GlobalUpdate  
U.S. Files WTO Complaint Against  
China Regarding Aluminum  
n one of its last actions before leav- and causing a significant decrease in statement. “[This] action follows  
ing the Oval Office, the Obama ad- the global price for primary aluminum. significant engagement by this ad-  
ministration announced on January This was the 16 time the Obama ad- ministration on excess capacity and  
2 that the U.S. filed a new trade en- ministration took action against China demonstrates our commitment to  
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forcement complaint against China at at the WTO.  
the World Trade Organization (WTO), “Artificially cheap loans from  
hold China to its trade obligations.  
According to the USTR’s office, the  
alleging the country is skirting WTO banks and low-priced inputs for country’s apparent subsidies raise  
rules by providing subsidies to certain Chinese aluminum are contributing concerns that China is not acting con-  
producers of primary aluminum. The to excess capacity and undercut- sistently with its obligations under  
complaint alleges that China’s subsi- ting American workers and busi- the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and  
dies are artificially expanding Chinese nesses,” U.S. Trade Representative Countervailing Measures.  
capacity, production and market share (USTR) Michael Froman said in a  
China’s Commerce Ministry issued  
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ganizational structure. The  
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company has replaced “Glass  
Company” with “Building & Industrial  
Glass Company” and an “Automotive  
Company.”  
Architectural [and] industrial glass  
business and automotive glass busi-  
ness are two totally different mar-  
kets with different business models,”  
reads a company memo. “This organi-  
zational reform will enable more agile  
business operations that better cater  
to the needs of each market.”  
The board’s nominating committee  
also approved a number of position  
changes. Jean-François Heris was ap- AGC Glass Europe announced its plans to re-start its float glass furnace in  
pointed president of the Building & In- Boussois, Northern France in 2017.  
dustrial Glass Company, and Tadayuki  
Oi vice president. Masahiro Takeda According to the company, the re-entry The programmed shutdown for re-  
was named regional president for Asia into service was prompted by several  
Pacific. All three were current execu- interlinked factors, including:  
pair of other furnaces in the group.  
After refurbishment, the Boussois  
tive officers.  
• Economic improvement in Western float furnace, which has adjustable  
Also, in Europe the company will  
re-start its float glass furnace in Bous-  
sois, France in April 2017.  
The furnace was shut down in 2013  
due to the economic crisis in Europe.  
and Central Europe impacting glass capacity of up to 650 tons per day, will  
demand;  
be able to meet glass demand from  
• Sustained demand for automotive the European and overseas glass mar-  
glass, which now accounts for a grow- kets and improve customer service,  
ing part of the group’s capacity; and  
according to the release.  
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Mechelen, Belgium, on Ever- and R&D/innovation center.  
in early December 2016 for the  
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lam’s international headquar- Mechelen’s mayor, Bart Somers, Ev- ground-breaking ceremony. The new  
ters. The facility will house the head erlam’s board of directors, leadership building will consolidate all main func-  
tions that are currently split across  
multiple sites.  
The center will provide the com-  
pany’s employees with a modern,  
well-equipped and stimulating en-  
vironment to foster innovation and  
business development. Mechelen,  
centrally located in Europe, offers ac-  
cess to a highly qualified, multilingual  
workforce and is the perfect location  
to support our customers,” says Dr.  
Greg Parekh, Everlam chairman.  
Harald Hammer, Everlam CEO, adds,  
Our new HQ marks a major step in  
Members of Everlam’s leadership team were joined by Mechelen’s mayor, building an independent, sustainable  
Bart Somers (fifth from left ), for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of company serving the architectural lam-  
the company’s new headquarters.  
inated safety glass market ...”  
a statement saying the U.S. complaint banding together to promote and de-  
Board members include represen-  
lacked a factual basis,” Reuters re- fend what it considers to be “free and tatives from extrusion companies and  
trade associations who will represent  
ported.“China’s aluminum market is fair trade.”  
a highly competitive and marketized  
Industry members from North their country or region on fair trade  
industry,” it said.“Relevant loans and America, South America, Australia, matters. Jason Weber, director of in-  
raw material purchases are all fully New Zealand, the Gulf States and Is- ternational market intelligence for  
marketized and commercial. The so- rael have formed the International Fair Sapa Extrusion North America, was  
called subsidy problem claimed by Trade Alliance (IFTA).  
the United States does not exist.” The IFTA is guided by a board of  
elected chairperson.  
“IFTA believes that a network of  
The USTR office claims that from directors made up of representatives market-based aluminum extrusion  
007-2015, Chinese primary alumi- from aluminum extrusion manufac- companies and associations can  
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num production increased by ap- turers and trade organizations. Ac- work together to support, teach and  
proximately 154 percent and capacity cording to a news release from the advocate fair trade practices at a na-  
increased by approximately 243 per- new alliance, its mission is to “pro- tional and international level,” says  
cent,while global prices fell by approx- mote the progress and development Weber.  
imately 46 percent. USTR notes that of the industry in areas of free and  
Other board members include:  
during the same period, U.S. primary fair trade, cooperate with government Duncan Crowdis, Aluminum Extrud-  
aluminum production decreased by officials and government agencies on ers Council (U.S./Canada); Michael  
approximately 37 percent and capac- matters affecting the industry, and Gil Gmez, Alumina S.A. (Colombia);  
ity decreased by approximately 46 foster greater and freer networking Lewis Saragossi, Australian Alumi-  
percent, even though overall U.S. con- among global aluminum extrusion num Extrusion Association (Austra-  
sumption increased. The number of industry professionals.”  
U.S. aluminum smelters fell from 14  
Jeff Henderson, president of the Alu- Gulf Aluminum Council (Gulf States);  
in 2011 to five in 2016, with only one minum Extruders Council, will serve Jochen Mnch, Corporacin Ecuatoriana  
operating at full capacity. as IFTA’s executive director. His Chi- de Aluminio Cedal S.A. (Ecuador);  
lia/New Zealand); Mahmoud Daylami,  
Also related to international alumi- cago-based management company the Roy Shenkar, Klil Industries (Israel);  
num matters, a group of aluminum Sanford Organization (TSO) will over- and Mike Flynn, Apel Extrusions  
extruders from around the globe is see the newly formed group.  
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