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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.

Training with jigsaw and gym mats

Canadian David Lemieux Stop Gary O’Sullivan on the Mats

Canadian David Lemieux was victorious in the first round of his fight with Ireland’s Gary O’Sullivan after a savage left hook that left the Irish fighter on the eva mat.

Lemieux was not happy after O’Sullivan team’s talked trash in the lead up to the fight. He gave them an emphatic response with his victory.

In reponse to the trash talking Lemieux said “Don’t p*** me off guys,”. “I guess the message must be clear, I don’t like the trash talking at all that was done to me from O’Sullivan’s side so I kept it in me and I put to the right timing.

“I’m a respectable fighter, I come in the ring, I don’t disrespect my opponents, I train hard, I don’t trash talk and I respect that kind of behaviour.

“I felt great, I’m in superb shape. I gave you all a great knockout and a great event so I hope you’re all happy.”

Lemieux had previously fought Gennady Golovkin in 2015, said he’d like another shot at the champion. He would also like a shot at Alvarez he confirmed. Boxing ring generally use canvas but jigsaw mats are also used in some gym setups.

“I’m not rooting for anybody, I want to fight both of them,” he said in the post-bout interview.

“I think it’s a 50-50 chance fight. Canelo is an excellent boxer, so is Golovkin. It’s going to be an interesting fight”.

As it is Canelo went on to beat Golovkin via decision. In what was a very competitive fight the two of the three judges gave it to Canelo 115-113. It gave Alvarez the title via majority decision with the third judge scored it a 114-114 draw.

The fight was widely seen as a great fight with both fighters giving it their all. There is already talk of another Alvarez vs Canelo fight in the future to continue the rivalry. Both fighter would be wise to get back on their gym mats and training their hearts out until the next competition. Any fighter worth their weight in gold would spend most of their time training in their gym on their gym mats.

 

Donald trump and gym mats

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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US Dollar and gym mats and jigsaw mats

Market Watch and Gym Mats

The US dollar was the main mover with the Australian Dollar closing higher for the third day in a row. The US dollar index gave up 0.35% as it continued to drift lower from its fourteen month high. Also the Australian Dollar lifted by  0.35% against the NZ Dollar. The other Aussie crosses were little changed. Overall it the AUD has stabilised after falling somewhat over the last few weeks.

The USD’s drop was initiated by Federal Reserve member Bostic saying he expected only one more rate hike in 2018. He predicted three rate hikes at the beginning of the year, saying he was open to a fourth if the economy grew fast enough. However trade tensions have provided downside risk. Markets still believe two rate hikes are on the cards, in September and December.

Politics has returned to the fore with Malcolm Turnbull facing a real leadership challenge. The nuances of politics are for other platforms but this kind of instability can unsettle the currency. Typically a quick move to change leadership contains the damage but a protracted situation could destabilise the Aussie dollar.​

Although the dollar has come down a bit over recent weeks it is yet to effect the price of jigsaw mats. The price of jigsaw mats is still stable and they are well priced. As Ezy Mats have large stock quantities in their expansive warehouses they are able to ride out any fluctuation in the currency market. The large range of gym mats also makes it easy to contain pricing.

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Market Watch EVA Foam Mats

Donald Trump’s recent moves with tariffs and trade barriers have had a remarkable effect on the US dollars value against other currency. This has been accompanied with severely fluctuating equity markets which have been spoked by the prospect of a trade war with China and America’s other trading partners. All of this has had an effect on USD / RMB exchange rate with the Chinese currency climbing against the USD. 

When the USD loses value against the Chinese currency it inevitably leads to a rise in manufactured goods as they become costlier in USD value. Fortunately the USD / AUD exchange rate hasn’t fluctuated so much so that the rise in imported goods from China have not risen so much. The same can be said about EVA foam mats which have also been effected by recent market fluctuations. Although Ezymats have been able to absorb some of the price rises there has been an effect on the price of 40mm EVA foam mats.

