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

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

 

– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle
The United States imported 27,949 kilograms of hog bristle in June 2017, up 168 percent from 10,444 kilograms imported in June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 169,645 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 47 percent from 115,093 kilograms imported during the first half of 2016.

China sent 162,881 kilograms to the United States during the first half of 2017.

The average price per kilogram for June 2017 was $33.77, up 71 percent from the average price per kilogram for June 2016 of $19.80. The average price per kilogram for the first half of 2017 was $24.37, up 17 percent from the average price per kilogram of $20.86 for the first half of 2016.

 

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during June 2017 was 1.4 million, down 13 percent from 1.6 million for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 7.6 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 15 percent from 6.6 million for the first half of 2016.

During the first half of 2017, the United States received 3.5 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 2.9 million from Honduras and 1.5 million from China.

The average price per handle for June 2017 was 81 cents, down 11 percent from the average for June 2016 of 91 cents. The average price for the first half of 2017 was 82 cents, down 12 percent from 93 cents for the first half of 2016.

 

 

Brush Backs

June 2017 imports of brush backs totaled 623,174, up 33 percent from 467,128 for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 2.8 million brush backs were imported, down 22 percent from 3.6 million for the first half of 2016.

Sri Lanka shipped 1.2 million brush backs to the United States during the first half of 2017, while Canada sent 1.1 million.

The average price per brush back was 41 cents during June 2017, down 7 percent from 44 cents for June 2016. For the first half of 2017, the average price per brush back was 51 cents, up 13 percent from 45 cents for the first half of 2016.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during June 2017 was 2.6 million, up 53 percent from 1.7 million for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 12.8 million metal handles were imported, down 9 percent from 14 million for the first half of 2016.

During the first half of 2017, China exported 5 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain sent 4.7 million and Italy shipped 2.6 million.

The average price per handle for June 2017 was 73 cents, down 28 percent from $1.02 for June 2016. The average price for the first half of 2017 was 86 cents, down 7 percent from 92 cents for the first half of 2016.

 

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –

Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 732,281 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during June 2017, up 3 percent from 707,918 for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 3.6 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 3 percent from 3.7 million for the first half of 2016.

Mexico shipped nearly all of the brooms to the United States during the first half of 2017.

The average price per broom for June 2017 was $2.47, down 1 percent from $2.50 for June 2016. The average price per broom for the first half of 2017 was $2.38, down 6 percent from the average price for the first half of 2016 of $2.53.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during June 2017 was 329,513, up 7 percent from 308,648 brooms and brushes imported during June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 1.5 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 29 percent from 2.1 million for the first half of 2016.

Sri Lanka exported 870,879 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first half of 2017, while Vietnam sent 154,882.

The average price per unit for June 2017 was $1.21, up 10 percent from the average price for June 2016 of $1.10. The average price for the first half of 2017 was $1.46, up 30 percent from $1.12 for the first half of 2016.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 99.8 million toothbrushes in June 2017, up 19 percent from 83.8 million imported in June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 542.8 million toothbrushes were imported, down 2 percent from 556.2 million imported during the first half of 2016.

China sent 417.6 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first half of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for June 2017 was 22 cents, the same as for June 2016. The average price for the first half of 2017 was also 22 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first half of 2016.

 

Hairbrushes

June 2017 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.8 million, up 33 percent from 3.6 million for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 24.5 million hairbrushes were imported, up 14 percent from 21.4 million for the first half of 2016.

China sent 24.4 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first half of 2017.

The average price per hairbrush was 27 cents during June 2017, up 13 percent from 24 cents for June 2016. For the first half of 2017, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first half of 2016.

 

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 3 million shaving brushes in June 2017, down 46 percent from 5.6 million imported in June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 28 million shaving brushes were imported, down 25 percent from 37.5 million imported during the first half of 2016.

China sent 20.6 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first half of 2017, while South Korea shipped 3.9 million and Italy exported 1.5 million.

The average price per shaving brush for June 2017 was 20 cents, up 100 percent from the average price for June 2016 of 10 cents. The average price for the first half of 2017 was 15 cents, the same as for the first half of 2016.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during June 2017 was 5.9 million, down 9 percent from 6.5 million for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 34.9 million paint rollers were imported, down 8 percent from 38 million during the first half of 2016.

