April 29, 1999
News Release 99-060
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-794-796 (F)

CERTAIN EMULSION STYRENE-BUTADIENE RUBBER
FROM BRAZIL, KOREA, AND MEXICO
DOES NOT INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made negative final determinations that an industry in the United States is neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber from Brazil, Korea, and Mexico that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The negative determinations resulted from 5-1 votes. Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the negative. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg voted in the affirmative.

The ITC's votes in these final phase antidumping duty investigations were held on April 29, 1999, under section 735(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. As a result of the negative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will not impose antidumping duties on these imports.

The Commission's public report Certain Emulsion Sytrene-Butadiene Rubber from Brazil, Korea, and Mexico (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-794-796 (Final), USITC Publication 3190, May 1999) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies may be obtained after May 24, 1999, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber from Brazil, Korea, and Mexico
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-794-796 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is rubber produced by a controlled polymerization of an emulsion of styrene and butadiene There are two product series, generically described by the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) numbering system as the 1500 series (a cold-polymerized non-pigmented rubber) and the 1700 series (a cold oil-extended non-pigmented rubber). The 1500 series ESBR is often called "white" rubber, while the 1700 series ESBR is sometimes referred to as "brown" rubber. They are both principally used to produce rubber masterbatches from which a variety of consumer rubber goods are made. A significant amount of the 1500 series and the 1700 series ESBR is used in tires. Other uses for these series types include hoses, belting, o-rings, gaskets, and footwear.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Final antidumping.
2.   Petitioners:  Ameripol Synpol Corporation, Akron, OH; and DSM Copolymer, Baton
     Rouge, LA.
3.   Investigations instituted by the USITC:  November 2, 1998.
4.   Commission hearing:  March 30,  1999.
5.   USITC vote:  April 29, 1999.
6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  May 3, 1999.

U.S. Industry:

1.   Number of producers in 1998:  Three.
2.   Location of producers' plants:  Baton Rouge, LA; Houston, TX; Odessa, TX; and Port
     Neches, TX.
3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1998: 1,008
4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 1998: 1.2 billion pounds
5.   Ratio of total subject U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 1998: 11.1 percent

U.S. Imports:

1.   From the subject countries during 1998: 133.1 million pounds
2.   From other countries during 1998: 14.6 million pounds
3.   Leading sources during 1998:  Brazil, Korea, and Mexico.

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