1 May 2018, the Department of Commerce of the US announced its affirmative
preliminary determination in the anti-dumping duty investigations of imports of
polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from China. The department assigned a
preliminary dumping rate of 84.75% for Daikin Fluorochemicals and 69.34% for
Shandong Dongyue. The rates of other producers/exporters in China that are
eligible for a separate rate and that are not was 78.74% and 208.16%
respectively. In 2016, imports of PTFE resin from China were valued at an
estimated USD24.60 million. The department is scheduled to announce its final
determinations in Sept. 2018 and the International Trade Commission will make
final injury determinations on 29 Oct. 2018. If both of these two
determinations are positive, an anti-dumping duty will be imposed since 5 Nov.
According to the petition filed by Chemours, the estimated alleged dumping margins ranged from 23.4 percent to 408.9 percent for China, and 15.8 to 128.1 percent for India, the Commerce Department said in a statement.
The price rises of Chinese fluorochemicals, that occurred since 2017, are the result of rigorous environmental inspections and consequently limited market supply. Hence, fluorochemical producers that are self-sufficient in raw materials and free from high pressure on environmental protection will occupy a favourable position in the market.
Firstly, the boom in the fluorochemical industry stems from rigorous environmental inspections and limited raw material supply. As the demand from downstream sectors remains strong, this industry will remain prosperous as a result.
Secondly, the price of hydrofluoric acid (HF) climbs at the fastest rate. As HF is a key material for the manufacture of many fluorochemicals, whether a company can be self-efficient in HF determines its profitability.
Finally, an increasing number of new-type fluorine-enriched products are emerging, and these fast-growing industries deserve attention.
According to CCM’s research, China exported PTFE dispersion resin for USD13,328 per tonne in April 2018, a very small drop of 0.45% compared to March. PTFE medium size particle resin was exported by USD12,966 per tonne, a solid increase of 3.43% compared to the previous month.
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