February 11, 2000
News Release 00-027
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-864-867 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON CERTAIN STAINLESS STEEL BUTT-WELD PIPE FITTINGS
FROM GERMANY, ITALY, MALAYSIA, AND THE PHILLIPINES

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Germany, Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, Thelma J. Askey, and Deanna Tanner Okun made affirmative determinations.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Germany, Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines, with its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about June 6, 2000.

The Commission's public report Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Germany, Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-864-867 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3281, February 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after February 28, 2000, by calling 202-205- 1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Germany, Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-864-867 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings less than 14 inches in outside diameter, whether finished or unfinished. The product encompasses all grades of stainless steel and "commodity" and "specialty" fittings. The fittings subject to these investigations are generally designated under specification ASTM A403/A403M, the standard specification for wrought austenitic stainless steel pipe fittings. Pipe fittings manufactured to specification ASTM A774 are also covered by these investigations. Specifically excluded from the definition are threaded, grooved, and bolted fittings, and fittings made from any material other than stainless steel.

Status of Proceedings:

   1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
   2.  Petitioners:  Alloy Piping Products, Inc., Shreveport, LA; Flowline Division of
       Markovitz Enterprises, Inc., New Castle, PA; Gerlin, Inc., Carol Stream, IL; and
       Taylor Forge Stainless, Inc., North Branch, NJ.
   3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  December 29, 1999.
   4.  Commission's conference:  January 19, 2000.
   5.  USITC vote:  February 11, 2000.
   6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  February 14, 2000.


U.S. Industry:

   1.  Number of producers in 1998:  Eleven.
   2.  Location of producers' plants:  California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana,
       New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and
       Washington.
   3.  Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  491.
   4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  $71,160,000.
   5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption 
       in 1998:  32.1%.


U.S. Imports:

   1.  From the subject countries during 1998:  $11,633,000.
   2.  From other countries during 1998:  $7,790,000.
   3.  Leading sources during 1998:  Canada and Malaysia (in terms of total value).

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