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Raw Material Imports, Exports Down, Finished Goods Imports Up For The First Seven Months Of 2019

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

Import totals for July 2019 were up in five of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and upright brooms, compared to July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, import totals were also up in five categories outlined, compared to the first seven 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 10,233 kilograms of hog bristle in July 2019, down 63 percent from 27,992 kilograms imported in July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 113,846 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 1 percent from 114,885 for the first seven months of 2018.

China sent 113,747 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for July 2019 was $42.03, up 33 percent from the average price per kilogram for July 2018 of $31.71. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $36.50, up 9 percent from $33.55 for the first seven months of 2018.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during July 2019 was 1.7 million, up 13 percent from 1.5 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 11.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 9 percent from 10.2 million for the first seven months of 2018.

During the first seven months of 2019, the United States received 5.2 million broom and mop handles from Honduras and 3.2 million from Brazil.

The average price per handle for July 2019 was 78 cents, up 11 percent from 70 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per handle was 73 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2018.

 

Brush Backs

July 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 448,762, down 11 percent from 502,933 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 2.7 million brush backs were imported, down 16 percent from 3.2 million for 2018.

Sri Lanka shipped 968,087 brush backs to the United States during the first
seven months 2019, while Canada sent 829,098 brush backs and Indonesia exported 807,826.

The average price per brush back was 53 cents during July 2019, up 13 percent from 47 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price was 52 cents, up 4 percent from 50 cents for the first seven months of 2018.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during July 2019 was 1.8 million, down
14 percent from 2.1 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 9.7 million metal handles were imported, down 27 percent from 13.3 million for
the first seven months of 2018.

During the first seven months of 2019, Italy sent 4.5 million metal handles to the United States, while China exported 2.6 million.

The average price per handle for July 2019 was 87 cents, down 9 percent from 96 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per handle was $1.08, up 15 percent from 94 cents for the first seven months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 589,776 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during July 2019, up 8 percent from 547,505 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 3.6 million brooms were imported, down 5 percent from 3.8 million for the first seven months of 2018.

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

The average price per broom for July 2019 was $2.38, down 3 percent from $2.45 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per broom was $2.34, also down 3 percent from $2.42 for the first seven months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during July 2019 was 177,013, down 26 percent from 239,374 brooms and brushes imported during July 2018. For the first seven months of 2019, 2.6 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 63 percent from 1.6 million for the first seven months of 2018.

During the first seven months of 2019, Sri Lanka exported 1.2 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for July 2019 was $1.67, up 25 percent from the average price for July 2018 of $1.34. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per unit was 76 cents, down 35 percent from $1.17 for the first seven months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 97.3 million toothbrushes in July 2019, up 6 percent from 91.4 million imported in July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 681.1 million toothbrushes were imported, up 4 percent from 655.1 million for the first seven months of 2018.

China sent 540.8 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

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

Hairbrushes

July 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.9 million, up 11 percent from 4.4 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 31.9 million hairbrushes were imported, up 14 percent from 27.9 million for the first seven months of 2018.

China sent 31.3 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 28 cents during July 2019, up 12 percent from 25 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 4 million shaving brushes in July 2019, up 14 percent from 3.5 million imported in July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 30.3 million shaving brushes were imported, up 2 percent from 29.8 million for first seven months of 2018.

China sent 20.7 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2019 was 14 cents, down 18 percent from 17 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per brush was 14 cents, the same as the average price for the first seven months of 2018.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during July 2019 was 7.5 million, down 33 percent from 11.2 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 44.7 million paint rollers were imported, down 17 percent from 54 million for the first seven months of 2018.

China sent 35 million paint rollers to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for July 2019 was 50 cents, up 47 percent from 34 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per paint roller was 49 cents, up 20 percent from 41 cents for the first seven months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 24.5 million paintbrushes during July 2019, down 18 percent from 29.8 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 166.6 million paintbrushes were imported, down 12 percent from 188.6 million for the first seven months of 2018.

China shipped 152.2 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2019 was 32 cents, up 7 percent from 30 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was 29 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first seven months of 2018.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for July 2019 was 2 million, up 54 percent
from 1.3 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 13.1 million upright brooms were imported, up 27 percent from 10.3 million for the first seven months of 2018.

China sent 11.8 million upright brooms to the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per broom for July 2019 was $1.37, down 11 percent from $1.54 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.50, up 9 percent from $1.38 for the first seven months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for July 2019 were down in all five categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to July 2018. For the first seven months of 2019, export totals were down in four categories outlined, compared to the first seven months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 5,136 dozen brooms and brushes of

vegetable materials during July 2019, down 21 percent from the July 2018 total
of 6,516 dozen. For the first seven months of 2019, 44,686 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 15 percent from 52,464 dozen for the first seven months of 2018.

The United States sent 20,244 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $73.77 in July 2019, up 149 percent from $29.64 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $42.07, up 19 percent from $35.38 per dozen for the first seven months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During July 2019, the United States exported 9.8 million toothbrushes, down 34 percent from 14.9 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 95 million toothbrushes were exported, down 1 percent from 96.1 million for the first seven months of 2018.

