Mechanic Falls, ME — (February 17, 2017) — Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission determined that imports from China of amorphous silica fabric (“silica fabric”), that were previously found by the U.S. Department of Commerce to be unfairly priced and subsidized, materially injure the U.S. industry. This is the culmination of the petition filed by Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (“AMI”) in January 2016. As a result, U.S. importers of silica fabric will be required to post combined estimated antidumping and countervailing duties ranging from approximately 200% to 300%. AMI is the largest U.S. manufacturer of silica fabric, operating two manufacturing plants in Maine. AMI is the principal supplier of amorphous silica fabric to the U.S. Navy.
AMI had lost a significant number of sales to Chinese imports due to extremely low import prices, resulting in AMI having to lay off workers. As a result of the successful petition and the imposition of duties, AMI is seeing a rebound in sales, which has allowed it to hire back many of the previously laid off workers. Just as important, AMI will be able to continue being a viable supplier of silica fabric to the U.S. Navy.
AMI very much appreciates the effort by the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce in investigating the unfair trade practices of the Chinese producers. Ms. Leonard, the President and CEO of AMI, states the following: “I am extremely happy with the outcome of the proceedings and thank the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce for leveling the playing field for my company. I am also grateful to U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin. The Maine delegation was instrumental in taking a stand against unfair trade from China.”
For more information, please contact Rhonda Cox at RCox@auburnmfg.com or 207-345-8771.