USA, Washington: The U.S. Department of Commerce issued its final antidumping determinations regarding imports of grain-oriented silicon steel (GOES) from Germany, Japan, and Poland.
Following the Department's preliminary determinations in May, the Japanese and German producers requested extension for the determinations deadline into September. The U.S. petitioners in the case opposed the requests, urging the Department to act promptly, reports Market Watch.
The Commerce Department's determinations follow the filing in September 2013 of antidumping and countervailing duty petitions by domestic GOES producers AK Steel Corporation and Allegheny Ludlum, LLC d/b/a ATI Flat Rolled Products, an Allegheny Technologies company, as well as the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents workers engaged in the production of GOES at ATI Flat Rolled Products.
GOES is manufactured using a specialised rolling and annealing process that yields grain structures uniformly oriented in the rolling (or lengthwise) direction of the sheet, enabling it to conduct a magnetic field with a high degree of efficiency. Based on these unique product characteristics, GOES is used primarily in the production of laminated cores for large and medium-sized power transformers and distribution transformers.
Source: Market Watch