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Imports, Exports Down For First Four Months Of 2017

 

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


Import totals for the first four months 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 four months of 2016. In April 2017, five categories outlined recorded decreases: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paint rollers, compared to April 2016.

 

– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle
The United States imported 25,640 kilograms of hog bristle in April 2017, up 40 percent from 18,269 kilograms imported in April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 100,385 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 31 percent from 76,748 kilograms imported during the first four months of 2016.


China sent 97,316 kilograms to the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per kilogram for April 2017 was $11.37, down 11 percent from the average price per kilogram for April 2016 of $12.72. The average price per kilogram for the first four months of 2017 was $22.79, up 4 percent from the average price per kilogram of $21.93 for the first four months of 2016.

 

Broom And Mop Handles
The import total of broom and mop handles during April 2017 was 1.3 million, down 13 percent from 1.5 million for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 5.8 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 16 percent from 5 million for the first four months of 2016.


During the first four months of 2017, the United States received 2.1 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 2.1 million from Brazil and 985,714 from China.


The average price per handle for April 2017 was 95 cents, down 2 percent from the average for April 2016 of 97 cents. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was 79 cents, down 16 percent from 94 cents for the first four months of 2016.

 

Brush Backs
April 2017 imports of brush backs totaled 314,425, down 50 percent from 631,022 for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 1.6 million brush backs were imported, down 36 percent from 2.5 million for the first four months of 2016.


Sri Lanka sent 875,593 brush backs to the United States during the first four months of 2017, while Canada shipped 535,711 and Indonesia
exported 175,894.


The average price per brush back was 58 cents during April 2017, up 21 percent from 48 cents for April 2016. For the first four months of 2017, the average price per brush back was 53 cents, up
18 percent from 45 cents for the first four months
of 2016.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during April 2017 was 2.3 million, up 5 percent from 2.2 million for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 8.4 million metal handles were imported, down 10 percent from 9.3 million for the first four months of 2016.


During the first four months of 2017, China exported 3.5 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain sent 3.1 million and Italy shipped 1.3 million.


The average price per handle for April 2017 was 80 cents, down 18 percent from 97 cents for April 2016. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was 90 cents, down 4 percent from 94 cents for the first four months of 2016.

 

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –

Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 597,834 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during April 2017, down 3 percent from 615,270 for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 2.3 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 4 percent from 2.4 million for the first four months of 2016.


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


The average price per broom for April 2017 was $2.36, down 6 percent from $2.52 for April 2016. The average price per broom for the first four months of 2017 was also $2.36, down 7 percent from the average price for the first four months of 2016 of $2.53.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material
The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during April 2017 was 301,487, down 10 percent from 335,854 brooms and brushes imported during April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 888,442 brooms and brushes were imported, down 37 percent from 1.4 million for the first four months of 2016.


Sri Lanka exported 541,219 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first four months of 2017, while France sent 137,933.


The average price per unit for April 2017 was $1.17, down 10 percent from the average price for April 2016 of $1.30. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was $1.29, up 13 percent from $1.14 for the first four months of 2016.

 

Toothbrushes
The United States imported 89.7 million toothbrushes in April 2017, down 14 percent from 104.4 million imported in April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 341.5 million toothbrushes were imported, down 8 percent from 372.4 million imported during the first four months of 2016.


China sent 259.6 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per toothbrush for April 2017 was 22 cents, up 16 percent from 19 cents for April 2016. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was 21 cents, the same as for the first four months of 2016.

 

Hairbrushes
April 2017 imports of hairbrushes totaled 5.1 million, up 65 percent from 3.1 million for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 15.4 million hairbrushes were imported, up 12 percent from 13.8 million for the first four months of 2016.


China sent 15.3 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per hairbrush was 18 cents during April 2017, down 28 percent from 25 cents for April 2016. For the first four months of 2017, the average price per hairbrush was 23 cents, down 8 percent from 25 cents for the first four months of 2016.

 

Shaving Brushes
The United States imported 3.6 million shaving brushes in April 2017, down 25 percent from 4.8 million imported in April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 19.9 million shaving brushes were imported, down 20 percent from 25 million imported during the first four months of 2016.


China sent 14.2 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first four months of 2017, while South Korea shipped 3.1 million.


The average price per shaving brush for April 2017 was 14 cents, down 33 percent from the average price for April 2016 of 21 cents. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was 14 also cents, down 18 percent from 17 cents for the first four months of 2016.

 

Paint Rollers
The import total of paint rollers during April 2017 was 5.8 million, down 8 percent from 6.3 million for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 23.2 million paint rollers were imported, down less than
1 percent from 23.4 million during the first four months of 2016.


China sent 19.4 million paint rollers to the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per paint roller for April 2017 was 44 cents, down 8 percent from the average price for April 2016 of 48 cents. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was 41 cents, down 16 percent from the average price for the first four months of 2016 of 49 cents.

