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Imports Mixed, Exports Down
For The First 10 Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for October 2019 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: brush backs and metal handles, compared to October 2018. For the first 10 months of 2019, raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first 10 months of 2018.

Import totals for October 2019 were down in five of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, import totals were up in five categories outlined, compared to the first 10 months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and upright brooms.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 8,242 kilograms of hog bristle in October 2019,
down 50 percent from 16,575 kilograms imported in October 2018. During the
first 10 months of 2019, 158,445 kilograms of hog bristle were imported,
down 16 percent from 189,340 for the first 10 months of 2018.

China sent 158,346 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the
first 10 months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for October 2019 was $47.30, up 18 percent from the average price per kilogram for October 2018 of $40.16. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $38.21, up 6 percent from $36.20 for the first 10 months of 2018.


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during October 2019 was 960,610, down 49 percent from 1.9 million for October 2018. During the first 10 months
of 2019, 15.4 million broom and mop handles were imported, the same as for
the first 10 months of 2018.

During the first 10 months of 2019, the United States received 7.3 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 4.4 million from Brazil and 2.3 million from China.

The average price per handle for October 2019 was 83 cents, up 28 percent
from 65 cents for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per handle was 74 cents, up 4 percent from 71 cents for the first 10 months
of 2018.

 

Brush Backs

October 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 372,028, up 77 percent from
210,125 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 3.5 million brush backs were imported, down 19 percent from 4.3 million for 2018.

Sri Lanka shipped 1.3 million brush backs to the United States during the first
10 months 2019, while Canada and Indonesia each sent 1.1 million.

The average price per brush back was 54 cents during October 2019,
down 5 percent from 57 cents for October 2018. During the first 10 months of
2019, the average price was 53 cents, up 6 percent from 50 cents for the first
10 months of 2018.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during October 2019 was 1.9 million, up 73 percent from 1.1 million for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019,
14.4 million metal handles were imported, down 14 percent from 16.8 million for
the first 10 months of 2018.

During the first 10 months of 2019, Italy sent 6.6 million metal handles to the
United States, while China exported 3.5 million and Spain shipped 2.2 million.

The average price per handle for October 2019 was 89 cents, down 43 percent from $1.56 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per handle was $1.02, up 2 percent from $1 for the first 10 months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 491,346 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during October 2019, down 1 percent from 496,972 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 5 million brooms were imported, down
7 percent from 5.4 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first 10 months
of 2019.

The average price per broom for October 2019 was $2.33, down 6 percent from $2.48 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per broom was also $2.33, down 3 percent from $2.41 for the first 10 months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during October 2019 was 192,009, up 72 percent from 111,542 brooms and brushes imported during October 2018. For the first 10 months of 2019, 3 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 36 percent from 2.2 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

During the first 10 months of 2019, Sri Lanka exported 1.4 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for October 2019 was 95 cents, down 44 percent from the average price for October 2018 of $1.70. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per unit was 81 cents, down 30 percent from $1.16 for the first
10 months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 88.3 million toothbrushes in October 2019,
down 6 percent from 93.7 million imported in October 2018. During the first
10 months of 2019, 943.3 million toothbrushes were imported, up 2 percent from 921.6 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

China sent 745.6 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first 10 months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for October 2019 was 24 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per toothbrush was 25 cents, also up 1 cent from the average price for the first 10 months of 2018.


Hairbrushes

October 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 5.6 million, down 14 percent from
6.5 million for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 45.6 million hairbrushes were imported, up 4 percent from 44 million for the first 10 months
of 2018.

China sent 44.9 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first

10 months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 25 cents during October 2019, down
7 percent from 27 cents for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first 10 months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 5.9 million shaving brushes in October 2019, up
11 percent from 5.3 million imported in October 2018. During the first 10 months
of 2019, 48.2 million shaving brushes were imported, up 3 percent from 47 million for first nine months of 2018.

