FEIBP Working Group: Paint Brushes January

COVID-19 Update

During the evening of January 19, 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the new regulations on the pandemic. Restrictions are on-going, with the lockdown in Germany being extended until February 14, 2021. Experts from science, medicine and research had met in an advisory committee and finally, a result was communicated from the federal government.  Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to companies to let their employees back to the home office more. “It’s tough,” Merkel says, “What we have to expect people to do once again. But we have to take the situation into account. To protect people and also to protect the economy.”

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January Message From FEIBP President

Andrew McIlroy

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and all the best for a prosperous 2021. I trust you all enjoyed a good Christmas break, under whatever restricted conditions there were in your respective countries.

2020 was a challenging year for all of us. Some areas of our industry were particularly hard-hit by national restrictions and a large drop-off in demand back in spring 2020. Since the summer, our industry did manage to recover somewhat, and the remainder of the year was certainly better for the majority of our members. We, therefore, go into 2021 with hopefully a more optimistic outlook for our businesses, even though the next few months will see restrictions continue for all of us, especially regarding travel and contact with others.

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FEIBP Announces New President

The FEIBP held its annual General Assembly as a virtual meeting on October 15, 2020, and Peter Langenegger (Ebnat AG, Switzerland) stepped down as president after serving a three-year term. Andrew McIlroy of Perlon GmbH was welcomed as the new president and is the first president to represent the suppliers’ section of the federation. McIlroy is well-known and much respected for his commitment to the FEIBP and has been a board member for many years. He is the sales and marketing director at Perlon and will serve a two-year term as president.

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ABMA 2020 Update: Interbrush Decision in 10 Days

The 2020 ABMA Convention concluded last night with a game-filled reception that moved indoor due to unseasonably cool weather in St. Petersburg, Fla. The reception featured dartboards, shuffleboard, virtual reality head sets, giant beer pong, beer tasting and a caricature artist.

While the reception provided a great way to celebrate the end of a busy week, discussions still centered around the Coronavirus and the impact on Interbrush 2020. During the Thursday morning session, Daniel Strowitzki of Messe Freiburg announced that a decision on whether or not to postpone would be made in 10 days. That means all Interbrush attendees and exhibitors should expect a final announcement by March 15, 2020.

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Update: 61st FEIBP Congress Held in Lucerne

Fons Ceelaert and Andrew McIlroy of Perlon-Hahl Filaments show off the Brushware 61st FEIBP preview issue

The 61st FEIBP Congress held in Lucerne, Switzerland, wrapped up this past Saturday and our European correspondent Katharina Goldbeck-Hoerz answered a few quick questions on the success of the event. Her full report will be in the next issue of Brushware.

What was your favorite segment from the Congress?
The theme “Together We Are Stronger” weaved like a red thread through the congress. That them tied into worldwide trade, the procurement of raw materials and the manufacturing of products as well as the development of machines. The content of the working groups – as well as the lectures of the main speakers – encouraged the participants of the congress in spontaneously formed working groups to act with the following topics:

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