September 15, 1999
News Release 99-126
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-857-858 (P)


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is no reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain paintbrushes from China and Indonesia that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey made negative determinations regarding imports of these products from both countries. Commissioner Carol T. Crawford made an affirmative determination regarding imports of these products from China and a negative determination regarding imports from Indonesia.

As a result of the ITC's negative determinations, the cases will be terminated.

The Commission's public report Certain Paintbrushes from China and Indonesia (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-857-858 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3237, September 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after October 14, 1999, 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.

Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436


Certain Paintbrushes From China and Indonesia
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-857-858 (Preliminary)

Product Description: With respect to China, the imported products subject to these investigations are synthetic filament paintbrushes and paintbrush heads, including paintbrushes and paintbrush heads with a blend of natural bristle and synthetic filaments provided that synthetic filaments comprise over 50 percent of the total filler material in the finished paintbrush or paintbrush head. With respect to Indonesia, the imported products subject to these investigations are natural bristle paintbrushes and paintbrush heads and synthetic filament paintbrushes and paintbrush heads, including paintbrushes and paintbrush heads with a blend of natural bristle and synthetic filaments. Excluded from these investigations are artists' brushes or other non-paintbrush products such as foam applicators, sponge applicators, or any other type of non-brush paint applicator.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Paintbrush Trade Action Coalition (PATAC) whose member firms include
    Bestt Liebco, Philadelphia, PA; EZ Paintr Corp., St. Francis, WI; Purdy Corp., Portland,
    OR; TruServ Manufacturing (TruServ), Cary, IL; and The Wooster Brush Co. (Wooster),
    Wooster, OH.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  August 2, 1999.
4.  Commission's conference:  August 23, 1999.
5.  USITC vote:  September 15, 1999.
6.  USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  September 16, 1999.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 1996:  12 (6 firms reporting data).
2.  Location of producer's plants:  Philadelphia, PA; St. Francis, WI; Johnson City, TN;
    Wyandanch, NY; Claremont, NH, Portland, OR, Cary, IN; and Wooster, OH.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 1998:  222.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998:  255 million (quantity); $198 million (value).
5.  Ratio of subject imports to total U.S. consumption in 1998:  46 percent (quantity);
    13 percent (value).

U.S. Imports:
1.  Subject imports from China and Indonesia in 1998:  117 million (quantity);  $26 million (value).
2.  From other countries during 1998:  64 million (quantity); $14 million (value).
3.  Leading source during 1998:  China.

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