October 21, 2004
News Release 04-109
Inv. No. 731-TA-1088 (P)

ITC VOTES TO END CASE ON POLYVINYL ALCOHOL FROM TAIWAN

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is not a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of polyvinyl alcohol from Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Daniel R. Pearson voted in the negative. Chairman Stephen Koplan and Commissioner Marcia E. Miller voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Jennifer A. Hillman did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the Commission's negative determination, the case will end.

The Commission's public report Polyvinyl Alcohol from Taiwan (Investigation No. 731-TA-1088 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3732, October 2004) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after November 19, 2004, 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

Polyvinyl Alcohol from Taiwan
Investigation No. 731-TA-1088 (Preliminary)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrolyzed in excess of 80 percent, whether or not mixed or diluted with commercial levels of defoamer or boric acid. PVA in fiber form is not included in the scope of this investigation. PVA is a water-soluble synthetic polymer, often sold as a white solid in granular or powder form. It is principally categorized based on the degree of hydrolyzation of the finished product. Other characteristics include the viscosity of an aqueous solution, the average molecular weight of the finished product, tackification, percentage of ash, product clarity in solution, boric acid content, and iron level. PVA is used primarily as an intermediate in the production of polyvinyl butyral, which is an adhesive used in the manufacture of automotive safety glass and load-resistant architectural glass. PVA is also used in the textile and paper industries in sizing formulations; as a binder in adhesive and soil binding formulations; and as an emulsion or polymerization aid in colloidal suspensions, water-soluble films, cosmetics, and joint compounds. The merchandise subject to these investigations is provided for in subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  Celanese Chemicals, Ltd. of Dallas, TX.
3.  Investigations instituted by USITC:  September 7, 2004.
4.  Conference:  September 28, 2004.
5.  USITC vote:  October 21, 2004.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  October 22, 2004

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2003:  Three.
2.  Production during 2003: (1)
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2003: (1)
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments 2003: (1)
5.  U.S. apparent consumption during 2003: (1)
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption during 2003: (1)

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of U.S. imports from Taiwan during 2003: (1)
2.  Value of U.S. imports from Taiwan during 2003: (1)

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

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