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Imports/Exports


Raw Material Imports Up, Finished Goods Imports Mixed, Exports Down For January 2021, Compared To January 2020


U.S. government trade figures for January 2021 indicated raw material imports were up in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to January 2020.

Import totals for January 2021 were up in four of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to January 2020.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 9,424 kilograms of hog bristle in January 2021, down 57 percent from 22,086 kilograms imported in January 2020.

China sent all of the hog bristle to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per kilogram for January 2021 was $50.10, up 155 percent from the average price per kilogram for January 2020 of $19.68.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during January 2021 was 1.3 million, up 8 percent from 1.2 million for January 2020.

During January 2021, the United States received 846,995 broom and mop handles from Honduras and 311,671 from Brazil.

The average price per handle for January 2021 was 66 cents, down 11 percent from 74 cents for January 2020.


Brush Backs

January 2021 imports of brush backs totaled 446,715, up 63 percent from 273,883 for January 2020.

Sri Lanka exported 132,185 brush backs during January 2021, while Indonesia sent 107,384, and Canada shipped 105,277.

The average price per brush back was 48 cents during January 2021, up 20 percent from 40 cents for January 2020.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during January 2021 was 1.8 million, up
38 percent from 1.3 million for January 2020.

During January 2021, China sent 799,003 metal handles to the United States, while Italy exported 584,027 and Spain sent 363,840.

The average price per handle for January 2021 was 96 cents, down 4 percent
from $1 for January 2020.

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 315,957 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during January 2021, down 29 percent from 445,319 for January 2020.

Mexico sent 314,637 brooms to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per broom for January 2021 was $2.21, down 4 percent from $2.30 for January 2020.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during January 2021 was 136,268, up 24 percent from 109,763 for January 2020.

During January 2021, Sri Lanka exported 80,828 brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for January 2021 was 99 cents, down 31 percent from $1.44 for January 2020.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 67.9 million toothbrushes in January 2021, down 33 percent from 100.8 million imported in January 2020.

China sent 52.5 million toothbrushes to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per toothbrush for January 2021 was 29 cents, up 26 percent from 23 cents for January 2020.

Hairbrushes

January 2021 imports of hairbrushes totaled 6.5 million, up 55 percent from 4.2 million for January 2020.

China sent 4.5 million hairbrushes to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per hairbrush was 21 cents during January 2021, down 9 percent from 23 cents for January 2020.


Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4.3 million shaving brushes in January 2021, down 33 percent from 6.4 million imported in January 2020.

China sent 2.2 million shaving brushes to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per shaving brush for January 2021 was 12 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for January 2020.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during January 2021 was 9.8 million, up 48 percent from 6.6 million for January 2020.

China sent 8 million paint rollers to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per paint roller for January 2021 was 46 cents, the same as for January 2020.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 26.2 million paintbrushes during January 2021, up 13 percent from 23.1 million for January 2020.

China shipped 23.9 million paintbrushes to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per paintbrush for January 2021 was 35 cents, up 17 percent from 30 cents for January 2020.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for January 2021 was 1.7 million, down 19 percent from 2.1 million for January 2020.

China sent 1.5 million upright brooms to the United States during January 2021.

The average price per broom for January 2021 was $1.32, up 2 percent from $1.30 for January 2020.


– EXPORTS –

Export totals for January 2021 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to January 2020.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 3,746 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during January 2021, down 29 percent from 5,290 dozen for
January 2020.

The United States sent 2,287 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during January 2021.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $47.98 in January 2021, up 12 percent from $42.81 for January 2020.

Toothbrushes

During January 2021, the United States exported 5.1 million toothbrushes, down 65 percent from 14.4 million for January 2020.

The United States exported 1.6 million toothbrushes to Mexico and 1.2 million toothbrushes to Canada during January 2021.

The average price per toothbrush for January 2021 was 86 cents, up 26 percent from 68 cents for January 2020.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.2 million shaving brushes during January 2021, down 33 percent from 1.8 million for January 2020.

During January 2021, the United States exported 723,328 shaving brushes
to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for January 2021 was 98 cents, up 13 percent from 87 cents for January 2020.

Artist Brushes

January 2021 exports of artist brushes totaled 452,100, down 35 percent from 693,134 for January 2020.

