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Imports, Exports Up For The First Four Months Of 2021, Compared To The First Four Months Of 2020


U.S. government trade figures for April 2021 indicated raw material imports were up in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to April 2020. For the first four months of 2021, raw material imports were also up in the same three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first four months of 2020.

Import totals for April 2021 were up in six of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, import totals were up in five categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first four months of 2020.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 8,000 kilograms of hog bristle in April 2021, down 65 percent from 22,874 kilograms imported in April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 44,834 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 17 percent from 53,922 kilograms for the first four months of 2020.

China sent 44,829 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per kilogram for April 2021 was $52.33, up from $8.76 per kilogram for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per kilogram was $50.24, up 180 percent from $17.94 for the first four months of 2020.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during April 2021 was 851,737, up 61 percent from 528,671 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 4.8 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 26 percent from 3.8 million for the first four months of 2020.

During the first four months of 2021, the United States received 2.5 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 1.1 million from Brazil and 989,383 from China.

The average price per handle for April 2021 was 89 cents, down 5 percent from 94 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per handle was 67 cents, down 12 percent from 76 cents for the first four months of 2020.


Brush Backs

April 2021 imports of brush backs totaled 444,533, up 206 percent from 145,383 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 1.5 million brush backs were imported, up 54 percent from 971,098 for the first four months of 2020.

Canada exported 447,875 brush backs during the first four months of 2021, while Indonesia sent 440,651 and Sri Lanka shipped 393,465.

The average price per brush back was 53 cents during April 2021, down 15 percent from 62 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price was 50 cents, down 6 percent from 53 cents for the first four months of 2020.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during April 2021 was 2.3 million, up 64 percent from 1.4 million for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 7.7 million metal handles were imported, up 54 percent from 5 million for the first four months of 2020.

During the first four months of 2021, China sent 4.8 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy exported 1.6 million and Spain sent 1.3 million.

The average price per handle for April 2021 was 82 cents, up 3 percent from 80 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per handle was 87 cents, down 6 percent from 93 cents for the first four months of 2020.

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 444,689 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during April 2021, up 7 percent from 415,848 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 1.5 million brooms were imported, down 12 percent from 1.7 million for the first four months of 2020.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per broom for April 2021 was $2.14, down 9 percent from $2.35 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per broom was $2.17, down 7 percent from $2.34 for the first four months of 2020.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during April 2021 was 215,154, up from 38,348 brooms and brushes imported during April 2020. For the first four months of 2021, 811,332 brooms and brushes were imported, up 30 percent from 624,046 for the first four months of 2020.

During the first four months of 2021, Sri Lanka exported 590,274 brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for April 2021 was $1.06, down 29 percent from $1.49 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per unit was $1.03, down 10 percent from $1.14 for the first four months of 2020.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 79.6 million toothbrushes in April 2021, down 1 percent from 80.4 million imported in April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 281.5 million toothbrushes were imported, down 7 percent from 301.4 million for the first four months of 2020.

China sent 209.2 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per toothbrush for April 2021 was 27 cents, up 8 percent from 25 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per toothbrush was 28 cents, up 8 percent from 26 cents for the first four months of 2020.

Hairbrushes

April 2021 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.5 million, up 41 percent from 3.2 million for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 19.2 million hairbrushes were imported, up 63 percent from 11.8 million for the first four months of 2020.

China sent 15.6 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per hairbrush was 24 cents during April 2021, up 9 percent from 22 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per hairbrush was 22 cents, down 8 percent from 24 cents for the first four months of 2020.


Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 2 million shaving brushes in April 2021, down 70 percent from 6.7 million imported in April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 16.6 million shaving brushes were imported, down 31 percent from 24.2 million for the first four months of 2020.

China sent 12.9 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per shaving brush for April 2021 was 19 cents, up 171 percent from 7 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per brush was 13 cents, up 63 percent from 8 cents for the first four months of 2020.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during April 2021 was 19 million, up 75 percent from 5.7 million for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 36.4 million paint rollers were imported, up 66 percent from 21.9 million for the first four months of 2020.
China sent 25.6 million paint rollers to the United States during the first four months of 2021.
The average price per paint roller for April 2021 was 37 cents, down 14 percent from 43 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per paint roller was 44 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first four months of 2020.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 27.9 million paintbrushes during April 2021, up 20 percent from 23.3 million for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 117.8 million paintbrushes were imported, up 64 percent from 72 million for the first four months of 2020.

