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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For The First Nine Months Of 2021, Compared To The First Nine Months Of 2020

U.S. government trade figures for September 2021 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and brush backs, compared to September 2020. For the first nine months of 2021, raw material imports were up in three categories outlined: broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the first nine months of 2020.

Import totals for September 2021 were down in six of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to September 2020. During the first nine 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 nine months of 2020.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 11,379 kilograms of hog bristle in September 2021, compared to 1,650 kilograms imported in September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 95,491 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 9 percent from 105,208 kilograms for the first nine months of 2020.

China sent all the hog bristle to the United States during the first nine
months of 2021.

The average price per kilogram for September 2021 was $54.96, up 9 percent from $50.47 per kilogram for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per kilogram was $50.90, up 78 percent from $28.58 for the first nine months of 2020.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during September 2021 was
1.1 million, down 35 percent from 1.7 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 10.8 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 15 percent from 9.4 million for the first nine months of 2020.

During the first nine months of 2021, the United States received 6.3 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 2.1 million from Brazil and 1.8 million from China.

The average price per handle for September 2021 was 69 cents, up 11 percent from 62 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per handle was 65 cents, down 13 percent from 75 cents for the first nine months of 2020.


Brush Backs

September 2021 imports of brush backs totaled 502,839, up 297 percent from 126,708 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 3.6 million brush backs were imported, up 100 percent from 1.8 million for the first nine months of 2020.

Canada exported 1.4 million brush backs during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per brush back was 49 cents during September 2021, down
27 percent from 67 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price was 47 cents, down 8 percent from 51 cents for the first nine months of 2020.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during September 2021 was 1.8 million, down 33 percent from 2.7 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 17.5 million metal handles were imported, up 9 percent from 16.1 million for the first nine months of 2020.

During the first nine months of 2021, China sent 9.5 million metal handles to the United States, while Italy exported 4.7 million and Spain sent 3 million.

The average price per handle for September 2021 was 98 cents, up 9 percent
from 89 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per handle was 97 cents, up 9 percent from 89 cents for the first
nine months of 2020.

– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 403,121 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during September 2021, down 27 percent from 549,104 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 3.7 million brooms were imported, down 14 percent from 4.3 million for the first nine months of 2020.

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

The average price per broom for September 2021 was $2.46, up 5 percent from $2.34 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per broom was $2.27, down 5 percent from $2.38 for the first nine months of 2020.

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during September 2021 was 129,132, down 9 percent from 142,212 brooms and brushes imported during September 2020. For the first nine months of 2021, 1.8 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 6 percent from 1.7 million for the first nine months
of 2020.

During the first nine months of 2021, Sri Lanka exported 964,549 brooms and brushes to the United States, while China sent 389,641 brooms and brushes.

The average price per unit for September 2021 was $1.14, down 5 percent from $1.20 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per unit was $1.04, up 4 percent from $1 for the first nine months of 2020.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 73.2 million toothbrushes in September 2021, up 16 percent from 63 million imported in September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 703 million toothbrushes were imported, down 3 percent from 723.4 million for the first nine months of 2020.

China sent 516.8 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2021 was 31 cents, down 9 percent from 34 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per toothbrush was 28 cents, up 8 percent from 26 cents for the first nine months of 2020.

Hairbrushes

September 2021 imports of hairbrushes totaled 5.4 million, up 46 percent from
3.7 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 44.8 million hairbrushes were imported, up 37 percent from 32.7 million for the first nine months of 2020.

China sent 37.9 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per hairbrush was 24 cents during September 2021, down 14 percent from 28 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per hairbrush was 22 cents, down 12 percent from 25 cents for the first nine months of 2020.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 7.6 million shaving brushes in September 2021,
down 10 percent from 8.4 million imported in September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 51.6 million shaving brushes were imported, down 11 percent
from 58.3 million for the first nine months of 2020.

China sent 40.5 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2021 was 14 cents, up
40 percent from 10 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per brush was 12 cents, up 33 percent from 9 cents for the first nine months of 2020.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during September 2021 was 5.4 million, down
33 percent from 8 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 68.2 million paint rollers were imported, up 9 percent from 62.7 million for the first nine months of 2020.

China sent 48.8 million paint rollers to the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per paint roller for September 2021 was 63 cents, up 19 percent from 53 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per paint roller was 46 cents, the same as for the first nine months
of 2020.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 19.8 million paintbrushes during September 2021, down 29 percent from 27.7 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 254.7 million paintbrushes were imported, up 15 percent from 221 million for the first nine months of 2020.

