April 17, 2000
News Release 00-052
Inv. No. 332-414

ITC WILL INVESTIGATE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE CIVIL AEROSTRUCTURES INDUSTRY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation of the large civil aircraft (LCA) aerostructures industry and seeks input from industry officials, trade associations, and other interested parties.

The investigation, Competitive Assessment of the U.S. Large Civil Aircraft Aerostructures Industry (Inv. No. 332-414), was requested by the House Committee on Ways and Means (Committee) in a letter received March 13, 2000. It follows two previous ITC studies on the LCA industry: Global Competitiveness of U.S. Advanced -Technology Manufacturing Industries: Large Civil Aircraft (published August 1993) and The Changing Structure of the Global Large Civil Aircraft Industry and Market: Implications for the Competitiveness of the U.S. Industry (published November 1998).

As requested by the Committee, the ITC will examine the civil aerostructures industry (e.g. fuselage, wings, and landing gear) in its capacity as a major supplier to the LCA industry. The study will not include nonstructural components such as avionics and engines. The report will discuss the composition of the industry and recent trends, the process of new aerostructures development, the means and trends in government supports and other financial assistance, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the aerostructures industries in the United States, Europe, Canada, and to the extent possible, Asia. The report will focus on the ability of the U.S. civil aerostructures industry and certain of its suppliers to compete over the short and long terms with those industries in Europe, Canada, and to the extent possible, Asia.

The ITC expects to submit its report to the Committee by June 13, 2001. The report is expected to be made available to the public thereafter.

The ITC seeks input for its report from all interested parties. A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2000, in connection with the investigation. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 22, 2000, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary at the above address and submitted at the earliest practical date and no later than 5:15 p.m. on December 20, 2000. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated April 17, 2000, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1806.

-- 30 --