China sent 29 million paint rollers to the United States during the first half of 2017. Meanwhile Cambodia shipped 2.3 million, Mexico exported 2.1 million and the Czech Republic sent 1.1 million.

The average price per paint roller for June 2017 was 49 cents, down 8 percent from 53 cents for June 2016. The average price for the first half of 2017 was 43 cents, down 12 percent from the average price for the first half of 2016 of 49 cents.

 

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Paintbrushes
U.S. companies imported 25.5 million paintbrushes during June 2017, up 5 percent from 24.4 million for June 2016. Paintbrush imports for the first half of 2017 were 132.7 million, up 3 percent from 129.2 million for the first half of 2016.

China shipped 120 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first half of 2017, while Indonesia sent 10.6 million.

The average price per paintbrush for June 2017 was 27 cents, down 7 percent from the average price for June 2016 of 29 cents. The average price for the first half of 2017 was 29 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first half of 2016.

 

Upright Brooms
The total import of upright brooms for June 2017 was 1.6 million, up 67 percent from 959,753 for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 8.2 million upright brooms were imported, down 5 percent from 8.6 million imported during the first half of 2016.

China sent 7.2 million upright brooms to the United States during the first half of 2017.

The average price per broom for June 2017 was $1.11, down 30 percent from the average price for June 2016 of $1.59. The average price per broom for the first half of 2017 was $1.22, down 10 percent from $1.35 for the first half of 2016.

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


In June 2017, the same three categories also reported decreases, compared to June 2016.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials
The United States exported 9,885 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during June 2017, up 69 percent from the June 2016 total of 5,848 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first half of 2017 were 49,528 dozen, up 40 percent from 35,495 dozen for the first half of 2016.

The United States sent 20,537 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada and 11,631 dozen to Mexico, during the first half of 2017.

The average price per dozen of brooms and brushes was $29.93 in June 2017, down 31 percent from $43.47 for June 2016. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first half of 2017 was $31.52, down 37 percent from $50.33 for the first half of 2016.

 

Toothbrushes
During June 2017, the United States exported 10.4 million toothbrushes, down 24 percent from 13.6 million for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 71 million toothbrushes were exported, down 30 percent from 101.6 million exported during the first half of 2016.

The United States exported 19.6 million toothbrushes to Germany, 17.1 million to Canada and 11.6 million to Mexico, during the first half of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for June 2017 was 60 cents, up 13 percent from 53 cents for June 2016. The average price per toothbrush for the first half of 2017 was 56 cents, up 30 percent from 43 cents for the first half of 2016.

Shaving Brushes
The United States exported 906,860 shaving brushes during June 2017, down 62 percent from 2.4 million for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 8.3 million shaving brushes were exported, down 10 percent from 9.2 million for the first half of 2016.

During the first half of 2017, the United States exported 4.7 million shaving brushes to Brazil and 1.7 million to Canada.

The average price per shaving brush for June 2017 was $1.43, up 91 percent from 75 cents for June 2016. The average price for the first half of 2017 was $1.11, down 4 percent from $1.16 for the first half of 2016.

 

Artist Brushes
June 2017 exports of artist brushes totaled 1.4 million, up 73 percent from 810,774 for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 4.8 million artist brushes were exported, up 2 percent from 4.7 million for the first half of 2016.

Canada received 3.3 million artist brushes from the United States during the first half of 2017, while South Korea imported 764,271.

The average price per artist brush was $2.59 during June 2017, down 34 percent from the average price for June 2016 of $3.90. For the first half of 2017, the average price per artist brush was $3.86, up 8 percent from $3.59 for the first half of 2016.

 

Paintbrushes
The export total of paintbrushes during June 2017 was 165,349, down 56 percent from 374,130 for June 2016. During the first half of 2017, 1.2 million paintbrushes were exported, down 33 percent from 1.8 million for the first half of 2016.

Canada imported 505,062 paintbrushes from the United States during the first half of 2017, while the United Kingdom received 342,960.

The average price per paintbrush for June 2017 was $7.14, up 42 percent from $5.02 for June 2016. The average price for the first half of 2017 was $6.54, up 30 percent from $5.02 for the first half of 2016.