China sent 35.2 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for October 2019 was 12 cents, down 29 percent from 17 cents for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per brush was also 12 cents, down 14 percent from 14 cents for the first 10 months of 2018.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during October 2019 was 5.7 million, down
37 percent from 9 million for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019,
64.7 million paint rollers were imported, down 16 percent from 77.3 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

China sent 51.4 million paint rollers to the United States during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for October 2019 was 45 cents, up 7 percent from 42 cents for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per paint roller was 49 cents, up 20 percent from 41 cents for the first
10 months of 2018.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 18.6 million paintbrushes during October 2019, down
25 percent from 24.9 million for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 232.3 million paintbrushes were imported, down 11 percent from 261.5 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

China shipped 212.1 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for October 2019 was 32 cents, the same as for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was 29 cents, also the same as for the first 10 months of 2018.


Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for October 2019 was 1.7 million, the same as for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 18.1 million upright brooms were imported, up 21 percent from 15 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

China sent 16.4 million upright brooms to the United States during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per broom for October 2019 was $1.53, up 5 percent from $1.46 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.50, up 9 percent from $1.38 for the first 10 months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for October 2019 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to October 2018. For the first 10 months of 2019, export totals were down in three categories outlined, compared to the first
10 months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 5,322 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during October 2019, down 30 percent from the October 2018 total of 7,600 dozen. For the first 10 months of 2019, 64,565 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 13 percent from 74,411 dozen for the first 10 months of 2018.

The United States sent 28,675 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first 10 months of 2019.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $34.44 in October 2019, down 20 percent from $43.13 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $42.59, up 16 percent from $36.65 per dozen for the first 10 months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During October 2019, the United States exported 10.3 million toothbrushes, down 21 percent from 13 million for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 129.7 million toothbrushes were exported, down 5 percent from 136.1 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

The United States exported 32.5 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for October 2019 was 69 cents, up 25 percent from 55 cents for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per brush was 53 cents, the same as for the first 10 months of 2018.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.9 million shaving brushes during October 2019,
up 128 percent from 834,647 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 15 million shaving brushes were exported, up 1 percent from 14.9 million for the first 10 months of 2018.

During the first 10 months of 2019, the United States exported 4.6 million shaving brushes to Mexico, and 3.6 million to both Canada and Brazil.

The average price per shaving brush for October 2019 was 91 cents, down
57 percent from $2.11 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019,
the average price per shaving brush was $1.01, down 19 percent from $1.25
for the first 10 months of 2018.

Artist Brushes

October 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 734,634, down 9 percent from 806,783 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 6.9 million artist brushes were exported, down 22 percent from 8.8 million for the first 10 months
of 2018.

Canada received 4.6 million artist brushes from the United States during the first
10 months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $3.41 during October 2019, up 1 percent from $3.36 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.86, up 6 percent from $3.65 for the first 10 months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during October 2019 was 96,908, down 40 percent from 161,086 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, 2 million paintbrushes were exported, the same as for the first 10 months of 2018.

Canada imported 909,344 paintbrushes from the United States during the first
10 months of 2019, while the United Kingdom imported 397,994.

The average price per paintbrush for October 2019 was $9.45, up 10 percent from $8.57 for October 2018. During the first 10 months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was $6.21, down 9 percent from $6.79 for the first 10 months of 2018.

 

October 2019

October 2019 Export Chart

 

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Industry News


The Malish Corporation Acquires Abtex Corporation


Malish Logo

On December 6, 2019, The Malish Corporation acquired the assets of Abtex Corporation
of Dresden, NY.

The Malish Corporation was founded in 1945 by John and Pauline Malish. The company designs and manufactures commercial and industrial brushes, custom plastic extrusions, rotational molded and other specialty products. Malish remains a third-generation, family-owned business with Jeff Malish serving as president/CEO. The Malish Corporation is headquartered in Mentor, OH, and has manufacturing operations in Mentor, Dongguan, China and Wroclaw, Poland.

