November 6, 2014
News Release 14-112
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-506 and 508 and 731-TA-1238-1243 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin; 202-205-1819

NON-ORIENTED ELECTRICAL STEEL FROM CHINA, GERMANY, JAPAN, KOREA, SWEDEN, AND TAIWAN INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and are subsidized by the governments of China and Taiwan. The Commission made negative critical circumstances findings with respect to NOES from China, Germany, Japan, and Sweden.

Vice Chairman Dean A. Pinkert and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, David S. Johanson, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative. Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the negative. Commissioner F. Scott Kieff did not participate in these investigations.

As a result of the USITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China and Taiwan and antidumping duty orders on imports of this product from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.

The Commission's public report Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-506 and 508 and 731-TA-1238-1243 (Final), USITC Publication 4502, November 2014) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after December 9, 2014. After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-506 and 508 and 731-TA-1238-1243 (Final)

Product Description: Non-oriented electrical steel ("NOES") is a cold-rolled, flat-rolled, alloy steel product, whether or not in coils, of any width, having an actual thickness of 0.20 mm or more, in which the core loss is substantially the same in any direction of magnetization in the plane of the material. NOES contains by weight more than 1.00 percent but less than 3.5 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent of carbon, and not more than 1.5 percent of aluminum. NOES has a surface oxide coating, to which an insulation coating may be applied. NOES is subject to these investigations whether it is fully processed (i.e., fully annealed to develop final magnetic properties) or semi-processed (i.e., finished to final thickness and physical form but not fully annealed to develop final magnetic properties).

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigations: Final antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioner: AK Steel Corp., West Chester, Ohio. 
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: September 30, 2013.
4. USITC hearing: October 8, 2014.
5. USITC vote: November 6, 2014.
6. Scheduled date for USITC views: November 18, 2014.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of producers in 2013: One.
2. Location of producer's plants: Ohio and Pennsylvania.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2013: 1/
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2013: 1/
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2013: 1/

U.S. Imports:

1. From the subject countries during 2013: $64.1 million.
2. From other countries during 2013: $5.0 million.
3. Leading sources during 2013: Japan, China, Sweden, Taiwan, Germany, and Korea (in
       terms of total value).

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1/ Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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