December 12, 2013
News Release 13-124
Inv. No. 731-TA-1205 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

SILICA BRICKS AND SHAPES FROM CHINA DO NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of silica bricks and shapes from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the negative.

As a result of the USITC's negative determination, an antidumping duty order will not be issued.

The Commission's public report Silica Bricks and Shapes from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1205 (Final), USITC Publication 4443, January 2014) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after January 31, 2014, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or by writing 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

Silica Bricks and Shapes from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1205 (Final)

Product Description: Silica bricks and shapes covered by this investigation include all bricks and shapes, regardless of size, containing at least 90 percent silica (also known as silicon dioxide (Si02)), regardless of other materials in the bricks and shapes. These bricks and shapes are used for refractory purposes, primarily in coke ovens and glass furnaces. Noted items not intended for inclusion in this description are fused silica bricks and shapes.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Utah Refractories Corp, Lehi, UT. 
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  June 20, 2013.
4. USITC hearing: November 21, 2013.
5. USITC vote: December 12, 2013.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: January 10, 2014.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. producers in 2012:  One.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Utah. 
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2012: (1)
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2012: (1)
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2012: (1) 
6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2012: (1)

U.S. Imports in 2012:

1. From the subject countries during 2012: (1)
2. From other countries during 2012: (1)
3. Leading sources during 2012: China, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

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

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