One vote altered final ITC antidumping decision

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WASHINGTON — The shift of one vote caused the International Trade Commission (ITC) to make a final determination that the U.S. truck and bus tire manufacturing industry is not being materially injured because of imports from China.

The ITC made a negative determination on material injury against the U.S. truck and bus tire industry Feb. 22 on a 3-2 vote. A year earlier, the commission made an affirmative preliminary determination by a 3-2 vote.

The ITC made its final report available to the public on March 22.

ITC Vice Chairman David S. Johanson voted with Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein and Commissioner Irving A. Williamson in the preliminary determination in favor of a finding of material injury. At that time, however, Mr. Johanson filed his separate views.

In his preliminary views, Mr. Johanson agreed with most of the findings of Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson. He found that Chinese imports increased in both absolute terms and relative to U.S. consumption and production during the 2013-2015 period of investigation.

During the period, he said, Chinese imports captured 5.1 percentage points of market share from the domestic industry.

Mr. Johanson also found that imports from other countries, though gaining in U.S. market share, gained less than Chinese imports.

“In 31 of 37 quarterly comparisons between the prices of imports from China and Canada, the prices of imports from Canada were higher than those from China,” he wrote. “The prices of imports from Canada were even higher than U.S.-produced tires in nearly half of the quarterly comparisons.”

Considering data on capital investments in the domestic industry, Mr. Johanson said he found it unlikely that the domestic industry would perform as well in the near term as it did during the period of investigation.

“Nevertheless, given the domestic industry’s performance throughout the period, I do not find that the domestic industry is currently in a vulnerable state,” he said.

In the final determination, Mr. Johanson voted with Commissioners Meredith M. Broadbent and F. Scott Kieff, who repeated their negative findings on material injury.

“The domestic industry was able to increase output, employment and profitability levels during the period of investigation,” said the majority opinion in the final ITC report.

“While the domestic industry lost market share during a time of rising demand, we have found that the decline of market share was due to capacity limitations and very high capacity utilization, rather than to the subject imports,” the document said.

“We further found that the increased volume of low-priced subject imports had no significant price effects and coincided with significant improvement in the domestic industry’s condition,” it said.

In their dissenting views, Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson wrote, “We find that a significant volume of subject imports from China has undersold the domestic like product, significantly depressed U.S. prices and caused material injury to the domestic industry.”

Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson discounted evidence that the domestic industry’s performance improved during the period of investigation.

“The U.S. industry was profitable, and profits grew over the period, but the overall increase was modest considering the significant increase in demand over the investigation period and the opportunity to benefit from lower costs,” they wrote.

The United Steelworkers union petitioned the ITC for antidumping and countervailing duty relief against Chinese truck and bus tire imports in January 2016. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in the investigation. Shortly after the final vote was taken, Mr. Pinkert announced his return to private law practice.

 

According to the ITC, there are seven truck and bus tire plants in the U.S., employing 6,629.

The apparent dollar value of truck and bus tire consumption in 2015 was $6.1 billion, the ITC said.

Chinese imports accounted for $1.2 billion of that total, with $1.3 billion coming from other countries including Canada, Japan and Thailand.

China continued last year as the No. 1 source of imported truck/bus tires, despite shipments falling 14.4 percent, to 7.63 million units. Overall imports were off as well, by 3.8 percent to 13.9 million units. 

Thailand’s truck/bus tire exports to the U.S. jumped 98.7 percent to 1.82 million units, making that nation the No. 2 source of imported truck tires last year.

Canada, Japan and South Korea were third through fifth on the list, with South Korea’s exports to the U.S. growing 85.1 percent to 421,239 units.

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Industry report: OE tire market to grow 5.5% to 2021

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Pune, India – The global market for original equipment (OE) tires is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.48% from 2016 to 2021, to reach a value of $30.26 billion (€28 billion), according to a report by Indian research group MarketsandMarkets.

The demand, said the report, is driven by demand for improved fuel economy, low rolling resistance tires, eco-friendly and smart tires.

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Anxiety over availability hits rubber

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The price of rubber has fallen with the same speed at which it shot up last month in the international market. In 30 days, it has risen to ₹200 a kg and returned to ₹170.

This was triggered by anxiety over the availability of rubber in major rubber producing countries. Due to repeated floods in the southern provinces of Thailand at the end of last year and at beginning of this year, tapping could not be done for long periods . Along with this, the expectation that rubber demand from China would pick up in the new year has influenced futures trading in rubber.

There was also a widespread feeling that there could be a shortage in the global availability of rubber. In the futures market the impact was sudden. When the floods in Thailand gradually receded the anxiety about the non availability of rubber disappeared and the prices started falling.

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ITC decision leaves USW, retreaders reeling

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2017) — The United Steelworkers (USW) union and U.S. retreaders are reeling in the wake of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to not impose import duties on Chinese truck and bus tire imports.

