July 2, 2001
News Release 01-092
Inv. No. 332-414


The U.S. civil aerostructures industry, which supplies fuselages, wings, and landing gear to the U.S. large civil aircraft (LCA) industry, is facing new market challenges as it competes with the aerostructures industries in Europe, Canada, and Asia, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Competitive Assessment of the U.S. Large Civil Aircraft Aerostructures Industry.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently concluded the investigation for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means. The report examines the U.S. civil aerostructures industry in its capacity as a major supplier to the LCA industry, discussing the composition of the industry and recent trends; the process of new aerostructures development; the means and trends in government support and other financial assistance; and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the aerostructures industries in the United States, Europe, Canada, and to the extent possible, Asia. The report focuses on the U.S. civil aerostructures industry's ability to compete over the short and long terms with the aerostructures industries in Europe, Canada, and Asia. Highlights of the report follow:

The foregoing information is from Competitive Assessment of the U.S. Large Civil Aircraft Aerostructures Industry (Investigation No. 332-414, USITC Publication 3433, June 2001). The report will be available on the USITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy of the report may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also by made by fax to 202-205-2104.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade, and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requestor. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requestor for national security reasons.

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