Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

March 23, 2018
News Release 18-034
Inv. No. 701-TA-567-569 and 731-TA-1343-1345 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway Does Not Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is not materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of silicon metal from Australia, Brazil, and Norway that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value and from Australia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan that Commerce has determined are subsidized by the governments of those countries.

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 USITC’s negative determinations, no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued.

The Commission’s public report Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway, (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-567-569 and 731-TA-1343-1345 (Final), USITC Publication 4773, April 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by May 1, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Silicon Metal from Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Norway
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-567-569 and 731-TA-1343-1345 (Final)

Product Description:  The scope in these investigations includes all forms and sizes of silicon metal, including silicon metal powder. Silicon metal contains at least 85.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon, and less than 4.00 percent iron, by actual weight. Semiconductor grade silicon (containing at least 99.99 percent silicon by actual weight) is excluded. Silicon metal is principally used as an alloying agent in aluminum production and by the chemical industry as an input in the production of silicones and to produce polysilicon. Silicones are used for a variety of applications including resins, lubricants, plastomers, anti-foaming agents, and water-repellent compounds. Silicon metal is consumed as the base material for making polysilicon, a very high purity form of silicon that is primarily used in semiconductors and solar cells.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioner:  Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., Beverly, Ohio.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Thursday, February 15, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, March 23, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  3
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.
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:  $240.7 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $126.8 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and Norway (in terms of total value)

 

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

 

 

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