The US glass industry has welcomed the announcement yesterday that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that the domestic industry producing automotive replacement glass windshields is injured by imported Chinese windshields sold at dumped prices. The determination was based on a vote of 3 to 2.

Dee Uttermohlen, Manager for Retail and Internet Marketing at Safelite said: "Dumped Chinese imports contributed to the pricing pressures that Safelite encountered at the time it filed Chapter 11 in 2000. But Safelite is not the only domestic producer that has been harmed by these dumped imports. The Commission's record showed that the industry's net sales by value fell more than 13 percent between 1998 and 2000. Operating income fell nearly 70 percent. We are hopeful that the imposition of an antidumping duty order will restore fair pricing to our market and turn these declines around."

The investigation began with the filing of an antidumping petition by Safelite, together with PPG Industries, Inc. and Apogee Enterprises, Inc., on February 28, 2001.

The Department of Commerce issued final revised dumping margins earlier this month. The new margins are as follows: 11.80 percent for FYG, 3.71 percent for Xinyi, 9.84 percent for Benxun, Changchun Pilkington, Guilin Pilkington, Wuhan Pilkington, and TCGI; and 124.50 percent for all other Chinese producer/exporters.

The Commission sends its decision and the reasons for its determination to Department of Commerce by March 28, and Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order within 7 days thereafter.