The EU Commission has announced the opening of an anti-dumping investigation into aluminium extrusions originating from China. The investigation follows a complaint by the European Aluminium (EA) whose member companies are negatively impacted by the dumping of Chinese exports of aluminium extrusions. EA welcomes the Commission’s action and urges the swift adoption of appropriate anti-dumping measures.
“Increasing amounts of underpriced Chinese exports are dumped on the EU market, with harmful consequences for European aluminium producers. In the past year, production lines and entire plants closed, with significant job losses as a result. We ask the EU to be proactive rather than wait until it is too late – we need anti-dumping duties to be introduced urgently,” says Gerd Götz, EA’s director general.
Chinese exports to the EU have more than doubled in the past five years; this is particularly the case for extrusions, says the industry body. “Chinese firms are not playing by the rules and show no signs of changing their approach. We have every reason to believe the dumping will continue unless the EU protects its market. If no urgent action is taken, Chinese production will further substitute European production and the EU risks losing a strategic value chain that is crucial to many low carbon applications,” concludes Götz.
The EU remains one of the last major markets that is unprotected against dumped Chinese exports of aluminium extrusions. Aluminium extrusions from China are currently subject to anti-dumping duties in the US, Canada, Australia and Vietnam.