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Imports And Exports Mostly Down
For First Seven Months Of 2017

 

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


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

 

– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle
The United States imported 28,234 kilograms of
hog bristle in July 2017, up 81 percent from
15,638 kilograms imported in July 2016. During
the first seven months of 2017, 197,879 kilograms
of hog bristle were imported, up 51 percent from 130,731 kilograms imported during the first seven months of 2016.


China sent 191,115 kilograms to the United States during the first seven months of 2017.


The average price per kilogram for July 2017 was $18.70, down 39 percent from the average price per kilogram for July 2016 of $30.42. The average price per kilogram for the first seven months of 2017 was $23.56, up 7 percent from the average price per kilogram of $22 for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during July 2017 was 1.4 million, down 7 percent from 1.5 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 10.4 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 6 percent from 9.8 million for the first seven months of 2016.

During the first seven months of 2017, the United States received 4.1 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 3.6 million from Honduras and 1.6 million from China.

The average price per handle for July 2017 was 78 cents, up 3 percent from the average for July 2016 of 76 cents. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was 81 cents, down 11 percent from 91 cents for the first seven months of 2016.

 

 

Brush Backs

July 2017 imports of brush backs totaled 534,730, down 23 percent from 693,134 for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 3.3 million brush backs were imported, down 23 percent from 4.3 million for the first seven months of 2016.

Both Sri Lanka and Canada shipped 1.3 million
brush backs to the United States during the first seven months of 2017.

The average price per brush back was 48 cents during July 2017, the same as for July 2016. For the first seven months of 2017, the average price per brush back was 51 cents, up 11 percent from 46 cents for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during July 2017 was 1.2 million, down 8 percent from 1.3 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 14 million metal handles were imported, down 8 percent from 15.2 million for the first seven months of 2016.

During the first seven months of 2017, China exported 5.9 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain sent 4.7 million and Italy
shipped 2.9 million.

The average price per handle for July 2017 was $1.21, up 7 percent from $1.13 for July 2016. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was 89 cents, down 5 percent from 94 cents for the first seven months of 2016.

 

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –

Brooms Of Broom Corn
Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 509,157 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during July 2017, down 19 percent from 625,828
for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 4.2 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 5 percent from 4.4 million for the first seven months of 2016.


Mexico sent 4.1 million brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2017.


The average price per broom for July 2017 was $2.55, up 4 percent from $2.45 for July 2016. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2017 was $2.40, down 5 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2016 of $2.52.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during July 2017 was 224,615, up 108 percent from 107,765 brooms and brushes imported during July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 1.7 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 23 percent from 2.2 million for the first seven months of 2016.

Sri Lanka exported 963,563 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2017, while Vietnam sent 179,662.

The average price per unit for July 2017 was $1.85, up 11 percent from the average price for July 2016 of $1.67. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was $1.51, up 32 percent from $1.14 for the first seven months of 2016.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 88.7 million toothbrushes in July 2017, down 2 percent from 90.5 million imported in July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 631.4 million toothbrushes were imported, down 2 percent from 646.7 million imported during the first seven months of 2016.

China sent 484 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for July 2017 was 23 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for July 2016. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was 22 cents, the same as for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Hairbrushes

July 2017 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.2 million, up 14 percent from 3.7 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 28.7 million hairbrushes were imported, up 14 percent from 25.1 million for the first seven months of 2016.

China sent 28.6 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2017.

The average price per hairbrush was 25 cents during July 2017, up 14 percent from 22 cents for July 2016. For the first seven months of 2017, the average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 5.3 million shaving brushes in July 2017, up 33 percent from 4 million imported in July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 33.3 million shaving brushes were imported, down 20 percent from 41.5 million imported during the first seven months of 2016.

China sent 23.9 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2017, while South Korea shipped 5.3 million.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2017 was 13 cents, down 32 percent from the average price for July 2016 of 19 cents. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was 14 cents, down
1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during July 2017 was 5.6 million, down 13 percent from 6.4 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 40.5 million paint rollers were imported, down 9 percent from 44.5 million during the first seven months of 2016.
China sent 33.7 million paint rollers to the United States during the first seven months of 2017.

The average price per paint roller for July 2017 was 52 cents, up 11 percent from 47 cents for July 2016. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was 45 cents, down 6 percent from the average price for the first seven months of 2016 of 48 cents.

