News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

August 29, 2016

US Commerce Dept affirms antidumping duty on Chinese truck/bus tires

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 6:20 pm

The US Department of Commerce today made an affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation for truck and bus tires imported from China. The Commerce Department issued a fact sheet on August 29 that proposed a 20.87% preliminary dumping rate against one of the two of the mandatory respondents in the investigation, Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd. The other mandatory respondent, Double Coin Holdings Ltd., is not eligible for a separate rate and so is included in the China-wide entity dumping rate of 22.57%. No other Chinese tire producers or exporters responded to the Commerce Department’s requests for information and so will be subject to the 22.57% preliminary dumping rate.

Commerce began its investigation into Chinese imports of truck and bus tires on February 19, 2016, responding to petitions filed by the United Steelworkers with the International Trade Commission. The petitions sought antidumping and countervailing duties against the Chinese imports. On June 28, Commerce issued a notice that it had found preliminary affirmative evidence of government subsidies, issuing preliminary countervailing duties. Commerce’s final decision in the investigation is due on January 17, 2017.


August 18, 2016

Notch updates Carbon Black World Data Book

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:06 pm

Notch Consulting is proud to announce the publication of the 2016 edition of the Carbon Black World Data Book, the most widely read and authoritative report on the $13 billion global carbon black industry. Published annually and updated quarterly, this 352-page report provides extensive proprietary data on carbon black supply and demand. The report provides global trends as well as detailed coverage for 26 leading countries. Historical data are provided for all years from 2005 through 2015, with forecasts for all years through 2020, as well as 2025. Data provided for each country and region include carbon black capacity by company and plant, capacity utilization, production, imports, exports, demand, markets (passenger car tires, truck/bus tires, other tires, non-tire rubber, and specialty blacks), grades (tread, carcass, and other), as well as market value and average pricing.

I know there are a lot of reports out there on the carbon black industry, so let me take a moment to tell you why you should choose this one. The Carbon Black World Data Book has been published annually for 12 years — same author, same research team, consistent methodology. We know the carbon black industry. But don’t necessarily take our word for it — talk to people in the carbon black and tire industries and ask them what source they trust. They’ll tell you Notch. 

Here is an overview of the report. Contact Notch ( for a sample copy of the spreadsheet showing all data presented in the report.



August 9, 2016

Sumitomo adding tire capacity in NY

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 7:39 pm

Sumitomo Rubber Industries will double capacity for passenger car and light truck tires in Tonawanda, New York by the end of 2019. The project is budgeted at $87 million and will take capacity to 10,000 tires per day.

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