China shipped 234.9 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2021 was 36 cents, the same as for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per paintbrush was 32 cents, down 6 percent from 34 cents for the first nine months of 2020.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for September 2021 was 1.2 million, down 45 percent from 2.2 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 15.2 million upright brooms were imported, up 1 percent from 15 million for the first nine months of 2020.

China sent 12.8 million upright brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per broom for September 2021 was $1.67, up 18 percent from $1.42 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per broom was $1.46, up 9 percent from $1.34 for the first nine months of 2020.



– EXPORTS –

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


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 4,110 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during September 2021, down 10 percent from 4,574 dozen for September 2020. For the first nine months of 2021, 67,845 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, up 44 percent from 47,163 dozen for the first nine months of 2020.

The United States sent 37,254 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $41.76 in September 2021, up 9 percent from $38.26 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $33.25, down 12 percent from $37.76 per dozen for the first nine months of 2020.

Toothbrushes

During August 2021, the United States exported 7.8 million toothbrushes, the During September 2021, the United States exported 7.9 million toothbrushes, down 13 percent from 9.1 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 71.4 million toothbrushes were exported, also down 13 percent from 81.7 million for the first nine months of 2020.

The United States exported 16.5 million toothbrushes to Canada during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2021 was 81 cents, up 9 percent from 74 cents for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per brush was 86 cents, up 8 percent from 80 cents for the first nine months of 2020.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 755,401 shaving brushes during September 2021, down 31 percent from 1.1 million for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 12.1 million shaving brushes were exported, down 3 percent from 12.5 million for the first nine months of 2020.

During the first nine months of 2021, the United States exported 5.9 million shaving brushes to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2021 was $1.84, up 30 percent from $1.41 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per shaving brush was $1, up 9 percent from 92 cents for the first nine months of 2020.

Artist Brushes

September 2021 exports of artist brushes totaled 518,311, down 26 percent from 696,987 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 4.1 million artist brushes were exported, down 28 percent from 5.7 million for the first nine months of 2020.

Canada received 3.2 million artist brushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per artist brush was $4.53 during September 2021, up 82 percent from $2.49 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per artist brush was $3.94, up 32 percent from $2.99 for the first nine months of 2020.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during September 2021 was 289,798, up
85 percent from 156,274 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, 2.1 million paintbrushes were exported, up 75 percent from 1.2 million for the first nine months of 2020.

Canada imported 1.2 million paintbrushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2021.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2021 was $4.20, down 50 percent from $8.42 for September 2020. During the first nine months of 2021, the average price per paintbrush was $6.25, down 22 percent from $8.02 for the first nine months of 2020.

 

September 2021

September 2021 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.



 

Industry News


Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, LLC Names

Gonzalo Martinez President And Chief Executive Officer

 

Schaefer

Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, LLC announces the appointment of Gonzalo Martinez as president and chief executive officer.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Gonzalo Martinez’s background and experience to run Schaefer Brush. We are confident that he will strengthen channel partnerships and drive new growth and profitability,” said Steve Balistreri, managing director of Blackthorne Partners, of
which Schaefer Brush is a portfolio company.


Martinez most recently held positions as vice president, Americas, with Pferd, Inc.,
and as division manager of Hilti Corporation. Gonzalo has over 20 years of experience
in sales and marketing, strategic planning, operations, and business development.

According to a press release, he was selected following a thorough, nationwide search to identify an individual who could lead the company and implement a new growth strategy.
Founded in 1905, Schaefer Brush designs, engineers and manufactures industrial brushes specializing in servicing the HVAC, plumbing, MRO and conveyor cleaning markets.

Established in 1892, Gornell Brush was added to the Schaefer Brush family in 2019,
and offers an array of industrial and maintenance products, complementing Schaefer’s
product line.

Visit www.schaeferbrush.com.





Industry News


Brian A. Donelson


Brian A. Donelson, 82, a longtime resident of Rowe, MA, died October 26, 2021.

He was born and grew up in Shelburne Falls, MA, and graduated from Arms Academy in 1956. He studied mechanical engineering at Norwich University, and, in 1960, moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he was employed by Space Technology Laboratories (STL) as a computer operator.

Donelson


STL was a prime contractor to the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and was a leader in the early days of the missile and space programs. In 1964, he was named manager of computer operations for STL's new facility in Houston, TX, adjacent to NASA's Manned Space Center.

In later years, he was manager of computer operations for Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, PA, and manager of data processing for the Pro Brush Division of the Vistron Corporation, a subsidiary of Standard Oil of Ohio. In 1975, he was promoted to plant manager of the Pro Brush Division.

