2021 Brushware March-April eMag Now Available

The 2021 March/April eMag issue of Brushware magazine is now available to all readers. In this issue, Bob Lawrence provides a full preview of the 2021 ABMA Virtual Convention with feedback and insights from key industry contacts. This issue also sees the launch of our Global Brush Maker Locator — an in-depth listing of all brush manufacturers by country. We’ve also expanded our approach to the US Import/Exports to get a historical look at the final numbers for 2020. And there’s plenty more including a report on the FEIBP Paintbrush Working Group meeting and a look at ERP as a launchpad.

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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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2021 Brushware January-February eMag Now Available


The 2021 January/February eMag (digital edition) of Brushware magazine is now available. In this issue, Philip M. Perry provides his economic forecast for 2021 and highlights the opportunities ahead. Mark Battersby runs through M&A strategy during the pandemic and the third quarter US Import/Export results are published in their entirety.

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2020 Top 10 Most Read Brushware Articles

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As we wind down the year that was 2020 and look forward to celebrating the holidays, I want to thank all of the Brushware readers, advertisers and supporters and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It was such a challenging and heartbreaking year for so many, we hope that the holidays and the year ahead will be much brighter for everyone.

But as a final look back to 2020, we present for the second year in a row the top-performing stories on www.brushwaremag.com for the year.

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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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FEIBP: July Update on European Brushware Industry

The FEIBP recently released a new report on the impact of COVID-19 on the European brushware industry that says the situation remains “vulnerable” on the continent as there is increasing movement of people and transport as governments lift measures.

The report says, “The virus is absolutely not under control, see the disastrous records of infestations in the Americas, but look at Portugal where the lockdown regime for certain regions is re-installed. Leicester (UK) is another warning sign.”

With those concerns in mind, the report says it remains necessary for industry businesses to keep on advocating for brushware products are to be recognized as essential in certain supply chains, both on national and international levels.

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62nd FEIBP Congress Moved to 2021

The FEIBP has postponed the 62nd FEIBP Congress to September 22-25, 2021, and will utilize the same location in Prague, Czech Republic.
In making the decision the FEIBP cited the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular the its effect on the European brushware industry. The announcement said that the COVID-19 situation not under control and there is no way to accurately predict when the world and business might start to return to normal. With the current circumstances, brushware manufacturers and suppliers face difficult times and the key priority is to survive this period. The FEIBP also noted these specific reasons in making the postponement:

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MAR/APR 2021

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-ERP Launchpad
-ABMA Virtual
-Global Brush Locator
-US Imports/Exports

-PMI Updates

 

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