The United States exported 22.2 million toothbrushes to Canada and 17.4 million
to Germany during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for July 2019 was 62 cents, up 22 percent
from 51 cents for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per brush was 50 cents, down 6 percent from 53 cents for the first seven months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.1 million shaving brushes during July 2019, down 8 percent from 1.2 million for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 8.4 million shaving brushes were exported, down 32 percent from 12.3 million for the first seven months of 2018.

During the first seven months of 2019, the United States exported 2.5 million shaving brushes to Canada, 2.1 million to Brazil and 1.3 million to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for July 2019 was $1.52, down 6 percent
from $1.62 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average
price per shaving brush was $1.27, up 17 percent from $1.09 for the first seven months of 2018.

Artist Brushes

July 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 637,240, down 17 percent from 765,207 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 4.9 million artist brushes were exported, down 23 percent from 6.4 million for the first seven months of 2018.

Canada received 3.1 million artist brushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $4.10 during July 2019, up 24 percent from the average price for July 2018 of $3.30. During the first seven months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.83, up 5 percent from $3.64 for the first seven months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during July 2019 was 233,146, down 9 percent from 255,947 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, 1.4 million paintbrushes were exported, the same as for the first seven months of 2018.

Canada imported 648,658 paintbrushes from the United States during the first seven months of 2019, while the United Kingdom imported 269,985 and China received 244,102.

The average price per paintbrush for July 2019 was $4.44, down 31 percent
from $6.44 for July 2018. During the first seven months of 2019, the average
price per paintbrush was $5.82, down 16 percent from $6.89 for the first seven months of 2018.

 

July 2019

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Industry News


Nexstep Commercial Products Introduces Its
4-Sided Floor Safety Cone

Nexstep Commercial Products

(the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar)
now offers its new 4-Sided Floor

Safety Cone.

 


Some of the features of the

safety cone include:
• Rugged heavy-duty construction;
• Universal caution symbol on all 4 sides;
• Stackable for easy storage;
• Bilingual warning; and,
• 36-inch height.

Nexstep


For more information on Nexstep Commercial Products’ solutions,
visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.


 


 



Dr. Moyer Reports On Recent Dwarf Broom
Corn Harvest, Seed To Be Available In April


Reporting on the recent harvest of dwarf broom corn, longtime industry professional
Dr. Sam Moyer said seed from this crop will be available in April 2020.

“The crop has been produced from a gene pool of 30 dwarf varieties. Characteristics
of the broom corn include mixed colors, fuller tip than Mexican broom corn and no
center stem. I will have free seed available in April with an 8-ounce limit, as I’m not set
up to process large quantities,” Dr. Moyer said. “I ask that those people who would like
to have the seed to pay postage, with a donation appreciated. I forward donations to a
non-profit that supports rare animal breeds (gene pools).
Visit www.accokeekfoundation.org/ for more information.”

 

Nexstep

Nexstep
Broom corn (left) is shown brought in from the field for the scraper. The broom corn is then dried.


Dr. Moyer and the late Dr. Henry Hadley, who was a professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, had collaborated on developing machine-harvestable broom corn from 1983 to 2006.

“The dwarf variety was developed to be similar to the broom corn (sorghum) variety named Deer, except the dwarf variety is approximately 3.5 feet tall, to be harvested mechanically,” Dr. Moyer said. “In 2006, I created a gene pool by mixing seeds of about 30 varieties, with different colors and brush lengths, to harvest by machine. Three genetic traits have resulted: the broom corn is approximately four feet tall, the top leaf covers little or no brush for easy drying, and the stem (peduncle) is 10-inches long for cutting latitude.

“The variety is not resistant to sugarcane aphids, but there is genetic variation in this gene pool where a large enough exposed population might have resistant survivors to create a resistant variety. This year’s crop had to be planted with another unselected source of my seed, as my 2018 crop was replanted too late for saving seed. Better seed has been saved for next year.”

Dr. Moyer added that research and development of this broom corn seed takes place on various farms in Burlington County, NJ.

Contact Dr. Moyer at moyerbase@aol.com for more information.


 


UK’s Hillbrush Honored With Large Business
Of The Year Award

Hill Brush
Charlie Coward, Hillbrush managing director, center, is pictured accepting the award for Hillbrush.

Hillbrush, manufacturer of brushes and specialist in hygienic cleaning tools in the UK,
has won the Large Business of the Year award at the Blackmore Vale Business Awards.


More than 300 finalists attended the awards dinner which celebrated the best of business – from start-up businesses, individuals and family businesses, to large companies such as Hillbrush, all based in the Blackmore Vale covering Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, UK.

Hillbrush competed against technology company CETSAT, procurement specialists Ebit Business Solutions Limited and Harts of Stur, one of the UK's largest in-store and online retailers of cookware, kitchenware and kitchen electrics.


As part of the competition process, Hillbrush was visited by representatives from both the sponsors and organizers to find out more about how the company operates. The judging panel discussed human resources, corporate social responsibility (CSR), manufacturing processes, future investments and marketing strategies with Hillbrush’s directors.

Charles Coward, Hillbrush managing director and chair of ABMA’s Safety and Standards Committee said, “After the award was announced, members of the judging panel were
full of praise for the Hillbrush business and the vision and opportunities we have for the future. This award is a credit to all the staff and those who have contributed to the
business over the last year. Well done team!”

For more information visit www.hillbrush.com.


 



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