February 10, 2012
News Release 12-013
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-486 and 731-TA-1195-1196 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of utility scale wind towers from China that are allegedly subsidized and from China and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson, Shara L. Aranoff, Dean A. Pinkert, and David S. Johanson voted in the affirmative. Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations on imports of these products, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination regarding China due on or about March 23, 2012, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations regarding China and Vietnam due on or about June 6, 2012.

The Commission's public report Utility Scale Wind Towers from China and Vietnam (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-486 and 731-TA-1195-1196 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4304, February 2012) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after March 13, 2012, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing to 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


Utility Scale Wind Towers from China and Vietnam
Investigations No. 701-TA-486 and 731-TA-1195-1196 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The products covered by these investigations are utility scale wind towers, whether or not tapered, and sections thereof. These wind towers are designed to support the nacelle and rotor blades in a wind turbine with a minimum rated electrical power generation capacity in excess of 100 kilowatts and with a minimum height of 50 meters measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the nacelle (i.e., where the top of the tower and nacelle are joined) when fully assembled.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Types of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
2.  Petitioners: Broadwind Towers, Inc., Manitowoc, WI; DMI Industries, Fargo, ND; Katana
        Summit LLC, Columbus, NE; and Trinity Structural Towers, Inc., Dallas, TX.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  December 29, 2011.
4.  Commission's conference:  January 19, 2012.
5.  USITC vote:  February 10, 2012.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  February 13, 2012.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  February 21, 2012.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of producers in 2010:  12.
2.  Location of producers' plants:  California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North
        Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2010: 1,695.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2010:  $903.1 million.
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2010: 42.3%.

U.S. Imports:

1.  From the subject countries during 2010:  $158.7 million.
2.  From other countries during 2010:  $223.2 million.
3.  Leading sources during 2010: Canada, China, Mexico, Vietnam, Korea, and Indonesia (in terms of
        total value). (1)

(1) Based on imports in HTS 7308.20.0000, which includes some products not subject to the investigation.

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