Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

February 15, 2017
News Release 17-027
Inv. No. 701-TA-555 and 731-TA-1310 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain amorphous silica fabric from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to imports of this product from China that are sold at less than fair value. Therefore, the Commissioners who made affirmative present injury determinations today are required to determine whether these imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the orders Commerce will issue. Chairman Schmidtlein and Commissioner Williamson made affirmative findings with regard to critical circumstances.  Vice Chairman Johanson made a negative finding with regard to critical circumstances.

The Commission’s public report Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-555 and 731-TA-1310 (Final), USITC Publication 4672, March 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by March 31, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436


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

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 investigations cover 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.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation: Final antidumping and countervailing duties.
2.  Petitioners:  Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., Mechanic Falls, ME.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  January 20, 2016.
4.  USITC hearing: January 18, 2017.
5.  USITC vote: February 15, 2017.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce: March 10, 2017.

U.S. Industry:

1.  Number of U.S. producers in 2015:  2.
2.  Location of producers’ plants:  Maine and California.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2015:  [1]
4.  U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments in 2015:  1
5.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2015:  1
6.  Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2015: 1

U.S. Imports in 2015:

1.  From the subject countries during 2015:  1
2.  From other countries during 2015:  1
3.  Leading sources during 2015: China and Latvia (in terms of total value).


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

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