June 5, 2003
News Release 03-050
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1015 and 1016 (Final)

POLYVINYL ALCOHOL FROM JAPAN, BUT NOT GERMANY, THREATENS U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of polyvinyl alcohol from Japan that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Commission also determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of this product from Germany that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

With respect to Japan, Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller and Stephen Koplan made affirmative threat determinations, and Vice Chairman Jennifer A. Hillman made a negative determination. With respect to Germany, all four Commissioners made negative determinations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination concerning Japan, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of polyvinyl alcohol from that country. As a result of the Commission's negative determination concerning Germany, no antidumping duty order will be issued on imports of polyvinyl alcohol from that country.

The Commission's public report Polyvinyl Alcohol from Germany and Japan (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1015 and 1016 (Final), USITC Publication 3604, June 2003) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after July 9, 2003, 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

Polyvinyl Alcohol from Germany and Japan
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-1015-1016 (Final)

Product Description: For purposes of these investigations, the product covered is polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrolyzed in excess of 80 percent, whether or not mixed or diluted with commercial levels of defoamer or boric acid, except as excluded from the scope as defined by the Department of Commerce (see DOC Federal Register notices -- Germany: 68 FR 19509, April 21, 2003; Japan: 68 FR 19510, April 21, 2003). PVA is used primarily as an intermediate in the production of polyvinyl butyral, which is an adhesive used in the manufacture of automotive safety glass and load-resistant architectural glass. PVA is also used in the textile and paper industries in sizing formulations; as a binder in adhesive and soil binding formulations; and as an emulsion or polymerization aid in colloidal suspensions, water-soluble films, cosmetics, and joint compounds. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Celanese Chemicals, Ltd. of Dallas, TX and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. of
      Wilmington, DE.
3. Investigations instituted by USITC: September 5, 2002
4. Final phase of these investigations begun:  February 26, 2003.
5. Hearing:  May 8, 2003.
6. USITC vote:  June 5, 2003.
7. USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  June 18, 2003.


U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. firms in 2002:  Three.
2. Production during 2002: (1) 
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2002: (1)
4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments 2002: (1)
5. U.S. apparent consumption during 2002: (1)
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 2002: (1)


U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of U.S. imports from Germany and Japan during 2002: 5.9 million pounds.
2. Value of U.S. imports from Germany and Japan during 2002: $4.6 million.

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

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