Transformers Magazine has spoken to some EU transformer manufacturers to gain deeper insight into their expressed concerns about the announced proposition of the enforcement of provisional anti-dumping duties against imports of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) in the European Union (EU), coming on the eve of the introduction of another new and challenging regulation – EU’s EcoDesign.
According to manufacturers, the EU GOES industry does not need protection of these duties since the injury suffered by the industry until the beginning of 2014 had not continued in the first quarter of 2015.
In contrast, the EU transformer industry depends on remaining competitive on imports of GOES trades since it does not produce sufficient quantity of the high-end GOES (Hi-B GOES), which is essential for the production of the most efficient power transformers that comply with the new efficiency targets of the EU’s EcoDesign and similar regulations in third countries.
Being imposed just six weeks before EU’s EcoDesign enters into force on 1 July 2015, anti-dumping duties would thus significantly limit the intended goal of the EU, putting EU transformer manufacturers at a disadvantage against non-European producers who would maintain access to Hi-B GOES at global market prices.
Based on the described circumstances, a standpoint of some manufacturers is that imposition of any provisional duties is not in the interest of the EU and might result in disappearance or dislocation of some manufacturers outside of the EU.
Source: Transformers Magazine