The ABMA has posted a press release from AGF Ltd. announcing the passing of Joseph Allan Graham, Former chairman of Atlas Graham Industries, on December 30, 2022. Graham joined his father in his broom and brush manufacturing business at Atlas Brush Ltd. in 1960 which was later renamed Atlas Graham Industries.
His impact at Atlas Graham began in sales where his goal was always to stay true to his father’s vision of building superior quality products and servicing the customer better than the competition with unsurpassed honesty and integrity.
In a year full of ups and downs for the brush industry, it was a little surprising to see that the “Best Watercolor Brushes for 2022” post was the most popular on our website, but that just goes to show how important brush products are to consumers worldwide. While the controversy surrounding Interbrush certainly brought more readers to the site, it’s great to see that many positive articles were also highly ranked by our readers. Thank you to all of our loyal readers for your continued support in 2022! We are happy to report that we continue to see remarkable growth in readership for our website, e-newsletter and digital magazine. That is all made possible by the dedication and loyalty from the overall brush industry community. To celebrate the continued momentum, please enjoy our top-performing news articles from www.brushwaremag.com for 2022.
The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) and the European Brushware Federation (FEIBP) are excited to announce the creation of a new show for the industry: World Brush Expo, which will take place May 22-24, 2024, at the Bologna Exhibition Centre in Bologna, Italy.
The ABMA’s Webinar Series is scheduled to resume in January 2023 with Downtime Tips presented by Adam Moran, vice president for sales of Vorne Industries from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Downtime continues to be a huge source of lost productivity for the vast majority of manufacturers, but downtime is also often where the biggest gains can be made. Vorne knows that companies have the resources to improve, but they need the tools to leverage their resources, and this starts with understanding the corporate strategy.
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.
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.
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.