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Market Watch Training Mats and EVA Mats

The Aussie Dollar declined for the 3rd week in a row, although the range was limited to 57 points.. The RBA meeting revealed in their minutes  that they had considered a rate cut on Melbourne Cup day, but then decided against it. This in turn increases the chance that they will cut rates next week, although it is not yet know. Hopefully they won’t cut rates as it will have a negative impact on the Australian dollar and therefor the price of training mats such as EVA jigsaw  mats and gym mats. Every time the dollar falls it again puts pressure on training mats pricing.

The problem is that it is not only the Australian economy that is having trouble. The OECD predicted that the world economy would grow at just 2.9% this year, which is its weakest growth rate for over a decade. The richest countries also forecast little improvement in growth over the next two years. It blamed, among other things, political uncertainty and the Sino-American trade war, and called for clearer climate-change policies. What they should really be blaming is their own structural problems which they have failed to address due to political gridlock. In this environment the price of training mats will surely continue to suffer. Luckily people have a high tolerance too pricing as they just like to train.

The kind of training mats that will be effected if the Australian dollar were to fall would be:

  • EVA Mats
  • Gym Mats
  • Jigsaw Mats
  • Yoga Mats
  • Tatami Mats
  • Wall Mats

So pretty much all kinds of mats. The best way to mitigate this would be to buy your mats now. Otherwise you can buy them as you need them with the knowledge that you have some pretty good suppliers in this country like:

  • Ezy Mats
  • Southern Cross Mats
  • Direct Mats

With suppliers like the above servicing the national market you can’t go wrong.

 

Mixed Martial Arts Mats

Made in China And Made In Germany MMA Mats

Not long ago I created a page stating that our mats are not Zebra Mats. The reason I did that was because Zebra Mats have almost become a generic term due to their popularity. They have been around for a long time. These day people are just as likely to say they need to get some Zebra Mats for their gym and they would just use the generic term of MMA Mats. So it is understandable that a person could confuse the two. It is much the same as people used to refer to vacuuming as hoovering in the past, or gyprocking instead of dry-walling.  So in that context would could understand where I am coming from on the issue.

Whilst MMA mats can be said to be all the same the reality is not quite that simple. Yes it is true that a MMA mat is an MMA mats but there might be some differences. Like our National Sales Manager say, “They are like a Mercedes and a Holden. They will both get you there”. That is a very true statement. They are both great for training MMA. The specs are the same. The material is very similar. The main difference is that Zebra Mats, as far as I know, are made in Germany. Our MMA mats on the other hand are made in China just like all our mats.

There was a time in the past when things made in China were considered inferior. That is quickly changing. These days even Mercedes cars are made in China to the same specs as they are in Germany. The level and quality of equipment available to factories in China now is almost on par with factories in the West. All of this means that the products themselves are catching up. On the flip side you have wage differences. It used to be that wages in China were much lower than other countries which made their manufactured goods also much lower. This too is changing. A wages in China increase so too has the price of manufactured goods.

So as the above  shows it is that there has been a convergence between what is made in places like Germany and China. With martial arts mats there is no exception. They are catching up in quality, if that haven’t caught up already. You still have a chance to benefit from the lower prices that are still available. Booyah!

Foam Mats

Fluctuating Market For EVA Mats and Foam Mats

Markets fluctuate for everything. Prices go up and down for all sorts of goods depending on supply and demand. It is simple mathematics. If you have more of any particular good then you can sell then that will inevitably drive down the price of that good as you try and sell it. If demand is higher than supply than you would be comfortable putting up the price of that products as you know that chances are that you will be able to get more money for it than before. Also you will be keen to sell it for more because you know that when you go to replenish your suppliers there is a chance that it will cost you more to replace them.

These are the economic fundamentals that every company and indeed individual needs to live by. Obviously companies need to make money and individuals need to survive. So they nee to keep track of what things cost such as EVA Mats and Foam Mats. Just like any other product the price of EVA mats and foam mats is determined by supply and demand. If the factories are producing more of these training mats than the market requires then the price will fall. If they produce less then the opposite will happen. The chances are that the factories will only produce mats when they are sold so this will rarely be why the price has moved.

The other factor effecting the price of manufactured goods such as EVA mats and foam mat is the price of commodities. If the price of the inputs materials goes up then this will effect the price of the finished product. So for example the price of oil might effect the price of EVA mats because EVA is a petroleum by-product and therefore is tied to its price. Other things that might effect it are currency fluctuations. As most manufactured goods made in Asia are calculated in USD, should its price change compared to the Aussie dollar then that also could have an effect.

