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NEWS RELEASE 02-033; April 29, 2002 April 29, 2002
News Release 02-033
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-929-931 (F)

SILICOMANGANESE FROM INDIA, KAZAKHSTAN, AND VENEZUELA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela that the Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All five Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela.

The Commission's public report Silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela (Invs. Nos. 731-TA-929-931 (Final), USITC Publication 3405, May 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after May 28, 2002, 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

Silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-929-931 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is standard silicomanganese, a compound containing both manganese and silicon in addition to iron. (1)

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations: final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners: Eramet Marietta, Inc., Marietta, OH; and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical
       and Energy Workers International Union, Local 5-0639, Belpre, OH. 
3.  Investigations instituted by the USITC: April 6, 2001.
4.  USITC hearing: April 2, 2002.
5.  USITC vote: April 29, 2002.
6.  Notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 16, 2002.

                      
U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers of silicomanganese in 2000: 1. (2)
2.  Location of producer's plant: Marietta, OH.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2000: (3) 
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments (excluding exports)  in 2000: (3)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2000: (3)
6.  Ratio of quantity of subject imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2000: (3)

                    
U.S. Imports in 2000:
1.  From the subject countries: (3)
2.  From countries not subject to investigation: (3)

(1) Low-carbon silicomanganese is excluded from the scope of these investigations.

(2) During the period of these investigations, Eramet was the sole U.S. producer of silicomanganese. In December 2001, Highlanders Alloys, LLC, a company formed by a group of Israeli investors, re-opened the New Haven, WV, plant previously owned and operated by American Alloys. The company began production of silicomanganese in mid-February 2002.

(3) Information withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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