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China to Retaliate Against New Tariffs

Donald Trump on Tuesday announced China $US200 billion in new tariffs which, combined with other tariffs already announced, will mean the US is taxing roughly half of all its imports from China. China responded by saying it will be forced to retaliate against by against the US. A Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman said, “In order to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China will have to take simultaneous counter measures”. What those countermeasure will be remain to be seen.

While in previous responses the Chinese have used harsh language this time their response was more muted when they said, Beijing “deeply regrets” the tariffs.  China has also stopped short of what kind of action might be taken, thus giving Trump a chance to back down. Previously China said that it would retaliate with $US60 billion in tariffs on US goods that came into effect in August, but it has since gone quiet on the threat.

Trump also threatened to immediately impose almost $US270 billion of additional tariffs if the Chinese government announces retaliatory measures against US farmers and manufacturers. This in effect would be a tax on all Chinese products entering the US.

In light of the new tariffs the Australia’s Reserve Bank board discussed the trade war at its recent meeting. They concluded that in saying that the “significant tensions around global trade policy … represented a material risk to the outlook.”

“Ongoing uncertainty about trade policy had led to volatility in the prices of some commodities.” “More generally, the direction of international trade policy in the United States continued to be a source of uncertainty for the outlook for the world economy.” This is according to the board’s minutes released on Tuesday.

Unlike the previous rounds of tariffs – which targeted industrial goods – this tranche will affect consumer products and could lead to price rises for items such as gymnastics mats, puzzle mats, air conditioners and jigsaw mats.

The new tariffs of $200 billion on Chinese goods will bring the electronics and gym mats sectors into the trade war.

The Chinese doodle minister is expected fly via cargo plane Washington next week to resume talks with his Amercan counterpart.

One of el Presidentè’s last remarks on the issue was, “These practices plainly constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States economy. As President, it is my duty to protect the interests of working men and women, farmers, ranchers, businesses and our country itself. My administration will not remain idle while those interests are under attack,” he said

So some people inherently might be thinking the President Trumps actions might be crazy others think they are not. At the end of the day he was elected by the American people they must be happy with the progress that is being made in the trade front.

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Trump’s Two Hundred Billion Dollar Tariffs And Gym Mats

There are two hundred billion reasons that Donald Trump’s up coming tariffs on China could cause the price of gym mats to rise in Australia. President Trump has vowed to put in place a new round of Chinese goods imported into America if the communist country doesn’t curtail unfair trade practices. Although the Chinese government denies such practices exist the Trump administration is adamant that such tariffs with be applied in the not too distance future.

As we already know most low technology items are now manufactured in China and the Asia region. This also includes gym mats such as jigsaw mats, foam mats, interlocking mats and EVA mats. If tariffs were to by place on the gym mats then there is a real possibility that it could raise the prices on gym mats in Australia. The world economy is intertwined so any economic stock in one region is likely to have an effect in another. Australia is not immune to this reality and it is something to be expected if the current trade conflict between the world’s two largest economies continues.

Effects on gym mats pricing by falling dollar

One of the potential effects that one can expect on pricing is the effect it has had on the Australian dollar. The Australian dollar has already fallen by over 5% since the trade war began and there is a chance that it could fall further. The reason for the fall is not only due to loss investor fleeing to the safety of the USD. It is also because the Australian economy is tightly aligned with the Chinese economy so any threat to the Chinese market translates to being threatening to the Australian market. As we know China buys a lot of resources from Australia and in turn Australia buys heaps of manufactured goods from China such as jigsaw mats and foam mats. Indeed the raw materials that goes into making a jigsaw mats most likely come from Australia.

Rising Costs of Raw Material

 

The tariffs being proposed by both player in this trade war can also have an impact on raw material pricing. As the Chinese seek to limit the import of raw material from the US it has a tendency to drive up the price of raw material for other countries. By placing barriers on those material supplied my mines and wells in America it means that those coming from other markets are in more demand. This is because China is by far the largest consumer of raw material in the world so disruption in supply chains will invariably have an effect on pricing. As such raw material necessary for the manufacture of various gym mats become more expensive which are then passed on to the consumers.

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Conor McGregor is a Goose

Conor McGegor in Trouble Over Alleged Assault

UFC champion and boxer Conor McGregor is in trouble over and apparent assault of a bus and fellow UFC fighters. News outlets first reported the incident at a Brooklyn Hotel last week where Conor and some other guys are accused of the attach. The incident must of be serious because McGregor later appeared in court over the incident. The UFC representative also expressed concern over the incident.