So as you see when looking at the price of EVA mats and foam mats it is clear that they are influenced by many factors. The moral of the story is that if you see them fall in price and you need some then buy them then and there.

Jigsaw Mats

Training Mats Can Save Your Life

I don’t know if you remember the old ad that they had running back in the eighties called, “Life be in it”. There was that fat guy Norm sitting in his chair and he was being encouraged to go and do some exercise. They were encouraging him to get out and play with the kids, go for a walk, do some exercise etc. The purpose of the ad was to encourage people to get active so that they could improve their health. It was a great ad and I am sure that there are plenty of people out there who remember the ad. I for one do and it still plays on my mind to get out and do some training.

I reckon these days they should be doing more of those ads. Maybe they could change them a bit and tell people to get some training mats and do so exercise. Sure I would have a vested interest in people buying training mats and getting out and doing some training. I mean people would buy more mats such as;

I mean wouldn’t it be great if they did actual get themselves some training mats such as these, got off their backside and did some training. It really wouldn’t matter what they were training for. They could be training for the City to Surf, they could be training for the Olympics, they could be training for anything they could think of. The main thing is that they would be training for something and in the process they would be improving their health. Not much can be gained from sitting on ones bottom and just watching television all day long. You might be able to make a nice indent in your arm chain, but that is pretty much it.

Using training mats, whether they are jigsaw mats or any other mats is just the start. After that the sky is the limit. They best thing about choosing to use training mats is that you know you will train for longer. So by being smart and planning you training you can extend your training life. This means reducing injuries and generally having a better training life and have a life full stop.

UFC

Israel Adesanya Knocks Out Robert Whittaker in UFC 243

Israel Adesanya made headlines by knocking out Robert Whittaker with a right hook-left hook combination at 3 minutes, 33 seconds of the second round in the main event of UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. The fight took place on Saturday  before a huge crowd of 57,127 spectators.. Adesanya has now unified the middleweight title with the stoppage victory against Whittaker. Although Adesanya was a favourite to win he was not a heavy favourite considering Whittakers reputation. Israel came in as the interim champion, and Whittaker was the lineal champion (I would explain the different but not now. Maybe next time).

Although the left hand that connected sent Whittaker flying across the mats, you can expect him to be back on his on his EVA jigsaw mats in no time training for his next fight. he might even fight Israel again at some point in a rematch. One would certainly hope that Whittaker will be given another chase at the title. He spent hours in the gym on eva jigsaw mats training for this fight. He will surely spend many more on jigsaw mats training for any future battles he may have in the UFC or any other MMA competition.
 
Indeed eva jigsaw mats and jigsaw mats in generally are the favoured mats of champions. You will practically find EVA jigsaw mats in almost ever MMA and martial arts gym out there. Whilst they may also use other kinds of gym mats EVA mats are popular because they are easily replaced and inexpensive. As you can imagine most MMA gyms would have heaps of people coming in and out and high volume of practitioners. For that reason it makes sense to have mats which can withstand the test of time.
Foam Mats for Gym

Every Gym Needs Foam Mats

There seems to have been a resurgence or gyms lately especially with the advent of the 24 hour gym. Indeed 24 hour gyms are all the rage at the moment and have really taken away a lot of business from regular traditional gyms. Traditional gyms are struggling nowadays because people want flexibility away from all the contracts and nonsense. I mean how important is it to be able to buy a protein shake from the gym bar when all you need is a vending machine with some water and juices. Even though the format of gyms is changing lots of the fundamentals have stayed the same.

Even though some things have changed there is one thing that hasn’t – the need for foam mats. Although you will still find carpet in the main areas and rubber mats under the weight you will still find foam mats in almost ever gym. That is because almost every gym still needs to have an aerobic type of train area. Any time you have vigorous activity happening you need to have some foam mats to lessen the impact. Gym owners know that the training public demands it and of course the customer is always right. Plus there is the added benefit of reducing the impact of training so the gym users can keep coming back

The most common form or foam mats are jigsaw mats. Jigsaw mats are the most popular form of foam mats because they can be easily installed and they are inexpensive. They are also easy to replace if one of them gets damaged, instead of having to replace them all. The other alternative would be to have a patch where something has happened which would look unseemly. Jigsaw foam mats have been around for ages simple because they are so convenience and gyms were amongst the first to embrace them.

