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NEWS RELEASE 01-073; May 18, 2001 May 18, 2001
News Release 01-073
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-929-931 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES ON SILICOMANGANESE FROM INDIA, KAZAKHSTAN, AND VENEZUELA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Dennis M. Devaney did not participate in this vote.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela, with its preliminary determinations due on or about September 13, 2001.

The Commission's public report Silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-929-931 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3427, May 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 19, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


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

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Silicomanganese from India, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-929-931 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to these investigations is silicomanganese, which is an alloy of manganese and iron, containing over 8 percent silicon, and which provides the steel industry with a convenient source of two important alloying and deoxidizing elements used in steelmaking: manganese and silicon.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.   Petitioners: Eramet Marietta Inc. and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy
         Workers International Union, Local 5-0639.
3.   Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: April 6, 2001.
4.   USITC staff conference: April 30, 2001.
5.   USITC vote: May 18, 2001.
6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 21, 2001.


U.S. Industry:

1.   Number of producers in 2000: One.
2.   Location of producer's plant: Marietta, OH.
3.   U.S. producer's shipments: (1)
4.   U.S. consumption: (1)
5.   Ratio of quantity of total imports from all sources to U.S. consumption: (1)

         
U.S. Imports:

1.   From the subject countries during 2000: 166,439 short tons valued at $69,223,000.
2.   From other countries during 2000: 250,371 short tons valued at $113,273,000.

(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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