October 5, 2007
News Release 07-103
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1124-1125 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON ELECTROLYTIC MANGANESE DIOXIDE FROM AUSTRALIA AND CHINA
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of electrolytic manganese dioxide from Australia and China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.
Chairman Daniel R. Pearson, Vice Chairman Shara L. Aranoff, and Commissioners Deanna Tanner Okun, Charlotte R. Lane, and Irving A. Williamson voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in these investigations.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of this product from Australia and China, with its preliminary determinations due on or about January 29, 2008.
The Commission's public report Electrolytic Manganese Dioxide from Australia and China (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1124-1125 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3955, October 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.
Copies of the report are expected to be available after November 6, 2007, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.
Electrolytic Manganese Dioxide from Australia and China
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1124 and 1125 (Preliminary)
Product Description: Manganese dioxide (MnO2) that has been manufactured in an electrolysis process, whether in powder, chip or plate form. Excluded from the scope of these investigations are natural manganese dioxide ("NMD") and chemical manganese dioxide ("CMD").
Status of Proceedings: 1. Type of investigations: Preliminary antidumping. 2. Petitioner: Tronox LLC, Henderson, NV. 3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: August 22, 2007. 4. Commission's conference: September 12, 2007. 5. USITC vote: October 5, 2007. 6. USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: October 9, 2007. 7. USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: October 16, 2007. U.S. Industry: 1. Number of producers in 2006: Three. 2. Location of producers' plants: Henderson, NV; New Johnsonville, TN; and Westlake, OH. 3. Employment of production and related workers in 2006: 218. 4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2006: 96,175 short tons. 5. Ratio of the quantity of total U.S. imports to total U.S. production in 2006: 56.7 percent. U.S. Imports: 1. From the subject countries during 2006: (1). 2. From other countries during 2006: (1). 3. Leading sources during 2006: Australia, China, and Japan (in terms of total value).
(1) Withheld to prevent disclosure of business proprietary information.