China shipped 110.9 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per paintbrush for April 2021 was 31 cents, up 11 percent from 28 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per paintbrush was 32 cents, the same as for the first four months of 2020.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for April 2021 was 1.9 million, up 12 percent from 1.7 million for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 7.3 million upright brooms were imported, up 22 percent from 6 million for the first four months of 2020.

China sent 6.3 million upright brooms to the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per broom for April 2021 was $1.28, up 27 percent from $1.01 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per broom was $1.26, up 5 percent from $1.20 for the first four months of 2020.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for April 2021 were up in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to April 2020. For the first four months of 2021, export totals were up in three categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to the first four months of 2020.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 7,887 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during April 2021, up 49 percent from 5,298 dozen for April 2020. For the first four months of 2021, 34,469 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, up 54 percent from 22,326 dozen for the first four months of 2020.

The United States sent 18,660 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $28.62 in April 2021, down 2 percent from $29.10 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $36.11, down 7 percent from $38.91 per dozen for the first four months of 2020.

Toothbrushes

During April 2021, the United States exported 8.1 million toothbrushes, up 7 percent from 7.6 million for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 30.5 million toothbrushes were exported, down 32 percent from 44.9 million for the first four months of 2020.

The United States exported 6.2 million toothbrushes to Canada, 5.4 million to Germany, and 4.3 million each to China and Mexico during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per toothbrush for April 2021 was 87 cents, up 12 percent from 78 cents for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per brush was 78 cents, up 5 percent from 74 cents for the first four months of 2020.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.4 million shaving brushes during April 2021, up 57 percent from 893,688 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 5.6 million shaving brushes were exported, up 8 percent from 5.2 million for the first four months of 2020.

During the first four months of 2021, the United States exported 3.3 million shaving brushes to Mexico and 894,864 to Canada.

The average price per shaving brush for April 2021 was $1.05, down 4 percent from $1.09 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per shaving brush was 89 cents, down 13 percent from $1.02 for the first four months of 2020.

Artist Brushes

April 2021 exports of artist brushes totaled 532,033, down 11 percent from 600,298 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 1.9 million artist brushes were exported, down 24 percent from 2.5 million for the first four months of 2020.

Canada received 1.6 million artist brushes from the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per artist brush was $3.68 during April 2021, up 79 percent from $2.06 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per artist brush was $3.50, up 4 percent from $3.35 for the first four months of 2020.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during April 2021 was 267,238, up 82 percent from 147,048 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, 712,507 paintbrushes were exported, up 24 percent from 574,008 for the first four months of 2020.

Canada imported 355,922 paintbrushes from the United States during the first four months of 2021.

The average price per paintbrush for April 2021 was $7.86, up 14 percent from $6.91 for April 2020. During the first four months of 2021, the average price per paintbrush was $8.52, up 12 percent from $7.58 for the first four months of 2020.

 

April 2021

April 2021 Export Chart

 

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Industry News


From May To April 24-26, 2024
InterBrush Date Change

 

Interbrush

 

InterBrush has announced a change of dates for InterBrush 2024. The event has been moved to Wednesday, April 24-Friday, April 26.

According to a press release from InterBrush, “Unfortunately, there was a slight error in the text of the previous notification. The InterBrush 2024 event will not take place in May 2024, as stated in our previous newsletter. Instead, it will be held in April 2024, on the following days: Wednesday, April 24-Friday, April 26, 2024.

“By holding the trade fair in April 2024, we will be back in sync with our usual pattern of hosting the event every four years.

“For legal reasons, we will have to ask you to fill out a new registration form if you wish to participate in InterBrush 2024. We will send this to you in due course.

“We hope you can forgive us for this error, and we thank you for your understanding.”
For more information, contact Daniel Strowitzki, chief executive officer Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik and Messe GmbH & Co. KG, at daniel.strowitzki@fwtm.de.

 

 


 

From Borghi
While Improving/Expanding Its Automatic Verticle Warehouses, Borghi Spare Parts Service Working At Reduced Pace July 26-August 23

Borghi

Borghi has announced that starting July 26 through the week of August 23, its Spare Parts service will be working at a reduced pace. This is due to an expansion and improvement of its automatic vertical warehouses to improve the level of service and efficiency in the future.

“We apologize for the inconvenience, and we are sure that you will understand that we are doing this to strengthen our service to you,” according to the company.

“In order to avoid production interruptions and keep your machinery running, we kindly ask that you look over your inventory levels of machinery spare parts and place your orders for any spare parts that you will need to carry you over into the final week of August 23.