It is now questionable when Conor will return to the UFC. Apparently he had been negotiating a return to the MMA mats. What is sure is that he will need to spend more time training on him wrestling mats. It is certain to be of concern as one would have thought that he would be eager to return to the Octagon to make some more money. This delay and any court case is sure to be a costly exercise.

I guess the lesson to be learn here is that it is much better to spend your time on the training foam mats then it is mucking around with your friends. None the less he will certainly learn from his mistakes as he is presumably an adult with the capacity to learn.

Anyway we are all awaiting the conclusion of this fiasco as it will be interesting to see if Conor gets convicted (which could seriously effect his career) and whether the people he allegedly injured take him to the cleaner. With reports he make $100 Million from his fight with Mayweather he certainly has a lot to lose.

 

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Get Fit With Foam Mat This Summer

It is that time of the year to start getting ready for summer. Time to loose some of the baby fat you accumulated during those cold winter nights. Whilst those extra pounds are ok for snuggling on the couch or in bed it is another thing when you are wanting to be on the beach showing off your toned body. But to get toned you need to do some training and when you start with those burpies etc you might want to break out some gym mats as well.

Whilst it is all good and well to ramp up the training leading up to summer you might also want to protect your fragile body by purchasing some gym mats. Gym mats are a great way to help combat the fatigue that comes with hours of training and doing your favourite exercises. Gym mats come in a variety of thicknesses to so they can be tailored to the intensity of the activity being undertaken. Doing some light exercise maybe the thinner version is ok. Going for something more intensive then you might want to consider something thicker.

Foam mats are an excellent addition to any training regime as they help assist with fatigue. Indeed foam mats are used by people all over the world for all sorts of activities. With foam mats you really are helping ensure that your quest for the best beach body will be less likely to come with issues of associated with a sudden up tick in physical activity.

foam gymnastic mats for training gymnastics

Best Mats for Gymnastics Mats

We often get asked what kind of mats are the best mats for gymnastics. As gymnastics is a very popular sporting activity there is always a need for gymnastics mats in the general population. Gymnastics mats are important as they help minimise the impact of training. With gymnastics there is a lot of tumbling, jumping, somersaults etc which can resulting in the practitioner falling and impacting with the floor. Using anti-fatigue mats therefore is necessary for any training area.

There are a number of mats which can be helpful in such a situation. A great kind of mat for this kind of training is foam mats. Foam mats are made from compress expandable foam which has a stated hardness and density which gives it the ability to absorb impact. Usually the thicker the foam mats the better the absorptive qualities. For an activity like gymnastics it would probably be recommended to go with something thinker thick a 40mm foam mat. None the less any thickness for the foam mats would be better then no mats at all.

Puzzle mats are another name for these mats and seem to be what a lot of people know that as. Puzzle mats are also made from foam but they connect together in a puzzle formation which is where they get their recognition from. The puzzle format allows them to be connected together in a stable manner therefore forming a continuous mat. This added strength offer stability for the practitioner with the knowledge that they will not come apart during training. Puzzle mats are a great option for training gymnastics and should always be considered when choosing a mat.

 

Exchange rate vs USD

AUD Falls on Week Inflation Data

The Australian dollar fell today on week inflation data from the Bureau of Statistics. The rate of inflation was 0.2% instead of the 0.4% which was expected. The underlying rate was 0.5% which was in line with expectations. The announcement had an immediate effect which saw the dollar fall by 0.25%. It is currently hovering just above $0.79.

What does this all mean for the price of goods and jigsaw mats in particular. Firstly jigsaw mats are sourced in USD so any dramatic drop in the AUD will have an impact on their pricing. The dollar has risen dramatically in the recent past so it should not have an effect. We would only see and effect on jigsaw mats if the AUD fell below $0.74. Although anything is possible it is unlikely to drop so much in a short period of time. Only a huge economic shock would have an effect on the AUD like rising unemployment or some other such event.

The Australian economy has been performing great lately which is why the AUD has risen so much and the price of gym mats is so low. Whilst there is a feel good sentiment in the economy people are more likely to purchase discretionary items such as gym mats and other training equipment. This is usually the case in good economic times. As someone who is current involved in a few businesses I have had the feeling that the economy has improved markedly in the last few months. So much so that it has lead to increased hired in the organisations that I run. Including at Ezymats.