In 1978, Donelson formed his own company, CSD International Inc. CSD was the sole representative in North and South America of Machines Boucherie, of Izegem, Belgium. Boucherie is a world leader in the manufacture of toothbrush making technology, as well as machinery for the manufacture of hairbrushes, household brushes, brooms, and injection molds. The company also had a sales office in Cali, Colombia.

Donelson’s hobby was model railroading, and he was particularly interested in the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad, affectionately known as the Hoot, Toot and Whistle. After his retirement in 2003, he decided to write a book about this short line railroad and its effect on the people and industries along the upper Deerfield River. That decision resulted in a two-volume history entitled "The Coming of the Train.” These two books trace the history of the railroad from 1875 to 1922, and are two of the most popular railroad history books written. One of his regrets was that he was unable to write a third volume covering the HT&W's final years from 1923 to 1976.

He was predeceased by his wife, Norma, in 2018. He is survived by his daughters, Debra Donelson and Cathy Currier, both of Brooksville, FL; stepdaughters, Julia Reid of Seattle, WA, and Jennifer Gunyon of Terrace, British Colombia; stepson, Stewart Gunyon of Montreal, Quebec; and niece, caregiver and personal assistant, Stephanie Bird of Heath, MA.
A memorial service was held November 20 at the River Valley Christian Church in East Colrain, MA, of which he was a founding member. Burial was in the family plot in Colrain's West Branch Cemetery, next to his wife.

Memorials may be made to the River Valley Christian Church,
345 West Leyden Rd., Colrain, MA 01340.


 


 

ABMA Announces Donna Frendt
As New Executive Director

 

Frendt



“After an extensive search, the American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is pleased to announce Donna Frendt of Creative Cyberservices as the organization’s next executive director. Donna will begin her new role January 1, 2022.

 

“With over 20 years of experience in association management, Donna is pleased
to add ABMA to her portfolio. Under her leadership, organizations have built on their strengths to amplify sustainable relationships and partnerships providing the foundation for consistent growth and success. Donna brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, sincerity, and focus on collaborative accomplishments,” according to an ABMA press release.


“I am very honored to have been chosen for this position. As ABMA embarks on its
105th year, I am truly excited to become a part of that legacy. I look forward to guiding
this strong and respected organization as it continues to promote North American
excellence in the industry,” Frendt said.

Frendt will succeed David Parr, who, after 20 years of leading the organization, is retiring.

“ABMA wishes to publicly thank David for his long and esteemed dedication in service to ABMA. Parr came to the stewardship of ABMA after serving on the ABMA board of directors from 1995-2001. Parr 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. His outstanding leadership will be missed and we wish him joy and good fortune in his retirement,” according to the organization.

“ABMA was founded in 1917 and has only had two management organizations through 2021. Fernley & Fernley led the association from 1917-2002, followed by Parr’s company, SilvaCor, Inc., since 2002-2021. 2022 marks the beginning of the third directorship with the hiring of Donna Frendt.”

For more information, visit abma.org.

 

 


 

ZAHORANSKY AG Steps Away As An
Exhibitor At InterBrush


In a recent press release from Zahoransky AG, the company announced that it will no longer participate, as an exhibitor, in InterBrush, the international tradefair that takes place at Messe Freiburg, Germany. The event usually takes place every four years.

Because of COVID, and other factors, the last InterBrush was held in 2016.
The next InterBrush is scheduled for April 24-26, 2024.

In response to the company’s decision, Daniel Strowitzki, CEO of Freiburg Wirtschaft
Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co., (FWTM) made the following statement in a press release:
“On 7 December 2021, ZAHORANSKY AG announced that it will no longer participate as
an exhibitor at InterBrush, the international trade fair which takes place at Messe Freiburg every four years.

“We deeply regret the decision of our longstanding exhibitor and business partner. However, as a company that knows what it means to weigh financial aspects and take strategic decisions, we respect it. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks for 43 years of excellent collaboration and a relationship built on trust.

“ZAHORANSKY AG was among the first exhibitors at Interbrossa/InterBrush, and will leave a gaping hole. It is now up to us to fill that gap. To run exhibitions which are successful in the long run, trade fair organisers depend on feedback given by exhibitors. This is why ZAHORANSKY AG’s decision has prompted us to initiate an in-depth dialog with associations and exhibitors to determine the future content strategy of InterBrush. While doing this, we will continue our extensive preparations for the next InterBrush, and are confident that in 2024, we will be able to offer a first-rate event to all participants.”

The ZAHORANSKY AG announcement can be found on the
Broom, Brush & Mop website, www.broombrushandmop.com/zahoransky.pdf.

 

 


 

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