EUROPEAN GLASS FIBRE INDUSTRY CALLS ON THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES OF STATE-BACKED CHINESE EXPORTERS
Brussels 26 November 2013: Mauro Malanchini, President of GlassFibreEurope commented: “China continues to dump increasing volumes of glass fibre on the European market and we see that this is made possible by aggressive state planning and subsidised overcapacity. Therefore, we have officially requested that the European Commission review the effectiveness of the current anti-dumping measures on imports of Chinese glass fibre into the EU, and investigate subsidies granted to exporters by the People’s Republic of China, state banks and local governments.”
GlassFibreEurope represents the interests of European glass fibre manufacturers and their 5,000 employees. Glass fibre is a strategic sector for Europe’s future because new materials made with it are stronger and lighter than traditional materials like steel, aluminium and wood. The most extensive use of glass fibre is in composite materials, which are integral to some of the most exciting European innovations of our time including wind turbines, the new Airbus A350 and fuel-efficient cars. If Europe loses glass fibre manufacturing, key sectors from renewables to construction will be dependent on inputs from China.
Unfortunately EU anti-dumping measures on glass fibre imposed in 2011 did not create a level playing field with unfair competition from China. Chinese exporters are dumping glass fibre in Europe at prices that continue to undercut local European manufacturers, rendering current anti-dumping duties ineffective.
Axel Jorns, Secretary-General at GlassFibreEurope concluded: “China now accounts for around 40% of all imports into the EU, and import volumes have increased 40% since the Commission’s initial investigation. European industry is not losing to China because of lack of competitiveness but rather illegal dumping and subsidies. The European glass fibre producers have lost further employment, more than 15%, since the Commission’s initial investigation due to the continuation of the dumped imports from China. The EU must impose effective anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures to restore fair competition with China and keep glass fibre manufacturing in Europe.”
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