It is always a good idea to order your foam mats whilst the dollar is good. It ensures that you will be able to buy your foam mats at a good price therefore grabbing yourself a bargain. The price of foam mats was much higher when the dollar was pushing below $0.72. We have heaps of stock of foam mats at the time so it is a great time to order them. We also have shipment coming in all the time.

Exchange rate vs USD

Market Watch – AUD vs USD in May 2017

Being a company that is so reliant on imported goods it is important for us to track currency movements. Our purchase of EVA mats and foam mats is done from off-shore companies who require payment in US dollars. In this case if the USD goes up then the price of EVA mats and foam mats also goes up. If it goes in the opposite direction then so to does the price of mats. Therefore the exchange rate is a good indicator of where the pricing of gym mats is going. Below is an analysis of the exchange rate in May.

The AUD traded in a narrow range this month against the USD. It ended down just above 1% which is not a great deal considering all the things happening in the world. Early in the month we saw the USD strengthen as the Federal Reserve pointed to a 100% chance of a rate hike in June. This expectations then eased as doubts over the strength of US inflation emerged. The rate hike chances are now considerable less at 60%. The AUD eased off later in the month after lighter consumer spending and concerns we are expecting a very weak and possibly negative growth. The start of June has seen significant support for the AUD at 0.74 and a rally towards 0.75 after good economic news from China, the worlds second largest economy.

We will continue to monitor movements in the currency to better understand where the price of EVA mats and foam mats will be in the not too distant future. If you have any questions about this or anything else then give us a call. We are always ready to talk shop.

MMA Mat and BJJ mats are great for Wrestling Mats

All You Need For Your Gym

When planning a new martial arts or MMA gym it can often be a daunting task. Trying to piece together all the things you need can be time consuming and it is even harder to find someone you can rely on. At EzyMats we have all you need to fit out your next or new training gym. We have a full range of safety mats to cover your floors and walls to better protect your students from injury. To check out our full range of products in one place simply go to https://www.ezymats.com.au/products/. Here your will find our full range of gym mats for your martial arts club.

Our great range of mats includes:

EVA gym mats – we have a range of 20mm, 30mm and 40mm jigsaw mats. Our EVA gym mats come in a variety of colours which gives you great choice.

MMA Mats – our MMA mats come in a smooth finish which is great for grappling and helps eliminate mats burn.

Tatami Mats – our tatami mats are made from heavy duty vinyl and compressed foam.

Wall Mats – our wall padding is great for protecting students from impact with the wall.

So if you are fitting out your martial gym give Ezy Mats a call. We are the experts in gym mats fit out. We are trusted by organisations through out Australia.

EVA floor mats for martial arts centres and gyms

EVA Mats – What are they?

EVA mats is just another name for interlocking floor mats. EVA mats are manufactured using Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). It is also know as poly ethylene-vinyl acetate (PEVA). EVA is a copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetates and is an elastomeric polymer that produces materials which are “rubber-like” in softness and flexibility.

EVA’s rubber like qualities make it ideal for EVA floor mats. Especially mats that require anti-fatigue qualities. EVA is commonly know as expandable foam hence it is also commonly know as foam mats. EVA is commonly used in a number of products but our sole application is for interlocking floor mats.

Other applications include:

  • Ski boots
  • bicycles saddles
  • boxing glove and headgear
  • fishing rods
  • other sport shoes
  • substitute for cork

So if you need a good anti-fatigue mats for your martial arts or gym training look no further than EVA interlocking jigsaw mats. 

Contact Australia’s best EVA foam mat supplier Ezymats today.

Foam Mats for Pole Dancers

New Foam Mats for Pole Dancers

Ezymats foam mats were recently installed at Pole Fitness Studios at Canterbury. The black/grey 40mm foam mats were installed in the pole dancing training area to provide support for the students and trainers. The foam mats were successfully installed and look great with positive feedback received.

Pole Fitness Studios is run by experienced pole dancing instructor Angela Perry. The Studio is located in Canterbury close to the train station. Pole dancing classes are held throughout the day from Monday to Saturday. Classes at Pole Fitness Studio are a great way to keep fit and are lots of fun.

Contact details are: 193 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury + 0404 860 265