03-30-2015, 07:36 PM
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The United States imported 10.1 million shaving brushes in October 2014, up 146 percent from 4.1 million imported in October 2013. During the first 10 months of 2014, 94.5 million shaving brushes were imported, up 98 percent from 47.7 million imported during the first 10 months of 2013. Germany sent 44.4 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first 10 months of 2014, while China shipped 35.6 million. The average price per shaving brush for October 2014 was 11 cents, down 45 percent from the average price for October 2013 of 20 cents. The average price for the first 10 months of 2014 was 10 cents, down 33 percent from the average price for the first 10 months of 2013 of 15 cents.
 
The United States exported 2.2 million shaving brushes during October 2014, up 57 percent from 1.4 million shaving brushes exported for October 2013. During the first 10 months of 2014, 12.9 million shaving brushes were exported, down 5 percent from 13.6 million during the first 10 months of 2013. Both Mexico and Brazil imported 3.4 million shaving brushes from the United States during the first 10 months of 2014, while Canada received 3 million. The average price per shaving brush for October 2014 was 89 cents, down 28 percent from the average price for October 2013 of $1.23. The average price for the first 10 months of 2014 was $1.28, up 35 percent from 95 cents recorded for the first 10 months of 2013.

Source - bbm0115

Personally I cannot get around the number and the prices....

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 03-30-2015, 07:38 PM
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  • Agravic
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How are they defining 'shaving brushes' for the purposes of this data?

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 03-30-2015, 07:41 PM
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It does not say, the site is http://www.broombrushandmop.com/ and the figures are in the current magazine:
http://www.broombrushandmop.com/pdf/2015/bbm0115.pdf

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 03-30-2015, 07:46 PM
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It's a lot of Van der Hagen and Wilkinson Sword pure bristle brushes.....

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 03-30-2015, 08:11 PM
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Massive markup I am not surprised.

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 03-30-2015, 11:09 PM
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Interesting stat for me was the figure of 94.5 million brushes imported for the first 10 months of 2014.

Of which, Germany accounted for 44.4 million & China 35.6 million.

Geka & Muhle must be hitting some huge numbers, wow!

Best get myself on a flight ...

Edit: I've just done a quick calculation, the German import figure of 44.4 million in 10 months (if true) equates to a production output of somewhere in the region of 26,000 shaving brushes per hour manufactured & dispatched to the USA alone. 26,000 shaving brushes per hour!!!!!! - Good Lord, I could imagine the look on our girls faces if I asked them to step it up, the Germans are out-doing you!

I wonder how many of those 26,000 per hour are hand-made?

To put those figures into perspective it takes us approximately one week to complete a full cycle of the processes involved to make a batch of around 250 brushes. Yes, we produce more than 250 brushes per week but those numbers quoted are just seismic, almost impossible to comprehend for me - great work & hats off to those producing them.

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 03-31-2015, 12:20 AM
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(03-30-2015, 11:09 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Interesting stat for me was the figure of 94.5 million brushes imported for the first 10 months of 2014.

Of which, Germany accounted for 44.4 million & China 35.6 million.

Geka & Muhle must be hitting some huge numbers, wow!

Best get myself on a flight ...

Are Geka an OEM manufacturer? I kind of read about them a few months ago as Victoria and the page redirected to Geka. German shave brushes are already confusing with Leonhardy and Schramm also using the Victoria name. Google translate does a very poor job with Gut-Rasiert   Rolleyes

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 03-31-2015, 12:23 AM
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Yes, Geka OEM ... and clearly do a magnificent job!

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 03-31-2015, 12:26 AM
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I assume it's either incorrect or misleading, or maybe the number of Wilkinson Sword Solingen Pure Bristle brushes is that high?  Blush

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 03-31-2015, 12:34 AM
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Either way, it's incredible math!!!

The other questionable figure is the price of the brushes quoted.

No European manufacturer can produce & supply at those numbers.

I'm starting to think it's a 'slightly' misleading document but it makes for great discussion!

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 03-31-2015, 07:23 AM
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This is amazing!! Thank you for sharing this.


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 03-31-2015, 08:24 AM
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Surely at those prices and volumes they must be including these in their calculations:

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(for those that don't recognize this, it is the brush included with most electric razors/clippers/trimmers which could be considered a brush used for shaving I guess)

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 03-31-2015, 09:44 AM
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Those numbers just don't seem credible to me.  However, it's an interesting discussion.  Thanks for posting this.

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