“The acquisition of Abtex Corporation further diversifies The Malish Corporation’s
product offering. The talent and resources provided by the acquisition will enhance
the Malish Corporation’s and Abtex’s ability to provide the highest quality products and services to its customers.

“Abtex will remain a standalone entity with all employees remaining with the company.
Jason Saner will continue as president,” according to The Malish Corporation.

Visit The Malish Corporation at www.malish.com.


 




From Shurhold,
Restoring A Tired, Oxidized Gelcoat From An RV

 

An RV's fiberglass gelcoat is constantly under attack from UV rays, acid rain, road grime and blasts of dirt and debris. Over time, a chalky film develops. Restoring a faded finish is easy with the right tools and chemicals. Shurhold has a tip to bring back an RV's showroom shine, without excessive effort or expense.

To begin, wash the RV with a premium soap such as Shurhold's Brite Wash, then rinse and dry. Carefully measure the correct quantity of cleaning solution to ensure dirt is removed without leaving residue.

 

Using Shurhold's World's Best Dual Action Polisher helps make short work. Start with a clean pad. If it's new, brush it to remove fibers that could get onto the work surface.


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Using a chip brush, paint on thin Xs of Shurhold Buff Magic Compound within a 2-square-foot-area. Spreading out the material works better than a complete covering. Using too much product is counterproductive, and takes more time and effort to bring
back a shine.

Before Buff Magic dries, place the polisher on the work surface without turning it on. This prevents slinging the product off the pad, which is messy and wasteful. Start on a slow speed-setting and work up and down and side to side in an overlapping pattern, keeping the machine moving. Excess pressure isn't needed; the weight of the machine is enough.


As Buff Magic is used, the unique formula breaks down. The product's abrasives become ever finer as it's used. Only one product is needed to take a finish from dull to glossy.

When the work area has been completed, stop the machine against the surface. Using a microfiber towel, wipe off the excess Buff Magic. This also removes the oxidation that was buffed off the surface.

Fluff the pad with a brush before moving to a new area. This will make it last longer and function more effectively.

Check the reflective quality of the result. Depending on the level of oxidation, the process may need to be repeated up to three times.

Once the RV is complete, and a mirror-like finish is achieved, protect all the hard work. Pro Polish Wax is an advanced polymer that improves the glossiness. It delivers superior performance than traditional waxes that contain talc.

Shurhold is the inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, and manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

Contact Shurhold at www.shurhold.com/rv.



 


13th InterBrush – May 6-8, 2020


May 2020 marks the return of InterBrush, a trade fair and the key global meeting point
for the brush and broom industry, which will open its doors in Freiburg, Germany, for the
13th time. Around 200 exhibitors from 26 countries will present their products across some 21,500 m2 of exhibition area, showcasing raw materials, semi-finished products, and machines. At least 7,500 trade visitors from 90 countries are expected to visit the industry meeting, which is held every four years, bringing in the region of 10,000 additional overnight stays to Freiburg’s hoteliers.

Interbrush

Anyone already planning to visit the trade fair who would like to order reduced-price entry tickets online can do so easily and securely from their own computer. “Print at home” tickets will be exchanged directly for visitor badges at the entrance to the trade fair. Visitor registration is now open at www.interbrush.com.

In 2016, at the end of the 12th trade fair, 98 percent of exhibitors already announced their intention to attend the next InterBrush. Some 90 percent of visitors said they would definitely revisit their industry’s top trade fair in 2020, since, in the words of one visitor, “Even the atmosphere fires your enthusiasm.”

With the help of the Freiburg Convention Bureau, anyone travelling to Freiburg in May – whether exhibitor or trade visitor – has access to a special quota of hotel reservations, eliminating the need for time-consuming accommodation searches.

Freiburg, located in one of Germany’s most beautiful regions, with historic buildings and culinary delights, is a great attraction. It offers award-winning restaurants and first-class wineries. The industry platform has steadily developed and grown over the years.

 



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