Canada received 397,595 artist brushes from the United States during
January 2021.

The average price per artist brush was $3.73 during January 2021, down 18 percent from $4.55 for January 2020.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during January 2021 was 125,841, up 26 percent from 99,856 for January 2020.

Canada imported 69,126 paintbrushes from the United States during
January 2021.

The average price per paintbrush for January 2021 was $8.83, up 9 percent from $8.08 for January 2020.

 

January 2021

January2021 Export Chart

 

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Industry News

 

Input Sought On Having National
Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting Participants
Gather In Las Vegas During ISSA Show Week


Brush Fibers

Co-chairmen of the annual National Broom, Mop & Brush Meeting are seeking input
from interested participants about this year’s event, which traditionally takes place in November at the Renaissance St. Louis (MO) Airport Hotel.

Since the ISSA Show North America is also taking place in November (15-18, 2021, in
Las Vegas, NV), co-chairmen Andrew Dailey, of the Jones Family of Companies, and Joel Hastings, of Nexstep Commercial Products, are seeking input from broom, mop and brush manufacturers, suppliers and trade press concerning a possible move of the meeting to
Las Vegas as well, to be held — at some point — during the ISSA Show week.

To share input and/or interest, contact Dailey at adailey@jonesnonwovens.com,
phone 1-731-784-2832; and/or Hastings at joel@ocedarcommercial.com,
phone 1-217-379-2377.

 



On Time and On Budget
Braun Brush Completes Medford, OR,
Manufactuing Facility


Braun Brush

The Braun Brush Company has completed its new West Coast manufacturing
facility in Medford, OR.

Despite the pandemic and local wildfires, the project was completed
on time and on budget.

“This 7,500-square-foot facility will house Braun’s unique method of plastic
fused tube and pipe brushes as well as its Wheel Woolie line of automotive detailing brushes,” according to a press release.

“The success of this project is fully attributed to Randy Peña, vice president
of West Coast operations for Braun Brush.”

For more information, visit www.brush.com.



 


Gordon Brush Acquires An Interest In P.S. Creations


Gordon Brush® has acquired an interest in P.S. Creations, LLC, the manufacturer of the Platescrape and other products for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.


“The Platescrape, invented by Nate Stein, is a bucket and brushes tool for on- and off-site pre-sanitation of dishes. The Platescrape can clean stubborn egg, cheese, and dried-on sauces, all while saving water, time and money. Restaurants and catering services save thousands of dollars a year in labor, water, and energy costs. Gordon Brush manufactures the brushes that are used in the Platescrape system.

 

Gordon Brush

"The Platescrape is a revolutionary product that can save the environment billions of dollars and preserve precious resources," said Ken Rakusin, president/CEO of Gordon Brush. "As the manufacturer of the brushes for the Platescrape, we are pleased that our investment in P.S. Creations can help develop and promote environmentally beneficial products to clean and sanitize, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For more information, visit www.gordonbrush.com.




Osborn Hires New CEO


Osborn (Richmond, IN), provider of high-quality surface treatment and finishing products, has appointed Brian Cassady chief executive officer. Cassady joins Osborn after serving as president and CEO of Municipal Parking Services, Inc., a software-based parking management and violation detection systems technology company.

“I am thrilled to join Osborn and take charge of leading the company to an even stronger position in the abrasives and polishing products industry,” said Cassady. “I look forward to being able to bring my operational experience to a team that is passionate about developing innovative products for our customers, building on an already illustrious 130-plus year history as a global leader in surface finishing and polishing solutions.”

Gordon Brush

Brian Cassady


Prior to Municipal Parking Services, Cassady was chief executive officer at Fansteel, Inc., and led the turnaround of that manufacturer of complex engineered metal parts for aerospace, power generation and automotive markets. Fansteel was awarded the 2014 Turnaround of the Year Award by the Turnaround Management Association, while under Cassady’s direction. Previously, Cassady was an interim executive and operating advisor for over a dozen companies throughout North America and Europe acquired by Sun Capital Partners.

Founded in 1887, Osborn includes operations in 12 countries, and serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit osborn.com.





Deco Products Company Acquires Mumford Metal Casting Of South Carolina; Expanding Deco’s
Leadership In The Zinc Die Cast Market.


