FEIBP Congress 2022: Sustainability

Andrew Griffiths, Planet Mark
Director of Community and Partnerships

62nd FEIBP Congress Focuses on Sustainability and Current Global Challenges

Story and Photos by Katharina Goldbeck-Hörz

It was a warm welcome in Prague for the 2022 FEIBP Congress, held September 21-24, 2022. After three years, it was finallyy possible to see each other in person and FEIBP President Andrew McIlroy and Fons Ceelaert gave a warm welcome to the guests and participants of the Congress of European Brushware Manufacturers in the Golden City. Friends from the ABMA and new members of the European Brushware Association, among others from Denmark and Sri Lanka, were warmly welcomed.

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2022 FEIBP Innovation Award Winners

Fons Ceelaert and Andrew McIlroy with
Brosserie Brenet’s Simon Lorrilliere and Izabela Kolon

One of the highlights of the 2022 FEIBP Congress, held September 21-24 in Prague, Czech Republic was the announcement of three winners for the Innovation award. The contest provides a well-deserved showcase for companies that are pushing the envelope and driving the brush industry forward. Here are the three winners for 2022:

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IHA Announces 2022 Honorees for gia Top Window Award

The Inspired Home Show® and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, announced the Global Honorees for the gia Top Window Awards during the “Enhance Your Visual Toolbox / gia Top Window Award” presentation by gia expert juror Anne Kong earlier today during Connect FALL. The Global Honorees are:

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IHA’s Connect FALL Virtual Event This Week: October 11-13

Connect FALL Features Sessions on Shifting Lifestyle Trends and Critical Business Developments

The International Housewares Association will hold the Connect Fall Virtual Event October 11-13 and will feature segments on housewares, food, cooking and culture; a preview of the second annual IHA Occasions Report, examining the renewal of key life moment celebrations and how the housewares industry can benefit; and announcement of the Global Innovation Awards (gia) Top Window Award. Two sessions each day will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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2023 ABMA Innovation Excellence Award Nominations

William A. Cordes Innovation Award

The ABMA is inviting member companies to enter new products for the ABMA William A. Cordes Innovation Excellence Award for 2023. “The Willie” is given to recognize outstanding innovation in any manufactured product, component or service in the brush industry in any given year. Submitted entries will be showcased during the 2023 ABMA Annual Convention next March in San Diego, Calif.

The Innovation Award recognizes outstanding innovation of manufactured products, components or services in the Brush, Broom, Mop and Roller Industry and is named after William A. Cordes, who served as the ABMA’s first President from 1917-1928.

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Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit in Cincinnati: October 18-20


With October as Manufacturing Month, the Manufacturing Institute’s Inaugural Workforce Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be a showcase event held October 18-20, 2022. The Summit will feature professionals from leading companies and thought leaders who are experts on new and innovative practices in workforce development. Ohio Manufacturers’ Association President Ryan Augsburger will be a plenary session speaker, promoting the many Ohio workforce innovations.

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ABMA/FEIBP Announce New Brush Industry Trade Show for 2024

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) and the European Brushware Federation (FEIBP) are working together to create a joint association-owned and coordinated exhibition trade show for the international brush community. Key leaders in the industry agree that an international show is vital to the integrity and growth of the industry and serves to benefit the entire brush community. The World Brush Expo will be launched in the spring of 2024 — a show for the industry, by the industry. Planning is currently underway with target destinations in Italy under consideration.

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