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NEWS RELEASE 02-030; April 18, 2002 April 18, 2002
News Release 02-030
Inv. No. 731-TA-991 (P)

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASE ON SILICON METAL FROM RUSSIA

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 silicon metal from Russia that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping duty investigation of imports of silicon metal from Russia, with its preliminary determination due on or about August 21, 2002.

The Commission's public report Silicon Metal from Russia (Investigation No. 731-TA-991 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3502, April 2002) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after May 20, 2002, 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

Silicon Metal from Russia
Investigation No. 731-TA-991 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported product subject to this investigation is silicon metal which generally contains at least 96.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent of silicon by weight. Also covered by this investigation is silicon metal containing between 89.00 and 96.00 percent silicon by weight, but containing more aluminum than the silicon metal which contains at least 96.00 percent but less than 99.99 percent silicon by weight. Semiconductor-grade silicon (silicon metal containing by weight not less than 99.99 percent of silicon and provided for in subheading 2804.61.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) is not covered by this investigation. Silicon metal is used primarily in the production of primary and secondary aluminum where it is used as an alloying agent and in the preparation of chemicals, primarily in the production of a family of organic chemicals known as silicones. Silicon metal is currently provided for under subheadings 2804.69.10 and 2804.69.50 of the HTS.

Status of Proceedings:

1.  Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty.
2.  Petitioners:  Globe Metallurgical Inc., SIMCALA, Inc. and unions.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  March 7, 2002.
4.  Conference:  March 26, 2002.
5.  USITC vote:  April 18, 2002.
6.  Transmittal of USITC determinations to Department of Commerce:  April 22, 2002.


U.S. Industry:

1.  U.S. producers in 2001:  Elkem Metals, Globe Metallurgical, and SIMCALA.
2.  Location of producer's plants in 2001:  Mt.  Meigs, AL; Selma, AL; Niagara Falls, NY;
       Beverly, OH; Springfield, OR; and Alloy, WV.      
3.  Production during 2001 (short tons of contained silicon):  145,333.
4.  Average number of production and related workers during 2001:  523.
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2001 (short tons of contained silicon):  279,031.     
6.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2001 (1,000 dollars):  338,134. 


U.S. Imports:

1.  Quantity of subject imports during 2001 (short tons of contained silicon): 34,153. 
2.  Share of quantity of total imports accounted for by subject imports during 2001: 27 percent.
3.  Share of quantity of  apparent consumption accounted for by subject imports during 2001: 
       12.2 percent.

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