April 16, 2001
News Release 01-050
Inv. No. 731-TA-922 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON AUTOMOTIVE REPLACEMENT GLASS WINDSHIELDS FROM CHINA

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 automotive replacement glass windshields from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Dennis M. Devaney voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation of imports of automotive replacement glass windshields from China, with its preliminary determination due on or about August 7, 2001.

The Commission's public report Automotive Replacement Glass Windshields from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-922 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3414, April 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 14, 2001, 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

Automotive Replacement Glass Windshields from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-922 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products covered by this investigation, as defined by the Department of Commerce, consist of automotive replacement glass (ARG) "windshields, and parts thereof, whether clear or tinted, whether coated or not, and whether or not they include antennas, ceramics, mirror buttons or VIN notches, and whether or not they are encapsulated. ARG windshields are laminated safety glass (i.e., two layers of (typically float) glass with a sheet of clear or tinted plastic in between (usually polyvinyl butyral)), which are produced and sold for use by automotive glass installation shops to replace windshields in automotive vehicles (e.g., passenger cars, light trucks, vans, sport utility vehicles, etc.) that are cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged . . . Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are automotive windshields sold for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) (i.e., automobile manufacturers)." The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 7007.21.10 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  PPG Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; Safelite Glass Corp., Columbus, OH;
   and Apogee Enterprises, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  February 28, 2001.
4. Conference:  March 21, 2001.
5. USITC vote:  April 16, 2001.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  April 16, 2001.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 2000:  7.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota,
   North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2000:  2,004.
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2000:  5,670,285 ARG windshields (valued at $353.7 million).
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2000:  13,174,596 ARG windshields (valued at $653.4 million).
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2000:  China, 13.7 percent.

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2000:  China, 1,808,630 ARG windshields.
2. Value (landed, duty-paid) of subject imports in 2000:  China, $52.4 million.

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