 

June 2017

June 2017 Export Chart

 

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Industry News

 


Zahoransky USA Announces Changes
In Management And Service


Zahoransky USA, Inc.

 

Zahoransky USA Inc., (ZUSA) has made the following changes in management and service:

• Steve Bellocchio has been promoted to vice president of sales and service.
He is responsible for all brush and broom industry sales within in United States and Canada.
Bellocchio is also responsible for the ZUSA service team;

• Eva Rotolo has been promoted to chief administrative officer.
Rotolo is responsible for all administrative tasks related to the business as well as spare parts,
which she had been managing over for the past two years;

• Dennis Schelb is the new service technician at ZUSA.
He has relocated from Germany, and has been building and servicing machinery at
Zahoransky for over 10 years. The company said Schelb is well versed in Zahoransky
machinery, both electrically and mechanically; and,

• Alan Trojanowski has been named the product sales manager, regarding molds.

Visit www.zahoransky.com for more information.


 



Gordon Brush Has Re-Engineered Website
Featuring Multi-Dynamic Faceted Navigation

 

Gordon Brush



“Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., of City of Industry, CA, has re-engineered its website, www.gordonbrush.com, to a more modern version with a state-of-the-art, user-friendly interface,” according to a company press release.

“The upgraded website provides a new navigation tool, a compare feature and a hyperlink to the catalog page. The website also features an updated e-commerce platform for an easy, secure, fast, safe and reliable checkout.”

Gordon Brush President & CEO Ken Rakusin said, “What makes the new site world-class is our Multi-Dynamic Faceted Navigation search engine, powered by ‘Wizardry.’ Users search in many different ways. It can be difficult for customers to precisely describe a brush they might need. With our new navigation, a customer can fast and easily find the brush he/she needs, both pictorially and textually.”

He added that faceted navigation addresses the need to browse large sets of products, quickly and intuitively.

“In a faceted system, any combination and order of values is possible. The new dynamic, reductive logic enables our customers to find the exact brushes that they need,” Rakusin said. “The website also enables users to perform the equivalent of a sophisticated Boolean query, by taking a series of small, simple steps almost instantaneously.”

 


 



Nexstep Again Names Nancy Pailes Top Performer
For First Half 2017

 

Nexstep

Pictured left is Jamie Daugherty-Weaver, Nexstep director of marketing, with Nancy Pailes.


Nexstep Commercial Products has announced that Nancy Pailes is the company’s top performer for the first half of 2017. She acquired 3 new accounts from January to June.

Pailes is the owner of Modern Sales Company, which was founded in 1975 by her father, Larry Flury.
She started with the company after graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1983. Modern
Sales Company has represented Nexstep Commercial Products since April 2013. Today, Pailes runs the business along with her brother, Charlie Flury. This is the second time she has been named Nexstep’s
Top Performer.

“Over the years, Modern Sales has developed long-lasting relationships with its distributor network in the Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan markets,” said Nexstep.

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









Malish To Showcase Sonic Scrub Extended Product
Line With 3 New Options At ISSA 2017

 

Malish

 

The Malish Corporation is adding to its Sonic Scrub line of brushes.

Terry Kukla, director of distributor sales, said, "Malish customers have requested more options to incorporate Sonic Scrub technology into their every day janitorial operations.”

Sonic Scrub Mal-Grit Scrub (green), which was initially available only in the 20-inch by 14-inch size, will now also be available in a larger 28-inch by 14-inch size, which will provide users with more versatility and the ability to use the product on larger ride-on machines.

Malish is also introducing two new 28-inch by 14-inch sized Sonic Scrub products, Sonic Scrub Clean-Grit (blue) and Sonic Scrub Mal-Grit (black).

"In addition to our new Sonic Scrub offerings, we are also expanding our line of grill brushes with the introduction of our Horseshoe Grill Brush," Kukla said.

"The lightweight metal handle provides users with a long handle that is safe to use. Three different brush heads are available: flat wire, round wire and stainless steel."

Dave Sternad, regional sales manager - Foodservice Division, said, "We are dedicated to adding quality new products to our line of grill and pizza oven brushes, and the new Horseshoe Grill Brush is a great example of that."

