Skana weighs trade petition vs. China

Apr 02, 2014 | 05:24 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Skana Aluminum, Robert M. Gamba, trade petition, China, flat-rolled products, fabrication surcharge, sheet, plate coil

SAN ANTONIO — Skana Aluminum Co. is mulling a trade complaint against imports from China following what the company characterizes as a surge of low-priced flat-rolled aluminum into the U.S. market.

"The way that it’s trending up ... you are talking about potentially 350 million pounds of extremely cheap product coming in" this year, Skana Aluminum president and chief operating officer Robert M. Gamba said in an interview on the sidelines of the Aluminum Association’s spring meeting in San Antonio.

The Manitowoc, Wis., rolling mill has seen a nearly 400-percent increase in imports of certain sheet, coil and plate products from China between 2012 and 2013 that the company thinks are arriving at prices that neither domestic nor offshore suppliers can match without losing money, Gamba said.....

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