quickest success. It also shows that success is dependent upon close collaboration between team members,” said a participant of the exercise.

“A visit to the winery of Tenuta Bonzara in the Bolognese hills was enjoyed by all, with good wine, good food and time to enjoy good friendship.”

 




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