“Deco Products Company, LLLP of Decorah, IA, purchased the assets of Mumford Metal Casting of South Carolina (MMCSC) effective March 15, 2021. MMCSC operated numerous 4-slide miniature zinc die casting machines. The sale of MMCSC allows Mumford to focus on materials other than zinc in its other facilities. The purchase of MMCSC’s assets expands Deco’s capabilities and capacity,” said the company.

“Deco Products is a privately owned company, with parts that can be found in various industries including windows, doors, office furniture, gas regulators, trucks, military equipment and even bird feeders. Deco casts all hot chamber zinc alloys. In addition, Deco adds significant value to its castings through machining, assembly and powder coating. With the acquisition of MMCSC, Deco will have over 100 die cast machines ranging from the 4-slide machines through conventional 500 Ton machines.”

For more information, visit https://decoprod.com/zinc-diecast-products/.

The purchase of Mumford Metals further increases Deco Products’ capabilities for comprehensive zinc die casting solutions.

“The additional equipment for smaller, high precision castings will complement Deco’s current established processes for medium and larger castings,” said Dave Magner, director of sales and marketing. “The acquisition is also expected to provide more design and manufacturing options for our customers and additional solutions for optimal performance and cost across their entire zinc casting requirements. Deco continues to grow strategically with this acquisition, but also with the adaption of new technology of our existing equipment. It is exciting to have these new technology opportunities for our current team members, but also others in the community.”

Chris Storlie, Deco CEO, explained that this acquisition is part of Deco’s strategic growth plan as the company continues to grow its share in the zinc casting market.
“This acquisition will provide positive benefits to all Deco stakeholders from customers, employees, vendors, the local community as well as the owners.”

“MMCSC equipment and production is being moved to the Decorah facility, which will allow for improved synergy with the rest of the zinc casting operation,” according to COO Randy Tangen.

“Deco Products has been in operation since 1960, and is the largest standalone zinc die caster in the USA. Deco employs 200 expert team members who work in production, engineering and other support areas. These experts are core to the quality aligned culture, essential for sustained strategic growth and integral to Deco's future success.”

To learn more about Deco Products,
visit https://decoprod.com/deco-a-leading-zinc-die-cast-company/.



 

Zahoransky Offers New Apps For Contactless
Support And Direct Spare Parts Orders


ZAHORANSKY has created two new apps – ZPARE and ZOLVE – to offer customers the option of placing orders for spare parts directly on the app and, in case of technical questions, to connect its customers to an online company expert.

Mobile App “This direct line to the machine and spare parts service team decreases any downtime in production and reduces the potential for errors during maintenance and repair work. The ZPARE app enables the secure, fast, and automatic recognition and ordering of spare parts exclusively with the smartphone's camera function. The photographed product identification number is recognized in the app by means of integrated artificial intelligence. It then appears in a selection list for review, and, after selecting the quantity, can be sent directly to the spare parts service team with just one click. In addition to this – or for troubleshooting and general maintenance work – the new ZOLVE app offers the option of connecting to a service expert online via live video and audio streaming. This means that support is available directly on the machine and the customer can carry out repairs or maintenance processes on their own with expert instructions,” said ZAHORANSKY.



Artur Seger, head of After Sales at ZAHORANSKY, said, “For manufacturing companies, all periods of non-productivity, regardless of whether they are planned or not, must be kept as short as possible. Our two new apps are digitally providing an enormous boost to this requirement.”

The apps also promote compliance with the CORONA-related contact restrictions currently in force almost all over the world: significantly faster support and the elimination of travel expenses make up for the drawbacks of this currently only virtual, not physical, on-site visit.
“The two apps, ZPARE and ZOLVE, are available for Android and iOS systems (smartphone and tablet). To ensure the worldwide supply of spare parts, ZPARE offers support in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese. The ZOLVE app also offers live translation in 20 languages. To ensure comprehensive support, we offer high-resolution image quality in connection with the transmission of additional documents and information. Additional ZAHORANSKY experts can be reached when required. You receive a final report in a PDF format, which can be archived with images and notes, after the maintenance work has been completed. Both apps require an internet connection.”

Information is available at
https://youtu.be/gpDqdOqLN1Q.
More information on the ZOLVE app is available at https://youtu.be/dzbL1gCpqFs_
.



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