Oct. 1, 2014

Electrical Steel Producers Appeal ITC Ruling
 
U.S. producers of grain-oriented electrical steel filed an appeal Sept. 16 of the negative decision on "material injury" by the U.S. International Trade Commission. AK Steel Corp., Allegheny Ludlum and the United Steelworkers appealed the decision to the Court of International Trade.

"We are very disappointed by the negative determination by the ITC," says David A. Hartquist of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, counsel to petitioners. "We believe the case warranted an affirmative determination and that the majority decision contains fundamental errors of fact and law. The Department of Commerce found antidumping margins of up to 241 percent, which caused lost sales and significant financial injury to the U.S. producers. In our judgment, that meets the legal standard for an affirmative determination."

The Aug. 27 decision by the ITC covered imports from Germany, Japan and Poland. The ITC is scheduled to make final injury determinations on the remaining cases against the Czech Republic, China, Korea and Russia on Oct. 23.

Grain-oriented electrical steel is a flat-rolled alloy steel product that is manufactured using a specialized rolling and annealing process to yield grain structures that conduct a magnetic field with a high degree of efficiency. It is used primarily in electrical power and distribution transformers. The petitions cover GOES that is sold in either sheet or strip form, in coils or in straight lengths.

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