“Please do not forget that our subsidiaries in the United States, Spain, Brazil, China, Poland and India are stocking original Borghi spare parts for any emergencies you may have.”

For more information, contact info@borghi.it.





PelRay Sales Manager David McGee
Retires After 35 Years

 

 

“David McGee, sales manager for PelRay International, has retired after 35 years with the company. He was recruited by Ray LeBlanc in 1986, and he became the branch manager of Amex International’s warehouse located in Laredo, TX. When Amex’s Laredo operations were relocated to San Antonio in 2007, McGee continued to work in sales and logistics for Amex alongside LeBlanc and Bart Pelton. In 2008, Amex International changed ownership, and the name of the new company was crafted from parts of the original owners’ names — and PelRay was born,” according to a company release. “David continued to work for PelRay International Co., LLC, expanding his role in sales and purchasing. In 2019, Brush Fibers, Inc. acquired PelRay International, and recognizing the value of

that name, simply branded it, PelRay International Company.”

McGee

 

David McGee


Brush Fibers CEO Chris Monahan said, “McGee, LeBlanc and Pelton provided a
combination of industry knowledge and customer service that was recognized worldwide.
We were glad that David could continue working for us.”

“As a division of Brush Fibers, PelRay was in a stronger position to offer its customers more product lines,” Bart Pelton, president, said. “David continued to actively work in logistics, sales, and purchasing after the acquisition, and to be an important source of knowledge for training our new employees as well.”

McGee

 

David McGee at Lost Mine Peak in Big Bend National Park

 

 

McGee said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

“We wish David all the best and thank him for his loyalty to the company, through many changes,” Pelton said.



 

 

Vice President Of Operations

Abtex Promotes Christian Donovan

Abtex, LLC. has promoted Christian Donovan to vice president, operations.
“Christian came to Abtex in 2016, bringing an impressive record of achievement in complex manufacturing serving automotive, military, and medical markets,” said the company.

 

McGee

Christian Donovan

Prior to joining Abtex, Donovan held key roles within companies such as
ZF TRW, Truck-Lite, and Surmotec, as well as serving honorably in the U.S. Navy.

He holds an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business.


“Abtex has been providing integrated brush/machine deburring solutions to the North American manufacturing industry since 1980. Abtex supplies nylon abrasive filament brushes, flap discs, and custom-designed deburring systems for a wide variety of
machined-part, aluminum-extrusion, fine-blanked, and powdered-metal applications. Customers include manufacturers such as second and third-tier automotive producers.”

For more information, visit www.abtex.com.



 

ABMA Executive Director Announces Retirement Plans


Parr

David Parr

ABMA President Greg Miller recently announced retirement plans for ABMA Executive Director David Parr. ABMA plans to replace Parr with a new executive director in 2022.

Miller said, “Dave Parr has been ABMA executive director since 2002, and told the ABMA board at that time he would serve for
20 years, retiring in 2022. I can speak for the board when I say we are sorry to be at the event horizon for this change; and while we are sad to see Dave go after an accomplished tenure with ABMA, we are all working to find an outstanding leader who can continue as executive director of ABMA on its long and storied trajectory.”

 

A Search Committee was formed and commenced its search July 1. The committee is
led by D. Scott Enchelmaier, current ABMA past president, and chair of the Leadership Development Committee.

Anyone in the industry who would like to submit a proposal to become the next ABMA executive director may download the RFP here.

RFPs may be sent to ABMA HQ by email to the attention of D. Scott Enchelmaier.

“In addition, please contact ABMA HQ if you would like to refer someone for consideration. The plan is to have the next leadership in place by January 1, 2022, and to transition with Parr through the March convention,” Miller said.

The 105th ABMA Annual Convention, March 2-5, 2022, will be Parr’s last as
executive director.

Parr came to the stewardship of ABMA after serving on the ABMA board of directors from 1995-2001. He has been involved with ABMA since 1981, as both an active member with National Brush Company, and as an affiliate/supplier member with National Wood Products and its subsequent purchaser, Group Pare Brossel.

ABMA was founded in 1917, and has only had two management organizations.
Fernley & Fernley led the association from 1917-2002, followed by Parr’s company,
SilvaCor, Inc., which will continue leadership until 2022.

ABMA is an equal opportunity employer. More information is available on ABMA’s website, www.abma.org or email info@abma.org.

 


 


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