 

Paintbrushes
U.S. companies imported 23.3 million paintbrushes during April 2017, up 15 percent from 20.2 million for April 2016. Paintbrush imports for the first four months of 2017 were 84.9 million, up 3 percent from 82.5 million for the first four months of 2016.


China shipped 75.8 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per paintbrush for April 2017 was 30 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for April 2016. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was 29 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first four months of 2016.

 

 

 

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Upright Brooms
The total import of upright brooms for April 2017 was 1.8 million, up 11 percent from 1.6 million for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 5.7 million upright brooms were imported, down 8 percent from 6.2 million imported during the first four months of 2016.


China sent 5 million upright brooms to the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per broom for April 2017 was $1.12, down 15 percent from the average price
for April 2016 of $1.31. The average price per broom for the first four months of 2017 was $1.18, down 10 percent from $1.31 for the first four months of 2016.


– EXPORTS –

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


In April 2017, three categories also reported decreases: toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to April 2016.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials
The United States exported 9,175 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during April 2017, up 9 percent from the April 2016 total of 8,418 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first four months of 2017 were 30,691 dozen, up 20 percent from 25,649 dozen for the first four months of 2016.


The United States sent 10,881 dozen brooms and brushes to Mexico, 9,945 dozen to Canada and 3,458 to Australia, during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $38.82 in April 2017, down 15 percent from $45.66 for April 2016. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first four months of 2017 was $31.39, down 41 percent from $53.26 for the first four months of 2016.

 

Toothbrushes
During April 2017, the United States exported 10.2 million toothbrushes, down 51 percent from the total recorded in April 2016 of 20.7 million. During the first four months of 2017, 46.4 million toothbrushes were exported, down 35 percent from 71.9 million exported during the first four months of 2016.


The United States exported 15.1 million toothbrushes to Germany, 10.7 million to Canada and 6.5 million to Mexico, during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per toothbrush for April 2017 was 59 cents, up 40 percent from 42 cents for April 2016. The average price per toothbrush for the first four months of 2017 was 56 cents, up 44 percent from 39 cents for the first four months of 2016.

 

Shaving Brushes
The United States exported 1.7 million shaving brushes during April 2017, up 70 percent from 1 million for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 5.2 million shaving brushes were exported, up 4 percent from 5 million for the first four months of 2016.


Brazil imported 2.9 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first four months of 2017, while Canada received 1.2 million.


The average price per shaving brush for April 2017 was 95 cents, down 54 percent from $2.05 for April 2016. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was $1.19, down 12 percent from $1.35 for the first four months of 2016.

 

Artist Brushes
April 2017 exports of artist brushes totaled 644,834, down 25 percent from 865,090 for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 2.6 million artist brushes were exported, down 10 percent from 2.9 million for the first four months of 2016.


Canada received 2.1 million artist brushes from the United States during the first four months of 2017.


The average price per artist brush was $3.67 during April 2017, up 7 percent from the average price for April 2016 of $3.44. For the first four months of 2017, the average price per artist brush was $4.10, up 9 percent from $3.75 for the first four months of 2016.

 

Paintbrushes
The export total of paintbrushes during April 2017 was 221,813, down 54 percent from 479,035 for April 2016. During the first four months of 2017, 815,028 paintbrushes were exported, down 32 percent from 1.2 million for the first four months of 2016.


Canada imported 332,649 paintbrushes from the United States during the first four months of 2017, while the United Kingdom received 214,191.


The average price per paintbrush for April 2017 was $6.35, up 71 percent from $3.72 for April 2016. The average price for the first four months of 2017 was $6.39, up 36 percent from $4.70 for the first four months of 2016.

 

 

 

March 2017

March 2017 Export Chart

 

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April 2017

April 2017 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 
 

Industry News

 


Jones Family Of Companies

Names Steve Tonkel As CFO


Steve Tonkel

Steve Tonkel


The Jones Family of Companies has named Steve Tonkel as chief financial officer.
Tonkel, a CPA with almost 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance fields, worked
for manufacturers of automotive parts, river barges/ocean tankers and heavy construction equipment
prior to joining Jones. His most recent experience was in engineering and manufacturing
fiber-based automotive insulation products.


“I was drawn to the Jones Family of Companies due to its rich and value-based heritage of being a dignified company to their customers and employees,” Tonkel said. “The future is bright at Jones; opportunity in both the current markets and emerging markets will lead to successful results. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of the Jones family team. I truly have been welcomed as if I am family.”


“Jones Family of Companies is composed of two divisions: Jones Yarn and Jones Nonwovens.The focus of the Jones Family of Companies has been providing solutions with select products and outstanding service that stem from decades of research and experience,” according to the company.


Visit www.jonesfamilyco.com for more information.


 



Borghi S.p.A. Names Paolo Roversi New President

 

Borghi S.p.A.

Pictured, from left, are Enzo Ferrari and Paolo Roversi.

