January 18, 2013
News Release 13-008
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-486 and 731-TA-1195-1196 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
UTILITY SCALE WIND TOWERS FROM CHINA AND VIETNAM
INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS USITC
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of utility scale wind towers from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and from China and Vietnam that Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.
Chairman Irving A. Williamson and Commissioner Shara L. Aranoff found the domestic industry is materially injured. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert found the domestic industry is threatened with material injury. Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson, David S. Johanson, and Meredith Broadbent voted in the negative.
As a result of the USITC's affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China and an antidumping duty order on imports of these products from Vietnam.
The Commission's public report Utility Scale Wind Towers from China and Vietnam (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-486 and 731-TA-1195-1196 (Final), USITC Publication 4372, January 2013) will contain the views of the Commissioners and information developed during the investigations.
Copies may be obtained after February 20, 2013, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Utility Scale Wind Towers from China and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-486 and 731-TA-1195-1196 (Final)
Product Description: Wind towers, whether or not tapered, and sections thereof, are designed to support the nacelle and rotor blades in a wind turbine with a minimum rated electrical power generation capacity in excess of 100 kilowatts ( kW'') and with a minimum height of 50 meters measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the nacelle (i.e., where the top of the tower and nacelle are joined) when fully assembled. A wind tower section consists of, at a minimum, multiple steel plates rolled into cylindrical or conical shapes and welded together (or otherwise attached) to form a steel shell, regardless of coating, end-finish, painting, treatment, or method of manufacture, and with or without flanges, doors, or internal or external components (e.g., flooring/ decking, ladders, lifts, electrical buss boxes, electrical cabling, conduit, cable harness for nacelle generator, interior lighting, tool and storage lockers) attached to the wind tower section. Several wind tower sections are normally required to form a completed wind tower.
Status of Proceedings: 1. Type of investigation: Final phase antidumping and countervailing duty. 2. Petitioners: Broadwind Towers, Inc., Manitowoc, WI; DMI Industries, Fargo, ND; Katana Summit LLC, Columbus, NE; Trinity Structural Towers, Inc., Dallas, TX. 3. Investigations instituted by USITC: December 29, 2011. 4. USITC hearing: December 13, 2012. 5. USITC vote: January 18, 2013. 6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: January 30, 2013. U.S. Industry: 1. Number of U.S. producers in 2011: 13. 2. Location of producers' plants: California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. 3. Employment of production and related workers in 2011: (1) 4. U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2011: (1) 5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2011: (1) 6. Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2011: (1) U.S. Imports in 2011: 1. From the subject countries during 2011: $265.9 million. 2. From other countries during 2011: $155.9 million. 3. Leading sources during 2011 (in alphabetical order): Canada, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam.
(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.