Although gyms were amongst the first to embrace foam mats they are not the last. You can bet that you will see them wherever you go for years to come yet.

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Karate Mats versus Jiu-Jitsu Mats

In the world of fight there are a heaps of different martial arts and most of them are traditional. Some martial arts are modern like Krava Maga, the Israeli martial art, and Sambo from Russian, but the vast majority are traditional. In saying they are traditional martial arts I mean that they have historical significance which sometime includes ceremonial aspects. These traditional martial arts come from everywhere including Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Africa and so forth. Every tribe and people it would seem has a traditional form of fighting.

Two of the traditional martial arts from Japan are karate and jiu-jitsu. Both of the martial arts are traditional and both of the arts require some kind or training mats as part of their training. Jiu-jitsu requires jiu-jitsu mats and karate requires karate mats. Whilst both these arts are similar in that they are both from Japan and both require martial arts mats for training, this is where the similarities end. Whilst they might have these two things in common essential they are different which is reflected in the type of mats they use for training.

Karate means empty hand in Japanese. Essential karate is a form of unarmed combat. Saying that it does have some weapons but they main focus of the art is hand to hand fighting. The art uses kicks and punches to defeat an opponent. There are some throws involved but they a just rudimentary. Karate is thought of as a hard style due to the yelling and such but a good and seasoned fight is in tune with both his / her mind and body. The hazard in karate is in getting hit and falling to the ground which is why having karate mats is so important. Karate mats help reduce the impact with the ground therefor minimising impact. 

In karate the kind of martial arts mats used is usually jigsaw mats. The jigsaw mats are made from EVA which is a closed cell mats. There are schools of karate that use traditional tatami mats. But you usually find them in places like Okinawa in very traditional schools. These day the karate mats being used tend to be jigsaw mats. Also karate mats tends be 20mm jigsaw mats or at the most 30mm jigsaw mats as they offer enough protect from falls but don’t inhibit stand up training. The 40mm jigsaw mats tend to be used by grappling arts that do most of their training on the floor.

This brings us to jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is also a traditional Japanese martial art. Jiu-jitsu, or jujutsu as it is also know, means “gentle art” in Japanese. This is because it endeavours to take a soft approach to self-defence and uses minimal strikes like punching and kicking. Jiu-jitsu, or jujutsu, mainly uses throws and submissions to subdue an opponents. The aim is to have the opponent to submit without getting hurt or causing injury to the victim of the attach, the jiu-jitsu practitioner. Even though it is referred to as the gentle art there is still a chance to get injured during training which is why jiu-jitsu mats or jujutsu mats are required for training.

As mentioned before the type of mats required my karate and jiu-jitsu are different. With jiu-jitsu there is an emphasis on throws just like in judo. The need to practice throws means that there is a need for jiu-jitsu mats to be able to offer more protection during training. For this reason jiu-jitsu mats are usually 40mm thick or more. Sometime 40mm jigsaw mats are used but more often they are tatami mats.  Tatami mats have the traditional tatami finish. They come with an inner compressed foam and an outer vinyl cover. The thickness of the jiu-jitsu mat means that there is less opportunity for injury during training which is what makes them so good for this kind of training.

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Political Events Effect Jigsaw Mats Pricing

It is hard to believe that something that happens half a world away could effect jigsaw mats pricing in Australia. Just as throwing a stone on a lake can have a ripple effect so can the political gyrations in another country have an effect on what happens right here. When there is a major event overseas it inevitable effects the markets and all the markets are intertwined. That explains why the ASX will go down after a major down turn in the Dow Jones or Nasdaq. So it is not inconceivable that such an effect can be had on the market for jigsaw mats or MMA mats.

In Europe yesterday the markets were hit with the news that Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, resigned after a rival tabled a no-confidence vote against him and called for new elections. With the Northern League  surging in the polls, fresh elections could be held if a new coalition government cannot be formed. The political turmoil in the Eurozone’s 3rd largest economy (Italy)  could further dent fragile confidence in the European economy. The European block is the world’s largest economy so should things turn sour there then you can bet your bottom line that that will reverberate throughout the entire world. Even the market for jigsaw mats and MMA mats.

