2024 Brushware March-April Issue: World Brush Expo Roundtable


Brushware’s 2024 March-April issue features our roundtable interview with World Brush Expo leaders Chris Monahan, Alessandro Acquaderni and Marco Momoli in addition to a user case study from Wohler on the installation of new SBM 840 with customer Flex Trim A/S. You will also find details on the upcoming ABMA Convention set for Florida in March. PLUS: Manufacturing Skills Gap, Final US Import/Export Stats for 2023 and a new machine spotlight for Roth Composite Machinery.

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US Manufacturing Pushes Toward Growth 

Global Manufacturers Also See Upward Movement in January

The Manufacturing PMI® for January was reported at 49.1 percent in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® released by the nation’s supply executives. The figure represented a two-percentage-point increase from December’s figure of 47.1 percent but remained in contraction territory.

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US Manufacturing Report Shows Improvement for December

German Manufacturers See a Fourth Straight Month of Improvement

ISM reported a U.S. Manufacturing PMI of 47.4 percent for December to push up slightly from the November reading of 46.7 percent. Despite the improvement, the report from ISM says the figure indicates a 14th consecutive month of contraction for U.S. manufacturers. 

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2024 Brushware January-February Issue: Schaefer Brush Profile


Brushware’s 2024 January-February issue features an in-depth profile on Wisconsin manufacturer Schaefer Brush along with coverage of the current and future impact of Artificial Intelligence for manufacturing. The edition also offers our annual look back at the top brush industry stories for 2023 along with our Digital 40 Power List highlighting the brands and leaders that stood out in 2023. Rounding out the issue, readers will also enjoy our guide to interior paintbrushes and the updated third-quarter U.S. Import/Export data for 2023.

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US Manufacturing Remains Flat For November

German and UK Manufacturing Register Strong Improvement in November

ISM® reported a U.S. Manufacturing PMI® of 46.7 percent in November matching the same figure in October. The stagnant readings for both months halted a three-month uptrend from July through September that seemed to show U.S. manufacturing on track to move above the 50 percent mark before year-end. According to the report issued by Timothy R. Fiore, Chair of the ISM® Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, demand remains soft and production execution is slightly down compared to October as U.S. companies continue to manage outputs, material inputs and labor costs. 

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2023 Brushware November-December Combo Issue


Brushware’s 2023 November-December Machinery Showcase & Supplier/Manufacturer Spotlight issue weighs in as the biggest issue of the year and includes full coverage of the 63rd FEIBP Congress in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Readers will also enjoy an early look at Phillip M. Perry’s 2024 Economic Forecast. Up front, the issue includes columns from Lisa Anderson on evaluating and choosing an ERP platform along with 10 Must Do’s For Small to Medium Businesses from Global Shop Solutions’ Adam Grabowski. The digital version also includes our full Economic Dashboard with September PMI reports from key brush manufacturing countries.

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US Manufacturing Shows Positive Signs Heading Into Fourth Quarter

European manufacturing remains weak but India and China continue growth

The ISM® US Manufacturing PMI® registered 49 percent in September, 1.4 percentage points higher than the 47.6 percent recorded in August. According to the report issued by Timothy R. Fiore, Chair of the ISM® Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, the overall economy expanded weakly after nine months of contraction following a 30-month period of expansion.

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Seventh Straight Month In Contraction Territory for US Manufacturing

Global manufacturing also remains weak with the exception of strong performance for India

The ISM® US Manufacturing PMI® was reported at 46.9 percent for May, down slightly from the 47.1 percent reading in April. The figure represented a seventh consecutive month in contraction territory for US manufacturers and continued and overall downward trend that dates back to November of 2021.

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