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.

Tranzonic’s Tom Friedl Named Executive Officer of ISSA Board

Head of Hospeco Brands Group parent company has long history with association

Tom Friedl, the president and CEO of the Tranzonic Companies, parent company to Hospeco Brands Group, has been named executive officer on the board of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Hospeco is a charter member of

ISSA and Friedl previously served on the board as manufacturer director. He has also championed ISSA’s Government Affairs Advisory Committee, a board that represents the industry’s interests in pending legislation, from controlling the supply chain to navigating tariffs and more.

62nd FEIBP Congress Agenda

62nd FEIBP Congress Program

September 21-23, 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic

Wednesday | September 21
Grandior Hotel Prague


16.30 – 18.30 h
Registration desk, BOARD opposite reception

17.00 – 18.30 h
Board meeting, room “Idea”


19.00 – 22.00 h
Welcome evening – buffet and drinks (Dress code: casual), Restaurant

ABMA Webinar: Tools for Leaders to Maximize Human Capacity

The ABMA Educational Institute’s Webinar Series is scheduled to resume next month with Tools for Leaders to Maximize Human Capacity and Impact Retention to be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Overall, the webinar series is designed to provide timely and important industry education to the ABMA membership. The Educational Institute conducted a survey to collect timely and relevant topics and the group continues to develop webinar content to deliver specific and valuable education.

IHA Elects Three New Directors to Board

Three new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the full-service trade association for the housewares industry. They are: Scott Felsenthal, CEO, Whitmor, Inc.; Sal Gabbay, CEO, Gibson Homewares; and Michael Hayes, chief customer officer, Newell Brands. Their three-year terms begin October 1, 2022, and end September 30, 2025.

Also elected were new board officers:

Get to Know Prague: 62nd FEIBP Congress Preview

Classic Prague panorama with Old Town Bridge Tower and Charles Bridge
over the Vltava river at sunset. Photo by Vladislav Zolotov.

By Conor M. Todd

The FEIBP is excited to gather again in person for the first time in three years. Over two days in September, the brushware industry will descend on Prague for the 62nd FEIBP Congress to take in various speaking events, working groups and organized social activities. The event highlights include special guests discussing effective family succession planning and how to be mindful of sustainability. Somewhere between the new friends made and information learned, visitors will likely be curious about their surroundings in Prague 1 and 2, where the Congress is taking place at the Grand Majestic Hotel and Grandior Hotel Prague.