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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.

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.

Croatian World Cup 2018

Croatia Runners Up in Football World Cup 2018

After an almost perfect run in the 2018 World Cup in Russia Croatia were the runners up in a nail biting contest against France. In what was one of the best finals in living history France were able to prevail in somewhat controversial circumstances which say the Croatian side lose the only game in this years world cup. Albeit in the final.

What started as a promising game the Croatians dominated from the start. In fact Croatia had over sixty percent of possession of the ball in the game. A dubious penalty close to the box saw the first penalty against Croatia. What was obviously a dive by the French player was then converted into a goal when the ball touched the head of the Croatian player and then went into the goal for an own goal against Croatia.

Croatia then scored a brilliant goal which was the game equalised to 1-1 between the sides. The goal was truly an act of brilliance and served to lift the Croatian side.

Another corner to France saw another dubious penalty awarded to France in front of the box when the ball touched the arm of the Croatian player and a hand ball was awarded. What would normally would have been dismissed was counted as a hand ball after it went to the new VAR technology which saw the referee award the penalty to the French side which they converted.

With the Croatian side stunned the French quickly converted two quick goals which saw the valiant Croatian side on there back foot and 4-1 down in the competition. A brilliant goal from Mandžulic saw the game go to 4-2 and the momentum quickly turned back to Croatia. Just as the side started to reassert itself a couple of streakers ran onto the field from the Russian protest group “Pussy Riot” which again sapped momentum from the Croatian from which they never recover with the game going to the French 4-2 in the end.

The chequered colour of the Croatian teams jersey is similar to the Ezymats colours. Even the logo resembled the chequers. Also I have it from a goal source that the Croatian side sometimes uses jigsaw mats during their indoor training sessions, although this has not been independently verified.

Abu Dhabi Pros MMA Mats

Abu Dhabi Pro Use MMA Mats

The Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Youth Championship were held from April 22 and 23 in UAE, while the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship kicked off on April 24. The event started with a big opening ceremony and was accompanied by the King of Mats competitions. The event continued until April 27 and was followed by the final round of the black and brown belts.  The Abu Dhabi Pros  then came to an end on April 29 with the Abu Dhabi World Award ceremony.

What is interesting to note is that the Abu Dhabi used professional MMA mats. While it was unclear where they were sourced they were absolutely professional mats which would have been great for rolling and general competition. The MMA mats, just like ours, have a smooth surface, which helps eliminate mat burn. This would have been especially welcomed by the participants. Most grappling competitions now use either smooth MMA mats of tatami mats as was evident in this years Judo Championships.

While many of the participant would train on EVA mats (also known as jigsaw puzzle mats) in their home countries they are generally no longer used in competitions like the Abu Dhabi Pros. The Abu Dhabi Pros are one of the largest BJJ competitions in the world. The other choice for many students of BJJ is just general jigsaw mats of exercise mats. Exercise mats are essential for practitioners of BJJ both professional and amateurs. For people aspiring to competitions like the Abu Dhabi Pros it is essential to utilise a good exercise mats when training in the gym.

World-Wide jigsaw mats shipping

New Shipment Arrives in Melbourne

We have a new shipment arriving in Melbourne. The shipment consists of jigsaw mats. We had a 40′ container arrive today with jigsaw puzzle mats which had:

  • 300 x black/grey 40mm jigsaw mats
  • 300 x red/blue 40mm jigsaw mats
  • 300 x  black/red 40mm jigsaw mats
  • 150 x blue wall mats

We also have a container arriving on Monday which will consist of:

  • 500 x black/red 20mm jigsaw puzzle mats
  • 810 x red/blue 20mm jigsaw puzzle mats
  • 425 x red/black 30mm jigsaw puzzle mats
  • 500 x red/blue 30mm jigsaw puzzle mats
  • 100 x black/grey 30mm jigsaw puzzle mats

All the mats will be available for sale from Tuesday when they will have been unloaded and sorted in the warehouse. It is important for us to stock take the mats and to stack them so that they are easy to identify  when arranging them for delivery.  Our jigsaw gym mats are in high demand so be sure to reserve your mats.

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.

These are tatami mats for martial arts training and judo.

New Stock of MMA Mats in April

We are happy to announce that we have new stock of MMA mats and tatami mats arriving in our Sydney warehouse in April. The mats are running on schedule even though we just went through the busy period of Chinese New Year which effect production schedules. The shipment will consist of:

  • Grey MMA Mats
  • Black MMA Mats
  • Grey Tatami Mats
  • Black Tatami Mats

Both the MMA mats and the tatami mats will be 40mm thick and have dimensions of 2×1 metres. The mats are ideal for both martial arts training and other training such as yoga, gymnastics and cross training.

In the same shipment we will also have 600 jigsaw mats. The jigsaw mats will be:

  • Black / Grey
  • Black / Red
  • Blue / Red

Our mats tend to sell quickly so it is important to reserve your mats if you require them urgently. We would be happy to take a deposit in order to reserve the mats for you.

World-Wide jigsaw mats shipping

New Shipment of Jigsaw Mats Arriving Soon

Ezymats currently has a shipment of jigsaw mats coming to its Melbourne warehouse. The shipment is on the water and is scheduled to arrive in the next 2 weeks. The current shipment to our Melbourne warehouse consists of the following;

  • 20mm jigsaw puzzle mats
  • 30mm jigsaw puzzle mats
  • 40mm jigsaw puzzle mats

The colours available will be

  • Black / Grey
  • Black / Red
  • Blue / Red

Our Melbourne warehouse is now located in Cheltenham which is a central Melbourne location. The suburb is accessible via a number of major roadways. We also offer delivery if you are not able to come and pick up the jigsaw mats. Whether you need one jigsaw mat or a number of jigsaw mats we are here for you.

So if you are looking for jigsaw mats to deck out you home or professional gym then give us a call.

 

Interlocking Jigsaw Mats

Mat Damon Uses Interlocking Foam Mats In Home Gym

Whilst the above title seems like a statement it is almost like a question because although we can only assume we will never know unless we see for ourselves.

It is a well know fact that celebrities have lots to money and can afford things that the rest of us can on dream about doing. It would be no surprise that many of these celebrities have there own home gyms usually in one of the multi-million dollar mansions that they use. They have home gym which are fully equip with the latest gym equipment available on the market such as interlocking foam mats. Such resources are necessary to be able to maintain the kind of physiques necessary to be Hollywood stars.

Having personal trainer and the latest training equipment is not all that these Hollywood celebrities having in their home gyms. But having interlocking foam mats is absolutely necessary if they are to maintain the vigorous training needed to star in more films. If someone like Mat Damon were to have a home gym it is almost certain that he would have gym mats of some kind to lessen the impact or hard training. It would not be surprising it these were interlocking jigsaw mats as jigsaw mats are a very practical kind of training mat.