WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2012 — In advance of the announcement of the preliminary decision on SolarWorld's antidumping petition against Chinese solar manufacturers on Thursday, May 17, 2012, the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturers released the following statements:
Steve Ostrenga, chief executive officer of Helios Solar Works: "The Commerce Department initiated the antidumping case at dumping margins of more than 50 percent. Moreover, we have an expectation that Commerce will make a second finding of critical circumstances, which will make these duties retroactive 90 days."
The impact of the case:
Gordon Brinser, president of Oregon-based SolarWorld Industries America, Inc.: "This is a bellwether case. It underscores the importance of domestic manufacturing to the U.S. economy and provides a clear indication of whether our country will be a global competitor in clean technologies or outsource them to China. The Commerce Department has already determined that the U.S. solar industry has been harmed by China flooding the market with illegally subsidized goods, and we are in need of relief that counts."
Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategy Institute: "The president has said he will insist on a level playing field for U.S. industry and has said that America always wins when the playing field is level. Well, this week is the week when the administration must decide how to respond to China's industrial policy for solar panels. This decision will tell us whether Obama means business or whether all the activity around the creation of a trade enforcement unit is just a mirage."
On what happens next:
Ostrenga: "Importers and purchasers need to be aware of the consequences of importing illegally subsidized and dumped products from China. U.S. Customs is already enforcing the subsidy duties aggressively and we expect they will do the same with the dumping duties. This should give importers pause, whether the solar cells and panels have come directly from China or are coming through Chinese companies operating in Malaysia or another country."
On CASE's claim to represent "U.S. manufacturers":
Brinser: "All U.S. jobs are important, but China's unfair trade only threatens U.S. solar manufacturing, not U.S. solar installers and polysilicon providers. A strong U.S. manufacturing base will maintain a strong U.S. installation base."
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The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, founded by seven companies that manufacture solar cells and panels in the United States, has more than 200 employers of nearly 17,000 workers who have registered their support for CASM's case. The founding manufacturers have plants in nearly every region in the United States, including the Northwest and California, the Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and South and support several thousand U.S. manufacturing jobs. For details about CASM, go to www.americansolarmanufacturing.org; email media questions to email@example.com; other questions or comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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