 

Borghi S.p.A., partner in the Boucherie Borghi Group, has named Paolo Roversi as president.


This is a further step, according to the company, in a generational transition in the management of Borghi.


Roversi, who has been active for nearly 30 years in the brush industry said, “I am honored to
continue down the path that I have learned from Enzo Ferrari and the other partners, all these years. Having been active for quite some time in the industry, I also bring my own experience to the job and
look forward to the challenges of the future.”


Ferrari will continue his activities at Borghi SpA, as well as in the Boucherie Borghi Group, as a board member.


Ferrari said, “There will not be any major changes. Paolo and I have been working together for a long
time, and will continue to do so in the coming years. We are just exchanging positions as a natural evolution of a scheduled process.


“Borghi’s focus has always been, and will continue to be, that of providing world-class, cutting-edge technology and manufacturing solutions to the brush Industry.”


Visit www.borghi.com for more information.

 

 



Gordon Brush Recognized For Support Of The Military

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., has received the Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

 

“We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workplace, and
will encourage opportunities to employ guardsmen, reservists, transitioning service members and veterans,” according to Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush president and CEO. “As a proud American manufacturer, we are pleased to support and value the employment and military service of the
members of the National Guard and Reserves in the United States, and to hold their place of
employment when they are called to serve. Gordon Brush salutes all of our men and women who
serve this great nation.”

 

Gordon Brush

Shown, left to right, are Irwin Trester, a representative of ESGR, and Ken Rakusin,
president and CEO of Gordon Brush.


Gordon Brush is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified American manufacturer of brooms and brushes.
Established in 1951, Gordon Brush includes two brands with origins dating back to 1855 and 1897. Gordon Brush manufactures the FootMate® System, and over 15,000 standard and custom brushes, selling to industries including: janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical.


The compan­­y operates from a 183,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in City of Industry, CA.


The company has also received congressional recognition from Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, United States Congressional District 32; and California State Senate recognition from State Senator

Bob Huff, California Senate District 29.




DordenSqueegee Expands U.S. Warehousing
Program For Its Belgian Moss Floor Squeegees

 

DorenSqueegees

 

Dorden & Co., Inc., a/k/a DordenSqueegee, has expanded the number of Dörden™ Belgian Moss Squeegee SKUs that are being stocked for immediate delivery.


In a press release the company said, included in the expansion are:
*More plastic frame moss squeegees, in three sizes;
*Additional metal moss squeegees with splash guards, which are considered heavy-duty; and,
*Heavy-duty red neoprene squeegees are also available.


Dorden is also offering:
*Color-coded moss squeegees for foodservice and hospitals;
*Sample stock now available for customers to evaluate; and,
*Belgian-made entry-level window squeegees at a competitive price level.


According to the company, “The Belgian Moss U.S. warehouse focus is on customers who require
less than container loads. The company’s centralized location in Detroit, MI, where it produces the
non-rusting aluminum squeegees, is a benefit for the Central U.S. and the East Coast, requiring quick delivery and reasonable freight. Full container quantities can also be arranged, shipped directly from Belgium, at reduced rates for customers needing larger quantities.”


A press release also stated, “The properties of the squeegees allow them to virtually dry the floor as
they squeegee away liquids.


“Dorden also produces a full line of squeegees made in USA. The Dorden Squeegees ‘Made in USA’ are the traditional harder rubber squeegees most businesses, hospitals and homes are familiar with. The Dorden Squeegees are made with non-rusting/non-sparking aluminum frames and retainers, and meet quality standards. Programs are available for the traditional squeegees as well as the Dörden™ Belgian Moss Squeegees.”


For more information, call 313-834-7910 or email: mmfgcoinc@aol.com.

 



 

DuPont Sustainable Solutions
Launches 40 Microlearning Courses

Dupont

“DuPont Sustainable Solutions has launched a library of 40 microlearning e-learning courses and

videos that deliver bite-sized safety tips to help improve learning retention and close performance gaps.
Microlearning offers employees just in time, just in place and just enough training to help elevate risk awareness and prevent incidents on the job. Microlearning can deliver short, engaging and impactful learning experiences on focused subject matter,” said Mark Wagner, USC regional leader for DuPont Sustainable Solutions.


“Designed for refresher training, onboarding or as a meeting opener, the videos are two minutes or
less in length, include a facilitator’s guide and are available on a USB drive or via streaming video.
The e-learning courses feature full-screen video and a short quiz for documentation. This new offering covers the latest workplace safety issues, including hot topics ranging from ‘Dealing with Stress’ to

‘Driving Distraction,’ and is suited for the just-in-time performance-based learning requirements of today’s workforce. Microlearning can be used by organizations as part of a blended learning approach to help improve attitudes, behaviors and skills,” according to DuPont.


A free online preview of each microlearning e-learning course and video is available at www.training.dupont.com.

For more information, call 800-861-2221.

 



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