April 15, 2005
News Release 05-040
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1090 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigation of imports of superalloy degassed chromium from Japan, with its preliminary determination due on or about August 11, 2005.

The Commission's public report Superalloy Degassed Chromium from Japan (Investigation No. 731-TA-1090 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3768, April 2005) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 16, 2005, 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


Superalloy Degassed Chromium from Japan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1090 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to this investigation is a high-purity form of chromium metal that contains at least 99.5 percent, but less than 99.95 percent, chromium. Superalloy degassed chromium contains very low levels of certain gaseous elements and other impurities (typically no more than 0.005 percent nitrogen, 0.005 percent sulphur, 0.05 percent oxygen, 0.01 percent aluminum, 0.05 percent silicon, and 0.35 percent iron).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  Eramet Marietta Inc. and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy
   Workers International Union, Local 5-0639.
3. Preliminary investigation instituted by the USITC: March 4, 2005.
4. Commission's conference:  March 25, 2005.
5. USITC vote:  April 15, 2005.
6. USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  April 18, 2005.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2004:  One.
2. Location of producers' plants:  Marietta, OH.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2004: (1) 
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2004: (1)
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. shipments of imports to total U.S. consumption in 2004: (1)

U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject country during 2004: (1)
2. From other countries during 2004: (1)
3. Leading sources during 2004:  France and Japan.

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

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