Visit Malish online at www.malish.com.

 







From Draper Knitting:
U.S. FDA Has Determined Celliant® Products Meet Criteria To Be Categorized As Medical Devices And General Wellness Products

 

Draper

 

A press release from Draper Knitting stated, “The United States Food and Drug Administration
(U.S. FDA) has determined that products containing Celliant® meet the criteria for medical devices
and general wellness products, and will be categorized as such.”

Draper Knitting is the parent company of Draper Therapies, an ecommerce-based store focused on
selling equine, canine and human body therapy products.

“All of Draper Therapies’ products contain Celliant, a smart fiber clinically proven to: increase energy, which penetrates into the muscle and tissue to promote a temporary increase in local blood flow; better/more endurance; faster/quicker recovery; enhanced/increased performance; increased/enhanced speed; improved/increased strength; increased/more stamina; recycled human energy; and promotes restful sleep and added comfort.”

After 11 years of producing and working with Celliant fabrics, Draper Knitting President Kristin Draper said she wasn’t surprised with the U.S. FDA announcement.

“When I was first introduced to Celliant, I was a skeptic, too,” Draper said, “but after seeing the remarkable way it reduced inflammation in my family, I knew this was a winner. We have been working with Hologenix LLC, the company responsible for inventing Celliant, since the beginning. It continues to amaze me — the very human testimonials about how products made with Celliant are making lives better.”

Celliant products will be regulated as both medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and are also “general wellness products.”

The FDA has defined a general wellness product as one that has (1) an intended use that relates to maintaining or encouraging a general state of health or a healthy activity, or (2) an intended use that relates the role of a healthy lifestyle with helping to reduce the risk or impact of certain chronic diseases
or conditions, and where it is well understood and accepted that healthy lifestyle choices may play an important role in health outcomes for the disease or condition.

Draper Therapies Product Manager Becky Shipps said, “FDA approval is incredibly important. It will encourage people to try our products, and generate interest in responsive textiles in general. I am excited for the future of both Draper Therapies and Celliant.”

Draper Knitting offers a full line of fabrics made with Celliant.

Visit www.drapertherapies.com for more information.

 







Weiler Expands Mini Flap Disc Offerings,

Increases Product Life

 

Malish

Weiler Abrasives Group, a provider of abrasives, power brushes and maintenance products for surface conditioning, has expanded its Tiger® BobCat mini flap disc offering, along with making design improvements to enhance performance and extend product life.

“The enhanced design of the Tiger BobCat mini flap discs offers one and one-half times greater life compared to the original BobCat flap discs, lowering the total cost of use,” said the company.


Tiger BobCat mini flap discs are recommended for grinding and finishing jobs in hard-to-reach areas, and for weld blending or edge chamfering in metal fabrication.

“When the application calls for aggressive grinding, these flap discs are designed to shed cloth and expose new grain, delivering a consistent, aggressive cut rate. They remove three times more material over the life of the disc than a comparable blending disc, and operate best on steel, stainless steel, structural steel and cast iron.”

The expanded Tiger BobCat family of products now features a threaded button “R” mount as well as the current threaded arbor “S” mount, to fit most styles of back-up pads and offer greater versatility, according to Weiler Abrasives Group.

Available in angled and flat styles, the discs are designed for use on right angle die grinders to provide smooth grinding and improved conformability in tight areas. Both types of wheels are available in
2- and 3-inch diameters.

Visit www.weilercorp.com/bobcat-mini-flap-discs for more information.

 







ABMA Receives 100th Anniversary Commemorative Crystal From ANSI

 

Malish


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) acknowledged ABMA’s 100th anniversary with a congratulatory letter from its president, Joe Bhatia, along with a commemorative crystal.

ANSI provides and maintains the B165.1 Power Brush standard for the association, and assisted in its original creation almost 30 years ago.

“ANSI proudly recognizes the tremendous strides that ABMA has made in serving the needs of brush manufacturers. ANSI commends your ongoing commitment to creating value for your members, through enhancing knowledge and cooperation in the American brush industry,” Bhatia wrote in the letter.


ANSI said it is also actively engaged in accreditation — assessing the competence of organizations determining conformance to standards.

Visit www.abma.org and www.ansi.org.




 


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