European steelmakers association Eurofer has welcomed the initiation this week of an investigation by the European Commission into the possible dumping of wind towers from China.
Wind towers are mainly built with steel and Eurofer believes this new investigation shows that “…steel-using sectors also need adequate trade remedies”.
In a note seen by Kallanish, the association explains that wind plate and electrical steels are among the most used steel products to produce wind towers. Imports of these products from China are already subject to anti-dumping measures. For that reason, measures on imports of downstream finished products are welcomed by the association.
“Maintaining and developing the steel-based industrial value chain in Europe is key to both the survival and sustainability of the European steel industry, but also of the sectors downstream of it,” says Axel Eggert, director general of Eurofer.
According to European rules, provisional measures on Chinese wind towers could be imposed by June next year.