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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China

March 4, 2016
News Release 16-025
Inv. No. 701-TA-555 and 731-TA-1310 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of certain amorphous silica fabric from China that are allegedly subsidized and 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 determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations on imports of these products from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about April 14, 2016, and its preliminary antidumping duty determinations due on or about June 28, 2016.

The Commission’s public report Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-555 and 731-TA-1310 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4598, March 2016) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after April 4, 2016.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-555 and 731-TA-1310 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The product covered by these investigations is woven (whether from yarns or rovings) industrial grade amorphous silica fabric, which contains a minimum of 90 percent silica (SiO2) by nominal weight, and a nominal width in excess of 8 inches. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of other materials contained in the fabric, regardless of whether in roll form or cut-to-length, regardless of weight, width (except as noted above), or length. The investigation covers industrial grade amorphous silica fabric regardless of whether the product is approved by a standards testing body (such as being Factory Mutual (FM) Approved), or regardless of whether it meets any governmental specification.

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2. Petitioner: Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., Mechanic Falls, ME.
3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: January 20, 2016.
4. Commission’s conference: February 10, 2016.
5. USITC vote: March 4, 2016.
6. USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: March 7, 2016.
7. USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: March 14, 2016.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of producers in 2015: Two.
2. Location of producers’ plants:  Maine and California.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2015: [1]
4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 1
5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2015: 1

U.S. Imports:
1. From China during 2015: 1
2. From other countries during 2015: 1
3. Leading import source during 2015: China.

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

 

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