So what can we expect the effect to be on jigsaw mats and MMA mats? Well as with all martial arts mats, jigsaw mats are produced using closed cell EVA. This is why they are also often referred to as EVA Mats. Should world events have an effect on commodities then they will also have an effect on EVA mats as the material used to make the mats is a tradable commodity. So if the markets somehow effect the supply chains, such as Trumps trade war with China, then it is not hard to imagine the effect it would have on jigsaw mats and MMA mats. So when you hear of something happening in Italy like political turmoil, or protect in Hong Kong, then logically your thought should focus on what effect those events might have on markets that you rely on.

Some like Direct Mats rely heavily on the markets for the raw materials used to make jigsaw mats and MMA mats. So it is only natural that they would keep track of these events to understand how they might effect their business and give them a chance to plan ahead.

 

The best mats for your gym

MMA Mats and EVA Mats For Your Gym

Home gyms are a wonderful thing to have. They give you the freedom to training when ever you want and how ever you want. You don’t have to worry about sweaty equipment left behind by the grubs that frequent these gyms, dirty towels all over the place and machines being used when you want to use them. Sure the proliferation of 24 hour gyms helps but with cheaper gyms come more of the above. So doing it yourself is a great way to go. The best thing is that you don’t have to be loaded to be able to do it. People from all demographics have access to great gym equipment to buy.

That is why people opt to have their own home gyms these days. Sure there are draw backs with have a home gym. Firstly you need to have the space. Secondly you have to fork out for all the equipment. But despite the draw backs people are still aiming for having just that. And these days you don’t have to be a millionaire to have your own home gym. The most important thing is that you have some MMA mats or EVA mats to start with. It is important to have some good MMA or EVA mats in your home gym because you want to start off doing things right.

When thinking about the best equipment for your mats should be the first thing on your mind. With MMA mats and EVA mats there are a few things you should be looking out for. Are they good quality? Will they last long? How much do they cost and will they fit within your budget? These are all things that you should think about before you embark on fitting out your home gym. If you pick the wrong MMA mat or EVA mat then you might regret it. So chosing the right mat and taking the time out to get the best training mats for your gym is always worth the effort.

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Jigsaw Mats Market Watch

There has been volatility in the markets of the last week due continued trade friction between the two largest economies. The devaluation of the RMB by the Chinese Central Bank also sent shock waves through out the world markets. The result of which were a fall in the AUD and general volatility in the stock market includes the market for jigsaw mats. The fluctuation in the value of the AUD in particular has had an enormous effect on the sale of jigsaw mats, most of which come from overseas and are valued in USD.

Furthermore, the RBA cut its growth forecasts for the Australian economy for this year to 2.5% and reduced its expectations for 2020. It also pushed out the date for which it expects inflation to return to target. The RBA has already cut interest rates by 0.5% and the door was left open for further cuts. The market factoring in  further easing in November and February, which could see the interest rate cut to a historic low of 0.5%. The current rate is 1%.

Trumps New 10% Tariff on China and Gym Mats

Donald Trump again rattled markets by saying that he would impose an extra 10% tariff on $300billion of Chinese imports from September 1st. The new tariff is on remaining goods that had not yet been targeted by Trump. This came after two-day talks between American and Chinese negotiators ended with little signs of progress. The next round of meetings is scheduled for September so there will be some wait before there is any more negotiations on the matter. The news shook financial markets with stocks dropping in both the US and globally. In Australia the AUDUSD is traded below 0.68 for the first time in a decade.

The drop in the value of the AUD is not good news for Australia. Although it makes exports cheaper it has the opposite affect for imported goods. Unfortunately Australia is not strong in manufacturing so it is not like there is going to be a sudden boom in goods export. Our farmers might benefit a bit but there is no real benefit overall. It is not like manufacturing countries like Germany, China or the USA who see tangible benefits when their currencies depreciate.

So what can we expect from the latest depreciation in the AUD? We can expect the price of gym mats to go up. Gym mats and other training mats such as MMA mats, tatami mats and jigsaw mats are manufactured overseas. These mats are mostly manufactured in China and are then shipped to Australia.  They are also priced in USD which means that any change in the exchange rate has an effect on the cost of gym mats when they arrive here. Gym mats are not the only goods which are effected my a fluctuating exchange rate. Other goods such as cars, furniture and TVs are also effected. 

So Trumps latest tariff is sure to have a negative effect on the Australian economy. This is why the markets have reacted in the way they have and punished the Australian Dollar. As Australia is highly dependant on the Chinese for exports it is assumed that any negative effect on China will translate into a negative impact here. What they don’t realise is that when America attacked Chinese exports and by extension their manufacturing sector the Chinese just invest more in infrastructure which which requires the minerals that Australia sells. Once they realise that then things will go back to normal.