 

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Paintbrushes
U.S. companies imported 21.1 million paintbrushes during July 2017, down 4 percent from 21.9 million for July 2016. Paintbrush imports for the first seven months of 2017 were 153.8 million, up 2 percent from 151.1 million for the first seven months of 2016.

China shipped 137.8 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2017, while Indonesia sent 10.6 million.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2017 was 33 cents, the same as the average price for July 2016. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was 30 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Upright Brooms
The total import of upright brooms for July 2017 was 2.1 million, up 62 percent from 1.3 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 10.3 million upright brooms were imported, up 4 percent from 9.9 million imported during the first seven months of 2016.

China sent 9.1 million upright brooms to the United States during the first seven months
of 2017.

The average price per broom for July 2017 was $1.16, down 17 percent from the average price for July 2016 of $1.40. The average price per broom for the first seven months of 2017 was $1.21, down 11 percent from $1.36 for the first seven months of 2016.

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

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

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials
The United States exported 9,899 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during July 2017, up 120 percent from the July 2016 total of 4,498 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first seven months of 2017 were 59,427 dozen, up 49 percent from 39,993 dozen for the first seven months of 2016.

The United States sent 25,333 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada and 12,446 dozen to Mexico, during the first seven months of 2017.


The average price per dozen of brooms and brushes was $45.73 in July 2017, down 11 percent from $51.40 for July 2016. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first seven months of 2017 was $33.89, down 33 percent from $50.45 for the first seven months

of 2016.

 

Toothbrushes
During July 2017, the United States exported 8.9 million toothbrushes, down 30 percent from 12.8 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 79.9 million toothbrushes were exported, down 30 percent from 114.3 million exported during the first seven months of 2016.


The United States exported 20.7 million toothbrushes to Germany, 20.5 million to

Canada and 12.6 million to Mexico, during the

first seven months of 2017.


The average price per toothbrush for July 2017 was 65 cents, up 38 percent from 47 cents for July 2016. The average price per toothbrush for the first seven months of 2017 was 57 cents, up 33 percent from 43 cents for the first seven months of 2016.

Shaving Brushes
The United States exported 1.8 million shaving brushes during July 2017, down 5 percent from 1.9 million for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 10.1 million shaving brushes were exported, down 9 percent from 11.1 million for the first seven months of 2016.


During the first seven months of 2017, the United States exported 5.6 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 2.1 million to Canada and 1 million

to Mexico.


The average price per shaving brush for July 2017 was 79 cents, down 19 percent from 98 cents for July 2016. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was $1.06, down 6 percent from $1.13 for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Artist Brushes
July 2017 exports of artist brushes totaled 708,788, up 6 percent from 669,032 for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 5.6 million artist brushes were exported, up 6 percent from 5.3 million for the first seven months of 2016.


Canada received 3.8 million artist brushes from the United States during the first seven months

of 2017.


The average price per artist brush was $3.34 during July 2017, down 13 percent from the average price for July 2016 of $3.86. For the first seven months of 2017, the average price per artist brush was $3.79, up 5 percent from $3.62 for the first seven months of 2016.

 

Paintbrushes
The export total of paintbrushes during July 2017 was 153,634, down 26 percent from 206,289 for July 2016. During the first seven months of 2017, 1.3 million paintbrushes were exported, down

35 percent from 2 million for the first seven months of 2016.


Canada imported 560,930 paintbrushes

from the United States during the first seven months of 2017, while the United Kingdom received 400,846.


The average price per paintbrush for July 2017 was $7.70, up 4 percent from $7.41 for July 2016. The average price for the first seven months of 2017 was $6.67, up 27 percent from $5.26 for the first seven months of 2016.

 

 

 

July 2017

July 2017 Export Chart

 

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In August 2017
Zahoransky Has Highest Order Intake In
Company History During August 2017

 

ABMA News

 

Zahoransky, manufacturer of machines, systems, injection molds, and automation products,
reported that in August, it celebrated its highest monthly order intake ever.


The company said its annual target of 100 million euros in order intake, remains a realistic goal.

 

 


 


From Borghi USA
New Contruction Adds Space For
Customer Service Dept./Dedicated Laboratory

 

ABMA News


Borghi USA is investing $100,000 in new offices, laboratory and machine shop equipment.
In April 2017, construction began at Borghi USA to add more office space for the growing customer service department, as well as a dedicated laboratory for quality control equipment, electronics programming and testing capabilities.

