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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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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2019 Brushware November-December Digital Edition Available

The 2019 November-December issue of Brushware magazine is now available to readers and features the Expanded Suppliers’ section with in-depth profiles for key companies in the brushware industry. In addition, this issue also covers the 61st FEIBP Congress and has an article for business leaders on how to prepare for a recession.

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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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2019 Brushware September-October Digital Edition Available


The 2019 September-October Brushware Digital Edition is now available for readers. This edition previews the 61st FEIBP Congress to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland this month and also has and in-depth feature on the Future of Nature Fibers from Bob Lawrence. Here’s a full rundown on the new issue:

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NOV/DEC 2020

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