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February 19, 2015
By Bob Matyi

Felman files antidumping claim against Australian imports

US silicomanganese producer Felman Production has filed an antidumping petition with the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission against silicomanganese imports from Australia, the company said February 19.

Felman, operator of a 105,000 mt/year silicomanganese plant in New Haven, West Virginia, filed the petition "in response to large and increasing volumes of low-priced imports of silicomanganese from Australia's only producer, Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company," it said in a statement.

Felman said that TEMCO's prices "dropped sharply in recent years," characterizing them as "unfairly low" prices that "significantly undercut" US producer prices and contributed to US market price declines that forced Felman to halt production from June 2013 to July 2014.

Felman estimated that TEMCO is selling its silicomanganese into the US at prices that amount to a dumping margin of 61.1%.

"Because Australia has been the 'low price leader' in recent years, and because US contract prices are linked to published index prices, Felman believes there is no doubt that imports from Australia are having a far-reaching effect on US industry financial performance and American jobs," the company added.

Felman restarted its plant last year, running with two furnaces, after inking a new electricity contract. A company spokesman confirmed February 19 that Felman still has not restarted the third furnace at New Haven.

The Department of Commerce has 20 days to decide whether to launch an antidumping investigation in response to Felman's petition, and the International Trade Commission is expected to reach a preliminary determination within 45 days.

An investigation could take about a year to complete, Felman said, although preliminary antidumping duties could be assessed on Australian imports in less than six months.

Felman is a subsidiary of Florida-based Georgian American Alloys.

Besides Felman, the only other silicomanganese producer in the US is Eramet Marietta, which has a plant in Ohio.