There is a likelihood that the recent moves by the Trump administration is just a bargaining plow designed to extract better trade deals for the USA. If that is the case then it is hoped that the currency fluctuations and general market fluctuations will settle down and the effect on EVA foam mat pricing with be limited.

 

Donald Trump Trade War with China and Jigsaw Mats

Donald Trump’s Trade War With China Effect on Jigsaw Mats

Probably everyone has heard about Donald Trumps new tariffs against steel and now a whole range of goods worth $60 Billion against China. This is a trade conflict which has been brewing for some time now. Indeed Donald Trump was very vocal about his intention to fight China in trade and their perceived protection of their own industries. Now he has spoken with a whole range of tariffs and indeed China has reciprocated with its own.

Whilst the tariffs are only on Chinese goods entering the United States of America they are going to have a profound effect of global trade and pricing. China is a large purchaser of commodities from a range of countries including Australia. Any disruption to the supply chain can have a domino effect. So for example if China no longer needs as many such commodities then it may exert downward pressure on their prices. Similarly a cut in their own production might push prices higher for others.

How this will effect jigsaw mats remains to be seen. Jigsaw mats are manufactured from EVA which is a petroleum by-product. Therefore any movement in petroleum based products can have an effect on pricing. But on the other hand if Chinese access becomes to the US market becomes limited there may be excess supply of jigsaw puzzle mats which could push prices lower for the rest of the world. So as you can see the effect that Donald Trump’s new protectionist policies have on global jigsaw mat pricing is varied.

The same can be said about all types of gym mats. With the exception of some mats, like Zebra Mats which are manufactured in Germany, and other specialist mats, most gym mats are manufactured in China these days. Indeed most low cost products are manufactured in China or other countries in Asian. So if there is a disruption to the markets then one would expect an effect on the pricing of such products. What effect they will have we will have to wait and see.

Angela Magana Nipples

Angela Magana Suffers Nipple Slip on Mat

Angela Magana has suffered a wald-robe malfunction during UFC 218 with her nipple exposed during the fight. Unfortunately the episode distracted from what was a brilliant fight between two seasoned fighters. It is unfortunate that something so trivial could detract from what was a significant event in the UFC history.  Any fight on the MMA mat  should be taken more seriously then something so ridiculous. Fortunately Angela can keep her head up high for what was a great effort.

What is a little know fact is that MMA fighters more then likely have trained on jigsaw mats in there lives. Gym mats are an integral part of any training regime. It is almost certain that Angela Magana at some point trained on jigsaw mats. Make no mistake, jigsaw mats are the best possible option for inexpensive mats for any person requiring training mats for MMA training. If a person were to look for a great training mat that would look no further then gym mats.

Jigsaw mats are an integral component to any training gym. They are a relatively cheap alternative and are great for any professional or home gym. Anyone looking to train in MMA should consider EVA mats for there training area. People looking for such mats should look no further then a professional gym mat supplier.

 

 

 

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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.

Martial Arts Mats for Krava Maga and BJJ

Martial Arts Mats Increasingly Popular

The proliferation of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Krava Maga and other combat sports has greatly increase the popularity of martial arts mats. With a lot of these activities there is a great likelihood of being thrown to the ground. Whats more there are drills which occur on the ground which require protection to lessen the impact.

If you look at Krava Maga, which is an Israeli self-defence system, there are lots of moves which see your partner thrown to the ground, sometimes even violently. The danger of sustaining injury through these encounters requires some kind of safety mat to mitigate the force of the through. This is where martial arts mats come in and are effective in reducing the risk of getting hurt.

With martial arts like BJJ and grappling there is a definite need for martial arts mats. You will not see a school or training area for these systems that is not fitted out with gym mats of some kind. Sometimes they are roll out mats at other times they will use foam mats or jigsaw mats. Generally they will be an interlocking mat however for a more durable mat they will often took at using tatami mats or MMA mats. One thing is for sure. They will have a martial arts mat of one kind or the other.

So if you are looking at improving the safety of your schools environment then consider a safety mat. They are often light weight and easy to more and store, and they are sure to at least reduce the risk of injury. Of course the best prevention for injury is common sense and care.

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.