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NEWS RELEASE 99-160; NOVEMBER 19, 1999 November 19, 1999
News Release 99-160
Inv. No. 731-TA-811 (Final)

DRAMS OF ONE MEGABIT AND ABOVE FROM TAIWAN
DO NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made a negative final determination, finding that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of DRAMs of one megabit and above from Taiwan that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman and Stephen Koplan made a negative determination. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg made an affirmative determination. Commissioners Carol T. Crawford and Thelma J. Askey did not participate in this vote.

As a result of the negative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will not impose antidumping duties on these imports.

The Commission's public report DRAMs of One Megabit and Above from Taiwan (Investigation No. 731-TA-811 (Final), USITC Publication 3256, December 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after December 23, 1999, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

DRAMs from Taiwan
Investigation No. 731-TA-811 (Final)

Product Description: The imported products subject to this investigation are dynamic random access memory semiconductors (DRAMs) of one megabit and above. DRAMs are a class of volatile semiconductor memory that are used primarily as the main electronic memory in automatic data processing equipment such as personal computers, laptops, servers, workstations, and mainframe computers. DRAMs are also used in telecommunications equipment, data communications equipment, and consumer electronics products. All DRAM types are included in this investigation, whether assembled or unassembled. Assembled DRAMs include all package types and unassembled DRAMs include processed wafers or dice, uncut dice, and cut dice. Processed wafers fabricated in Taiwan, but packaged or assembled into memory modules in the United States or a third country(1) are included in these investigations. However, wafers fabricated in the United States or a third country but assembled in Taiwan are not included.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioner: Micron Technology, Inc., 8000 South Federal Way, Boise, ID 83707.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC: October 22, 1998.
4.  Public hearing: October 19, 1999.
5.  USITC vote: November 19, 1999.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: December 2, 1999.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of domestic producers in 1998: 14.
2.  Location of producers' plants: California, Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Vermont,
     Virginia, and Washington.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 1998: (2).
4.  U.S. producers' domestic shipments of DRAMs in 1998: $1.4 billion.
5.  U.S. consumption in 1998: $4.9 billion.
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports from all sources to U.S. consumption in 1998: (2).

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports in 1998: 2,464,169 billion bits.
2.  Value of subject imports in 1998: $450 million.
3.  Leading sources of imports in 1998: Republic of Korea and Japan. 


(1)  "Third countries" are all countries other than the United States and Taiwan.

(2)  Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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