Friday, September 13, 2013

Manufacturing Paint Brushes in Asia

FM Brush Thailand, Jeff Mink in yellow

FM Brush, Inc. is the parent company of Dynasty, and the manufacturer of the artist brushes I've been discussing here on the blog over the past few years.  Early last year, I took you on a brush factory tour of the facility in Glendale, NY.  However, there is a second facility for FM Brush in northern Thailand near Chiang Mai, about an hour away from the Elephant Hospital.  Here, FM Brush creates brushes and brush parts for exporting internationally, everything from formulating the brush tufts to crafting and painting the handles.  The northern part of Thailand has seen much economic growth since the mid 1980's and it is here that FM Brush, Inc. decided to land and build, for both the personality of the people and the benefit to having a second manufacturer internationally.

The Kingdom of Thailand, previously known as Siam, is located in Southeast Asia and is the second oldest monarchy in the world, ruled by King Rama IX.  It is a constitutional monarchy, meaning the monarch acts as head of state within a constitution.  Thailand is known as the "land of smiles" and according to Jeff Mink, VP at FM Brush and chief innovator, this is exceptionally true.  He says that "the people are wonderful", it is what one walks away knowing.  

The northern region, where FM Thailand is located has long been known for the citizens' crafting ability.  The Thai people here are skilled in working with their hands, an essential element in building brushes.  FM Brush found a home here where the Thai government has supported, endorsed and promoted the business because of its exceptional standards of labor.  In return, the Thai people that come to work at FM Brush come to stay, some have been with us for more than 25 years.  


Black Silver by Dynasty
In order to have quality control over the entire manufacturing process of our brushes, Thailand was an ideal choice for a second factory.  FM Brush owns the land, the building and the business in Thailand, so they have been able to make the manufacturing a "western factory" with air conditioning and a full cafeteria for the employees.  Not only are the labor standards high, but the brush quality in Thailand is high, too, competing with the best brushes that we produce here in America.  For example, the Black Silver line is completely built in Thailand along with many of the canister brushes in our stock.  

Thanks to our work in Thailand, FM Brush, Inc. has the ability to control more of our own manufacturing, export more brushes and fuel more conventions with an international presence.

For more information and product details about FM Brush Thailand, you can visit their website at:  www.fmtbrush.com/fmt

Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.