SolarWorld, Coalition for U.S. Solar Manufacturing Respond to SEIA Proposal
Regarding U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute
WASHINGTON -- September 24, 2013
The following statement is from Gordon Brinser, the U.S. president of
manufacturing for SolarWorld Industries America Inc., leader of the Coalition
for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), in response to a proposal from the
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) regarding settlement of the U.S.
solar trade cases against China:
“While we appreciate the efforts of the Solar Energy Industries Association
(SEIA), we are highly skeptical of any settlement with China or Chinese
companies given their history of predatory market and trade practices.
“SolarWorld fought and won trade cases against dumped and subsidized Chinese
products only to see Chinese companies use any and all means to circumvent the
orders and avoid the lawful payment of antidumping and countervailing duties.
These trade orders against China will be in place for years to come. We have
no intention of giving them up unless and until China’s unfair trade practices
“Worse still, the Chinese government has responded by filing retaliatory cases
against other U.S. industries such as polysilicon, just as it did in the solar
trade cases in Europe. Retaliation is not a strategy that the U.S. government
Timothy C. Brightbill, a partner of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley
Rein LLP and counsel to SolarWorld, further stated: “We support the U.S.
government’s efforts to negotiate a solution with China that addresses all of
China’s continued dumping, subsidies, and unfair trade practices. However,
SEIA’s proposal does not accomplish this goal.
“Fair trade requires that all parties play by the rules. And we do not trust
those who support illegal Chinese imports to negotiate an outcome that
protects SolarWorld’s ability to enter its fourth decade of U.S. solar
Founded by seven companies that manufacture solar cells and panels in the
United States, CASM now includes 240 employers of more than 18,000 Americans.
The founding manufacturers have plants in nearly every region in the United
Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing
Tim Brightbill, 202-719-3138
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