February 23, 2011
News Release 11-017
Inv. No. 731-TA-1088 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

POLYVINYL ALCOHOL FROM TAIWAN INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of polyvinyl alcohol from Taiwan that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Vice Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane, Shara L. Aranoff, and Dean A. Pinkert made affirmative determinations. Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun and Commissioner Daniel R. Pearson made negative determinations.

As a result of the USITC's affirmative determination, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from Taiwan.

The Commission's public report Polyvinyl Alcohol from Taiwan (Investigation No. 731-TA-1088 (Final), USITC Publication 4218, March 2011) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after March 28, 2011, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or by writing 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

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

Product Description: The merchandise covered by scope of this investigation is Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA). This product consists of all 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 and PVB-grade low-ash PVA are not included in the scope of this investigation. (1) The merchandise under investigation is currently classifiable under subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Types of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners: Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America, LLC. (2)
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: September 4, 2004.
4. Hearing: January 25, 2011.
5. USITC vote: February 23, 2011.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: March 7, 2011.   

U.S. Industry:

1. U.S. firms involved in production of all PVA in 2011: Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America,
      LLC., E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., and Solutia, Inc. (3)
2. Employment of production and related workers: (4)
3. U.S. producers' shipments in 2003: (4)
4. U.S. apparent consumption in 2003: (4)
5. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2003: (4)

U.S. Imports:
1. Quantity of subject imports in 2003: (4)
2. Value of subject imports in 2003: (4)

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(1) PVB-grade low-ash PVA is defined to be PVA that meets the following specifications: Hydrolysis, Mole % of 98.40 +/- 0.40, 4% Solution Viscosity 30.00 +/- 2.50 centipois, and ash-ISE, wt% less than 0.60, 4% solution color 20mm cell, 10.0 maximum APHA units, haze index, 20mm cell, 5.0, maximum.
(2) The original petitioner was Celanese Chemicals Ltd. Sekisui acquired the PVA assets of Celanese on July 1, 2009, and is the successor in interest as the petitioner in this investigation.
(3) Solutia, Inc. does not produce PVA that would be included in the scope of this investigation.
(4) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.