The 3-2 ITC vote on Feb. 20 that the U.S. truck and bus tire industry has not suffered material injury because of Chinese imports means the U.S. Department of Commerce will not order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect antidumping and countervailing duties from Chinese truck and bus tire manufacturers and importers.

The USW union, which had petitioned the ITC for duties a year ago, expressed disappointment at the agency’s decision, as did represesentatives of the U.S. retreading industry, which supported elevated duties on Chinese truck/bus tires as a way to keep an important price differential between new Chinese tires and retreaded truck tires.

“Of all the stakeholders in this, retreaders are the ones who are hurt the most,” said Terry Westhafer, president of Verona, Va.-based retreading firm Central Tire Co.

Considering the fact that the Commerce Department had issued final antidumping and countervailing duties against Chinese tire makers in late January, Mr. Westhafer said it is hard to understand how the ITC failed to find material injury in this investigation.

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China slides to No. 2 U.S. tire trading partner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2017) — Canada replaced China last year as the No. 1 trading partner of the U.S. in tires, as the value of China’s imports to the U.S. — impacted primarily by the cut in consumer tire shipments due to the elevated import tariffs on passenger and light truck tires — tumbled nearly 43 percent to $1.52 billion.

The value of Canada’s imports fell as well, but by only 1.9 percent, to $1.59 billion, a volume that was sufficient to allow Canada to claim top billing, according to Tire Business‘ analysis of the 2016 data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Overall, the value of imports fell 10 percent vs. 2015, with reduced trade in passenger and truck tires influencing the change the most, Commerce Department data shows.

The value of South Korea’s imports inched up 0.7 percent to $1.43 billion to claim third, while the value of Thailand’s imports to the U.S. rose 21.2 percent to $1.37 billion, reflecting a 24.2-percent jump in passenger tire imports and a near doubling in truck/bus tire imports as Chinese manufacturers shifted production to plants in Thailand.

The value of Japan’s imports fell 18.6 percent to $1.18 billion, dropping that nation to fifth on the list of trading partners from third in 2015.

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Kramer: Goodyear on Front Edge of Connectivity Wave

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The past couple of days, you’ve heard a lot about one of my favorite topics, the value of the Goodyear brand. You heard a lot about our terrific products, our services and tools that help you build your businesses. You heard Scott talk a lot about the marketing partnerships that we have, particularly around NASCAR and college football. In fact, some of you told me last night how you loved and felt so proud seeing those Goodyear commercials during the football season.

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Yokohama completes acquisition of Japanese industrial tires producer

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Tokyo –Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) has completed the previously announced acquisition of Aichi Tire Industry Co.

Headquartered in Komaki, Aichi, Aichi Tire manufactures tires for industrial machinery, including forklifts, and Yokohama expects the acquisition to strengthen its position in that product sector.

Aichi Tire’s products include solid tires and press-on tires. The company supplies the tires to mainly Japanese-based industrial machinery manufacturers.

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Europe Racing Tires Market Report 2017

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This report studies sales (consumption) of Racing Tires in Europe market, especially in Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy, Spain and Benelux, focuses on top players in these countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these Countries, covering Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental, Hankook, Pirelli, and Cooper.

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Yokohama Rubber micro-site celebrates 100th anniversary

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Yokohama has launched a new micro-site to mark its 100th anniversary year. The site highlights milestones in the company’s history and products, created with two distinct timelines showing its corporate and product development. The manufacturer also presents video content to illustrate further the Yokohama story.

Since its foundation in the city of Yokohama, Japan in 1917, The Yokohama Rubber Company has evolved into a top ten global tyre manufacturer. Headquartered in Tokyo, and present in 120 countries, Yokohama supplies a wide range of tyres for the car, truck and bus, motorsport, and OTR sectors. With innovative products launched at the Geneva Motor Show exemplifying its environmental and high performance credentials, Yokohama Rubber characterises its essential philosophy as contributing to society by creating beneficial products.

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Tire Technology Expo 2017 Show review

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Tire Technology Expo – the premier showcase for the global tire design, development and manufacturing industry – continues its spectacular growth of recent years. The 2017 event, held for the second time at the Deutsche Messe in Hannover in February, was the 17th since the show’s foundation and the biggest yet, with 280 exhibiting companies, more than 600 conference and course attendees, and a three-day visitor and delegate total that nudged the 5,000 level for the second year running.

“Remarkably, within 15 minutes of opening the doors on the first morning, it was obvious that Tire Technology Expo 2017 was going to be even better than our best-ever show in 2016,” said Tony Robinson, CEO of UKIP Media & Events and founder of Tire Technology Expo. “I’ve been delighted with the number of visitors from all over the world. The exhibitors were happy, but equally importantly, the visitors were very happy because the show was full of the latest technologies and materials that people are looking for.”

Visitor Jukka Koskinen, development manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres, said, “Every year I make time in my calendar to attend the show. I visited many companies that I was interested in and I made strong contacts – all the manufacturers were there and it’s easy to find out answers to any questions that we may have.”

Read the source article at Tire Technology Expo 2017