“Borghi USA’s investment is a further commitment, ensuring that there is ample personnel and
equipment to meet the growing needs of customers, providing them with world-class service for their
brush manufacturing requirements,” according to a press release.

 

ABMA News


 



Mount Joy Wire Hires Process
Engineering Manager And Quality Assistant

 

Malish

Matt Graham

Process Engineering Manager

 

Malish

Adam Dent

Quality Assistant

 

 

Mount Joy Wire, manufacturer of specialty wire for various applications, has hired a new process engineering manager and a new quality assistant.


Matt Graham, of York, PA, is the new process engineering manager, and is responsible for processing
and internal quality, as well as supervising the company’s process control manager and environmental service technician. He reports to General Manager Jon Stine.


Adam Dent, of Wrightsville, PA, was hired as the new quality assistant, and is managing quality
complaints and customer quality issues as well as supporting internal quality control. He reports to
Quality Manager Ed Hollock.


Graham, who graduated from Millersville University in 2010, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in physics, previously worked at Mount Joy Wire for nearly six years, until September 2015, as the environmental process engineer. He then served as interim quality manager
and understudy for the process engineering manager’s position until rejoining the company full-time.


Dent is a recent graduate of Millersville with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. There, he was
a member of the university’s American Chemical Society student chapter, and was awarded a
Neimeyer-Hodgson grant to conduct collaborative research with ITT Engineered Valves, Lancaster, PA.
He also worked as a lab technician for Millersville and K&L Plating, in Lancaster.


“For more than 25 years, Mount Joy Wire has manufactured specialty wire for applications, including aerospace, automotive, architectural, construction, marine, medical and oil and gas. Mount Joy Wire’s flagship music wire product, AmeriCoat™, is known for its quality and resistance to material degradation. All of its core products — spring, brush and oil-tempered wire — are made in America at the Mount Joy,
PA, headquarters,” said the company.


For more about Mount Joy Wire, visit http://www.mjwire.com.

 

 



New Wooster Big Ben® Tray Liner

 

Wooster Tray Liner





“Made of clear, solvent-resistant PET (a recycled plastic), the Big Ben Tray Liner is designed to pair with the Wooster Big Ben Tray. These liners make it possible to utilize the features of the tray (one-gallon working capacity, integrated roll-off area, and built-in tool compartments) without having to clean the tray.

 

"When painting is complete, simply allow the liner to dry and dispose of it (following local and state environmental guidelines),” according to a press release from Wooster.


“The 21-inch width means that the Big Ben Tray and Liner easily accommodate rollers of nearly any size. The one-gallon capacity means that painters don't have to stop working as often as they would to refill standard, 11-inch trays. Integrated front compartments in the Big Ben Tray will hold brushes and other tools while a painter is rolling, preventing unnecessary messes at the jobsite."


Established in 1851, Wooster Brush said it is the oldest independent manufacturer of paint applicators in the USA. Based in Wooster, OH, the privately held company, with 585 employees, produces more than 2,000 products for both professional and DIY painters.


Learn more at woosterbrush.com.




ABMA President Carlos Petzold Visits
Hillbrush In Mere, England

 

ABMA News

Pictured left to right are: Charlie Coward, commercial director of Hillbrush; Carlos Petzold,
current president of ABMA; Ian Moss, president of ABMA from 2011-2013;
and Philip Coward, managing director of Hillbrush.

 

Hillbrush, a UK brush manufacturer, recently hosted a visit from the current ABMA president, Carlos Petzold, and former ABMA president, Ian Moss, to its new facility in Mere, England.


“Since 1922, Hillbrush has been manufacturing high quality brushware and cleaning tools, and to
celebrate its history, the company has recently opened a visitor attraction called 'Visit Hillbrush,'”
according to a press release.


“Visit Hillbrush features the first brush museum to open in the UK, with educational areas where visitors can learn about the history of brush making, count the brushes in their home and see historic machinery and antique brushes. It was for this reason that Petzold visited the company, along with Moss.”


Moss loaned a selection of antique brushes to Hillbrush, which are on display in the museum, and
date back to the 19th century.


For more information about Visit Hillbrush and the products available from the company, visit www.hillbrush.com.

 




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