Benefit of Exercise for Kids and Jigsaw Mats

Benefit of Exercise for Kids and Jigsaw Mats

When you think about exercise you most likely think about  working out in the gym, running, or doing weights. Our normal perception of exercise is more regimented and formal. This is probably a reflection of what life has become when someone reaches adulthood. Somehow we forget they being active doesn’t need to mean joining the gym or a pilates class. Although there is nothing wrong and everything right about having standardised exercise regimes.

For kids exercise can means a lot more than the kind of exercises that adults typically take part in. For kids it is more a matter of playing and being physically active. Kids tend to have the opportunity to exercise much more often than adults. They get to exercise when they have physical education at school, during recess, at soccer practice, while riding bikes and scooters, or when playing hop scotch. They only get the chance to do this if that are cooped up somewhere playing computer games as is the trend nowadays.

Benefits of Exercise For Kids

Active kids benefit by having:

  • stronger muscles and bones
  • leaner healthier bodies
  • less risk of obesity
  • a lower chance of diabetes
  • lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  • more positive attitudes
  • better sleep
  • more friends

It is essential that kids have a good surface to play on when they are engaging in these activities. To this end gym mats are absolutely necessary. Having gym mats whilst exercising means there is less of an impact on limbs and joints. With good gym mats kids can play longer without whilst lowering the risk of impact related injuries. While it is difficult to pinpoint the best kind of gym mats a very popular type is jigsaw mats.

Jigsaw mats have been know to be extensively used in schools and other organisations. With jigsaw mats you have an inexpensive product which is highly beneficial for kids engaging in physical activity. It doesn’t even need to be a formal activity. Kids can play and jump around on jigsaw mats during recess or play all sort of game.

 

 

Holly Holmes fighting Amanda Nunes at UFC 239

Nunes Knocks Out Holm to Defend Bantamweight Belt

Amanda Nunes defeated Holly Holmes to retain her bantamweight belt at UFC 239. The fight started out in Holmes’ favour as she pressed the fight forward throwing head kicks and pretty much showing a strong stand up fight. Amanda defended well even though she was on the back foot for a while. Although the fight was looking promising for Holly, Amanda was able to hold on and eventually turned the fight around. After some near misses she landed a round house kick flush on Holly’s head which sent her to the mat. The was no recovering from what was a powerful kick and the fight was declared in favour of Nunes.

What is next for both Nunes and Holmes is anyones guess. Holmes is a former champion but has had mixed results in her fight career. She is still a skilled and talented fighter and this loss to Nunes will not effect her legacy in the UFC. As a mixed martial artist she is ranked up there with the best of them. Unfortunately the women’s division is packed with other equally talented fights making it difficult for any one fighter to dominate.

Amanda Nunes with continue on her journey as the champion. She will surely continue her training on MMA mats and jigsaw mats to maintain her skill and keep her ready for her next fight. There are still a lot of other contenders in the division who will want a crack at the title. Who her next opponent is will probably be decided in the no too distant future. What is sure is that this bantamweight division will continue to excite for some time to come.

Jigsaw Mat Market Watch

The Reserve Bank in their infinite wisdom cut interest rates by another quarter percent. Te initial reaction of the markets was to push the AUD lower.  The losses of Monday and Tuesday recovered and the AUD went though 0.7030 which now seems to be a point of resistance. Rallies in global stock markets drove the American indices to all-time highs, although one point of warning is that stock markets peak three to six months after the Fed’s first rate cut of an easing cycle.

In other news the Australian economic data was encouraging as the country recorded its highest ever trade surplus. Export values increased by 6% and imports by 1%. The increase in overall trade will be a boon to GDP. It is strange that even in face of record trade surpluses the economy needs a boast through lower interest rates. Either the government is doing something wrong or we need to rip out even more iron ore out of the ground.

Luckily for the price of jigsaw mats the lift in the AUD is supporting the current price structure. It was feared that any further decline in the price of the AUD would impact jigsaw mat pricing. As it is the price of jigsaw mats and EVA mats is current stable and should remain so in the distant future. This is great because EVA mats have never been more popular then they are right now. They continue to fly out the door at an unprecedented rate. With any luck this should be our biggest year ever for EVA mats and jigsaw mats.

