2023 FEIBP Congress Market Reports

The 63rd FEIBP Congress, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in September brought together experts from the brush industry to discuss and provide updates on market conditions around brushware materials. Here is a summary of the challenges and opportunities in the market that were presented by four industry leaders in Europe.

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125 Years For Brosserie Brenet

This summer Brosserie Brenet celebrated 125 years of remarkable resilience. In an age where businesses come and go, the longevity of Brosserie Brenet raises the question: what is the secret to their enduring success?

The first ingredient that has contributed to this remarkable milestone is a profound commitment to family values. These values, passed down through generations, have been treasured as a heritage to be safeguarded. The pioneers of Brosserie Brenet were individuals of duty, who navigated through crises with unwavering determination, steadfast in their belief that everything was possible.

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Alessandro Acquaderni Elected New FEIBP President

At the 63rd FEIBP congress, held two weeks ago in Belfast, Andrew McIlroy (Germany, Perlon) stepped down as FEIBP President after having served for three years. The newly elected president is Alessandro Acquaderni the CEO of SIT Brush in Italy. Acquaderni’s father Andrea also previously served as FEIBP president.

Acquaderni says he is honored to start serving as President and looks forward to working alongside industry leaders and experts to uphold the rich heritage of brushes and drive innovation, sustainability, and excellence in our field.

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Zahn Brush Company Welcomes Five New Apprentices for Vocational Training

September marked an exciting chapter for Zahn Unique Brushes, as five talented young individuals embarked on their vocational training journey. Three young women have chosen the art of brush-making as their career path, while two young men have taken their first steps toward becoming IT specialists.

The three-year apprenticeships will provide the apprentices with both practical experience and theoretical knowledge. Practical training will take place at the state-of-the-art Zahn brush factory under the expert guidance of two dedicated apprenticeship trainers. Additionally, the apprentices will attend vocational schools in Bechhofen and Ansbach.

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CMS BERLIN: Record Attendance for 2023 Event

Event Makes Strong Comeback After Four Years

In Berlin, from September 19 to 22, 2023, the international cleaning industry converged for the leading trade fair dedicated to cleaning and hygiene. After a hiatus of four years, the trade fair made its eleventh appearance at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, attracting a higher number of visitors than ever before. Approximately 21,000 visitors attended the 2023 event, surpassing the 20,000 attendees in 2019. There were 421 exhibitors from 25 countries, showcasing the market for commercial cleaning systems. This exhibition covered both indoor and outdoor spaces, totaling 31,000 square meters (in 2019, there were 448 exhibitors from 25 countries).

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Storch-Ciret Group Acquires Savy to Expand Market Position in France

Daniel Rogusch, CEO of Storch-Ciret Group

Painting tools under the same umbrella

Storch-Ciret Group, the market leader for painting tools in Europe, has acquired French painting tool specialist Savy. The group is already represented in France by its subsidiary Ciret France. With the French production facility, the company is strengthening its expertise in manufacturing for painting tools Made in Europe. The Storch-Ciret Group is thus a major player in the French market for painting tools — with a comprehensive product range that meets the needs of both commercial and private end customers.

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WEBINAR: Introduction to the Untapped Talent Learning Community

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association introduces the Untapped Talent Learning Community – a community supporting manufacturers, industry sector partnerships, and workforce professionals interested in hiring and retention best practices. These communities will offer information, discussions, resources, best practices, and tools aimed at improving recruitment, training, and retention of untapped talent. The webinar will be held Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CT).

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Wire Filaments: Filament Supplier Update Part II


PART II: Wire Filament Suppliers

By Bob Lawrence

Ask anyone outside the brush industry what wire brushes are used for and most will cite menial tasks such as grill cleaning, having no realization that they’re essential in most major industries producing products and services ubiquitous in their lives, from aerospace and automotive to agriculture and telecommunications. As such, it’s a high-growth segment of the brush industry, according to a July 2023 Business Research Insights analysis of the global wire brush market. The findings: it’s expected to grow from over $553 million (USD) now to $784 million at a compound annual growth rate of six percent by 2028.

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