India levies anti-dumping duties on mica-based pearlescents from the EU & the US

India levies anti-dumping duties on mica-based pearlescents from the EU & the US

FOCUS Asia/Pacific. Mr Wolfgang Hardtke (Global Business Manager) said: “Rising energy costs and increases in commodity prices are forcing us to strea...

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FOCUS Asia/Pacific. Mr Wolfgang Hardtke (Global Business Manager) said: “Rising energy costs and increases in commodity prices are forcing us to streamline our production portfolio and to pass on some of these extra costs to our markets.” The price increase will also support investment in new capacity. The company recently completed an expansion at its Bergheim (Germany) plant and it is now adding a further 10,000 tonnes/y here. (See ‘Focus on Pigments’, Nov 2004, 4). Press release from: Albemarle Corp, 330 South Fourth Street, PO Box 1335, Richmond, VA 23210, USA, Website: http://www.albemarle.com (11 Oct 2004)

Lanxess raises iron oxide & chrome oxide pigment prices Lanxess (the company hived off by Bayer to run its base chemical businesses) has increased its worldwide prices for certain inorganic pigments by between €40 and €80 per tonne, effective 1 November 2004. Mr Wolfgang Schmitz (Head of the Inorganic Pigments Business Unit) explained that the costs of raw materials, energy and transportation have escalated sharply over the past year. The products subject to the latest wave of price hikes comprise iron oxide and chrome oxide pigments marketed under the brandnames Bayferrox, Colortherm and Bayoxide. They are used to colour a wide variety of products such as concrete, roofing tiles, paints, plastics and paper. They are also used as speciality pigments for toners and similar applications. In the UK, the Lanxess inorganic pigments group continues to operate under the name of W Hawley & Son Ltd, based at Branston, Staffordshire. In Eire, sales of Lanxess pigments are handled by Bayer’s Dublin office. Press release from: Lanxess Deutschland, Leverkusen, Germany, Tel: +49 214 30 54526, Fax: +49 214 30 50691, Website: http://www.lanxess.com (19 Oct 2004)

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ceramic tiles. DuPont’s zircon is generated as a co-product of its TiO2 feedstock mining operations on the Trail Ridge deposits in northern Florida. Press release from: DuPont Titanium Technologies, BMP36-1172, PO Box 80036, Wilmington, DE 198800036, USA, E-mail: [email protected]

Sun, BASF & Clariant raise organic pigment prices Major suppliers of organic pigments announced price increases towards the end of 2004. Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments Group declared in November that it intended to raise worldwide prices for its pigments and pigment preparations by 5-10%. BASF raised prices by up to 25% for its organic colorants sold to customers in the plastics, coatings and graphic arts industries. Clariant raised prices by up to 20% for products in its pigments and additives portfolio, effective 1 December 2004. Rubber and Plastics News, 29 Nov 2004, 34 (9), 4 & Paint and Resin Times, Nov 2004, (5), 3 & Press release from: Clariant GmbH, Pigments & Additives Division, Am Unisys-Park 1, D-65843 Sulzbach, Germany. Website: http://www.pa.clariant.com (16 Nov 2004)

US levies anti-dumping duties on carbazole violet from India & China Complaints by Sun Chemical and Nation Ford Chemical that carbazole violet (Pigment Violet 23) was being sold at less than fair value in the US were officially filed in April 2004. (See ‘Focus on Pigments’, Aug 2004, 3). On 17 November, the International Trade Administration section within the US Department of Commerce declared that certain Indian and Chinese suppliers were indeed guilty of dumping carbazole violet. Antidumping duties were imposed, with effect from 29 December 2004. Federal Register, 17 Nov 2004, 69 (221), 6730467308 & 29 Dec 2004, 69 (249), 77987-77989 (Website: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/advanced.html)

DuPont raises zircon prices Effective 1 January 2005 or as soon as permitted by contract, DuPont is increasing the prices of its Florida zircon by $100 per tonne in the US and by $110 per tonne in all markets outside the US. Zircon is widely used as an opacifying pigment in making

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India levies anti-dumping duties on mica-based pearlescents from the EU & the US Sudarshan (part of the Dainippon Ink & Chemicals group) filed a complaint some time ago about mica-based pearlescent pigments being imported

into India at “less than normal value.” The complaint was investigated by the Designated Authority in the Commerce Ministry. It found that the combined market share of Indian manufacturers fell from 63.78% in 2000/01 to 57.86% in 2002/03. Over the same time-frame, imports from suppliers based in the EU, the US, China and Japan increased. Suppliers based in these areas represented 92.96% of total exports to India of mica-based pearlescents in 2000/01 and they represented 97.41% of the total in 2002/03. The Commerce Ministry has recommended a definitive anti-dumping duty of $1.25 per kilo on imports of mica-based pearlescents from the EU and $2.27 per kilo on imports from the US. No anti-dumping duties will be levied on Japanese or Chinese suppliers. Business Line, 3 Jan 2005, 12 (3), 5

South Korea names Chinese suppliers guilty of dumping anatase TiO2 Further details have been provided on the imposing of anti-dumping duties on identified Chinese anatase TiO2 pigment suppliers exporting to South Korea. The duties have been imposed on shipments coming into South Korea from 2 October 2004 onwards. The rate of duty is levied at only 4.98% for Guangxi Pinggui, but at 23.08% for Zibo Cobalt Industrial, Glory International Trading, Sinochem Jiangsu, Zhenjiang Star and Guangxi Baihe. The rate of duty for all other Chinese suppliers is levied at 17.13%. The anti-dumping duties will be reviewed at the end of January 2005. Asian Chemical News, 11 Oct 2004, 10 (464), 4 & China Chemical Reporter, 16 Nov 2004, 15 (32), 9

ISK sees India as fastest growing TiO2 market in 2005 Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha (ISK) believes that the Indian TiO2 pigment market will be the fastest growing market in Asia during 2005. ISK forecasts for growth are 7-10% for India, 5-7% for China, and 2-3% for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In all these markets, the paints sector will be the major driving force for growth. On a global basis, growth in demand is expected to outstrip growth in capacity, underpinning suppliers’

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