Alexander Rakic Fight Night Stockholm Sweden

Alexander Rakic Wins Against Jimi Manuwa

Alexander Rakic beat Jimi Manuwa at the UFC Fight Night in Stockholm. Rakic from Austria landed a spectacular head kick to win by knockout at 42 seconds into the first round in Sweden. Manuwa is the best opponent that Alexander has faced so far in his fledgeling career. He certainly made an impression with what was a quick and violent end to the much anticipated fight.

Rakic will now certainly return to the gym mats to further his training in anticipation for more fights in the future. The seasoned Thai boxer now has five wins to him name in the UFC and at a relatively young age of 27, will certainly have many more fight both on the jigsaw mats and in the ring. Generally fighters of his calibre would be inclined to use jigsaw mats when chosing which gym mats to use during their training camps.

Conor McGregor arrested for sexual assault in Ireland

Conor McGregor Retires and Then Investigated For Sexual Assault

A day after he retired MMA fighter Conor McGregor has apparently been investigated for sexual assault. The alleged incident apparently took place in a hotel in Ireland that McGregor frequents. Whilst being investigated no charges have been laid and the star is yet to be convicted and no further information is known. The investigation comes one day after Conor announced his retirement from the sport. Citing his immense wealth and other business interests Conor indicated that he has no more interested in competing in the sport. It makes sense considering the $100M that he earned from his Mayweather fight and other business interests he has going on.

In other news Direct Mats has a new shipment of MMA mats coming to Sydney. The MMA mats will be coming to our Sydney warehouse but will be available for delivery Australia-Wide. The shipment will consist of MMA mats, jigsaw mats and tatami mats:

  • Black MMA Mats
  • Grey MMA Mats
  • Black Tatami Mats
  • Grey Tatami Mats
  • Black/Grey Jigsaw Mats
  • Black/Grey Tatami Jigsaw Mats

The new delivery lift our stock level and make sure we have a continual stock available for our valued customers.

 

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The AUD Effect on Jigsaw Mats and MMA Mats

You may  have noticed but the Australian dollar has been very volatile against the American Dollar. In fact it has lately been volatile against all the major currencies including the Yen, the Euro and the British Pound. The reason for this is varied but it has been a consistent theme since the beginning of the year. Against the USD this can be explained by the trade war between China and the USA. Australia being highly dependent on China for trade means any time there is an issue there it effect our currency. The Euro is being influenced by economic troubles there and the British Pounded has been pounded (excuse the pun) by uncertainly about the Brexit. 

The biggest impact on Australia is when there is extreme fluctuation with the USD. Australia is a commodities bases economy with all our major exports sold in USD. So any fluctuation there has an extreme impact on us. This also includes imports like MMA mats and jigsaw mats. Obviously when the value of the AUD goes down then the cost of our exports to other markets also goes done. This usually has the effect of increasing demand for our exports. On the flip side when the dollar goes down it also has an effect on MMA mats and jigsaw mats by increasing their price. Both MMA mats an jigsaw mats are a consumer product and are not considered a commodity. If the price for them goes up in one country it is not easy to find a replacement. So in effect if it difficult to switch suppliers.

It is for this reason that the price of both MMA mats and jigsaw mats could go up in the future if the value of the Australian Dollar continues to fall against the American dollar.

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Market Watch Jigsaw Mats

The AUD gained and all the usual gauges associated with global growth rose. There is growing optimism that this week’s round of talks between China and the US on trade will result in US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Trade Representative Lighthizer are set to hold talks on Thursday and Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the top economic adviser to President Xi Jinping.
  
The AUD has suffered in recent months falling by more then 2% since the New Year. This has mainly been due to the softening property market which is coming off a multi-year boom. With prices down more then 10% in some districts it has had the effect of dampening consumer demand. This has got some people talking about a interest rate cut instead of an increase which had previously been factored in for 2019.
 
The effect on consumer goods such as jigsaw mats and gym mats had so far been limited. In fact there has been an increase in demand for jigsaw mats and MMA mats and tatami mats in the New Year. The main reasons for this are:
 
  • New gym openings especially MMA and BJJ
  • Gyms replacing old mats and upgrading
  • Government departments increasing spending
  • People seeking new fitnesses challenges

It is then no wonder that there are currently multiple containers heading for Australia filled with jigsaw mats  and other training and martial arts mats. It is expected that this trend with continue despite the fluctuating AUD.

 

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