Update on the Tampico Fiber Supply Status by MFC Ltd


MFC Ltd, with roots in the brush fiber industry going back over 100 years, for the last 70 years proudly representing Ixtlera de Santa Catarina, SA de CV, the world’s largest processor of Tampico fiber, would like to clarify the situation regarding the Tampico fiber shortage that the brush making industry has experienced in the past few years.  Please note that we will limit our discussion to the history rather than the current market situation as Antitrust Law does not allow us discuss the current market openly.
Cause of Shortage
The severe shortage situation in the approximately last 2 years was caused by weather related incidents. In the year or two prior to the shortage getting acute, there were the following incidents affecting the harvest of the raw materials: Drought which slows the growth of the plants so that they can’t be harvested as often, followed by a hard freeze that killed some plants and lowered the amount of plants available to be harvested, followed by very hard rains and winds which were the remnants of a hurricane that not only washed out roads and homes, but also a large amount of the Agave Lechuguilla  plants which are the source of the raw Tampico fiber.
It should be noted that since our processor has been in the industry for so many years, he has had a policy of holding raw stocks to handle normal variances in the harvest amount of raw fibers. However, sometimes over the years there have been situations, primarily weather related, which could not be helped such as was the washing out of a great amount of Agave Lechuguilla plants. It is interesting to note that even in these acute shortage situations, the quality of the Tampico fiber provided to our customer has never diminished.  Our customers have consistently been able to run our fiber in their advanced automated brush making equipment without any decrease in through-put or increase in waste.  By the way, as is normal, when there are shortages, many companies placed orders for more material than they normally used.  This only aggravated the shortage and lead to longer lead times.
Resolution of the Shortage
Because Agave Lechuguilla plant grows wild and reproduces primarily through rhizome and daughter plants, it was a matter of time for enough of the plants to regenerate and grow to the size where the leaves could be harvested and peeled leaving fiber that is long enough to be processed (cutting, combing, mixing and packaging) and used in the brush industry.  The time frame for a baby plant to grow large enough varied, but the average was probably about one year.
Since the people that normally harvested the Tampico had to continue to provide for their family, many moved to other areas and other jobs.  Also a big employer was the government that used these same people for special projects where they lived so that they could have a small income.  Some of these programs have decreased or come to an end.
As time passed and the availability of plants that could be harvested increased, the production of raw Tampico fiber had to again be promoted.  This was done by raising the price paid for the raw Tampico fiber to more than double of what it was prior to the shortage.
The conclusion is that there has been improvement in the acute shortage situation.  Can we say that the situation has already became normal? Not as of yesterday.
MFC would like to take this opportunity to thank its customers for being understanding and for working with us through these difficult times.
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