October 6, 2017
News Release 17-144
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-587 and 731-TA-1385-1386 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to End Investigations on Titanium Sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is not a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of titanium sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Kazakhstan.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the negative. 

As a result of the Commission’s negative determinations, the investigations will end.

The Commission’s public report Titanium Sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-587 and 731-TA-1385-1386 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4736, October 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after November 7, 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


Titanium Sponge from Japan and Kazakhstan
Investigation Nos: 701-TA-587 and 731-TA-1385-1386 (Preliminary)

Product Description:   Titanium sponge is a porous, brittle, unwrought form of titanium metal that has not been melted. The subject products include premium-quality (rotor-grade) titanium sponge that is used in rotating aircraft engine parts and standard-quality (industrial-grade) titanium sponge that is used in aerospace products other than rotating engine parts, in addition to other industrial end uses. Titanium sponge in this instance specifically excludes loose particles of unwrought titanium having a particle size less than 20 mesh (0.84 mm), alloyed or unalloyed briquettes of unwrought titanium metal that contain more than 0.2 percent oxygen on a dry weight basis, and ultra-high purity titanium sponge. The subject products are typically melted down to make titanium ingots before being further processed into various mill products, depending on the intended end use of the final product.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET), Exton, Pennsylvania.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2017.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, October 6, 2017.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  2
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Nevada and Utah.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine.

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

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