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Chinese reaction on wind towers anti-dumping anti-subsidy investigations

News International-French

31 Jan 2012

From the Ministry of Commerce, following the photovoltaic, the Chinese wind power industry is also facing the anti-dumping and subsidy investigations from the U.S.

U.S. Wind Tower Trade Coalition recently has made a request in the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to launch anti-dumping and subsidy investigations for the application-level wind tower product exported from China and Vietnam. Based on US Investigation procedures, the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to decide whether to accept the application by January 18, 2012.

A dozen of Chinese wind power companies including Gold Wind, Huarui gathered in Beijing to discuss the countermeasures. "Has requested a special counsel, and is working to communicate with the United States for not filing." Qi Hesheng, Secretary General China Agricultural Machinery Industry Association, wind energy equipment Branch told reporters that the specific amount of money involved has not been fully sorted out, but the estimated value is about US$ 100 million.

The United States is second largest wind power market right after China. The Wind Tower Trade Coalition consisted by the wind tower Trinity Structural Towers, DMI Industries, Katana Summit, Broadwind Energy and three other wind tower enterprises, and they are seeking for more than 64% and more than 59% of the tariff imposed on Chinese and Vietnamese imports of wind turbine towers. Qi told reporters that a total of four companies involved were Tianshun Metal (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Jiangyin Chengxi Shipyard, Shanghai Tai Sheng Electrical Engineering Machinery Co., Ltd., re Wind Power Equipment (Lianyungang) Co., Ltd..

Wind tower block is welded by a number of high-quality steel plates to support large-scale wind turbines. These steel towers are usually more than 9 meters, weighs 350 tons, priced at 600,000.00 USD, the price depends largely on the level of steel prices, the current wind towers accounts about 20% of the entire wind turbine price. According to the legal representative Wiley Rein firm's indictment, in 2011, the United States imports from China and Vietnam almost doubled. Katana Summit said that imports are now account for almost half the market share.



Wiley Rein firm Bridgestone, said: "As many clean energy industries, the Chinese government gave a large number of subsidies to wind towers which distorts the market." "United States the possibility of filing is great." Tires, photovoltaic, aluminum and other products are filed; it is very possible for wind power to be filed as well. To photovoltaic, for example, "Litigation took a year or two, which left sufficient breathing space for the U.S. photovoltaic industry in the ever changing market."



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Original language: Chinese