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JUN 2019

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June 2019 • 19 Cambria Files Trade Petitions Fighting Indian, Turkish Quartz Imports LE SUEUR, MN — Cambria, the Le Sueur, MN producer of natural quartz sur- faces, has filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with U.S. trade officials, charging that Indian and Turkish quartz producers have used dumping and government subsidies to gain an unfair advantage in the U.S. market. Cambria's petitions, filed with the U.S. Commerce Dept. and the U.S. Interna- tional Trade Commission (USITC), allege dumping margins averaging 344.11% for India and 89.38% for Turkey, allowing for "prices far below the fair value" of quartz surface products that are commonly used in applications that include countertops, bar surfaces, shower/tub surrounds, walls, floors and bathroom vanities, Cambria officials said. The petitions allege that Indian and Turkish producers benefit from numer- ous subsidy programs – including grants, loans, tax breaks and the provision of land, electricity and raw material inputs at below-market prices – provided by their respective governments. In addition, the petitions allege that the increase in Indian and Turkish imports has injured the domestic industry and threatens further damage if duties to offset India and Turkey's unfair trade practices are not imposed. According to Cambria, Indian and Turkish producers "swiftly took advantage of quartz importer/resellers' desire for cheaply priced quartz" after preliminary duties were imposed recently on quartz surface products from China. The final anti-dumping rates for Chinese imports of quartz slabs range from 265.81% to 336.69%, while the final countervailing duty rates range from 45.32% to 190.99%, Cambria said. A final injury determination by the ITC on the Chinese quartz imports is scheduled for this month, the company noted. The Dept. of Commerce decision "confirms that imported quartz product from China are illegally and unfairly traded," said Marty Davis, president and CEO of Cambria. Those products, Davis said, "are dumped into our free market economy as the result of specific tactical subsidies provided by the government of China." In the unfair-trade petition filed against India and Turkey, Cambria has charged that producers from those countries, as from China, have used dumping and government subsidies to gain an unfair advantage in the U.S. market. Imports of quartz surface products from Turkey and India increased 141%, from 6.1 million sq. ft. in 2016 to 14.7 million sq. ft. in 2018, according to Cambria. If both the Commerce Dept. and ITC render affirmative determinations, preliminary relief from Indian and Turkish quartz imports could be imposed in October, with final duties imposed in June of 2020, Cambria noted. KONST Union Opens Maryland Showroom BETHESDA, MD — KONST, the award-winning modern living studio designed by owner Jonas Carnemark, has announced the grand opening of its latest brand extension, KONST Union, a 1,250-sq.-ft. upscale bath fixtures and furniture showroom located in Bethesda, MD. After the recent acquisition with Union Hardware, KONST Union will now incorporate design, installation and project management services as part of a new business model to provide products and services in one location. The showroom brings to North America an exclusive selection of luxury Eu- ropean bath brands, including Fantini, Falper, Effegibi, Vitage, Milldue, Noorth, Devon & Devon and Crosswater London. "KONST Union marks an important stage in the company's strategic expan- sion," said Carnemark, CEO of the KONST brands. "It's a natural extension for us to provide homeowners with everything they need for the two most important rooms of the house." "I'm pleased to be working with Jonas Carnemark, whom I hand selected for his reputation and expertise in introducing top European luxury brands into the U.S. market," said David Goldberg, former owner of Union Hardware, a staple of the Bethesda community for more than 100 years. "I feel confident that he will support our clients with the highest level of design expertise and customer service." KONST Union is open to both the public as well as the trade from Monday through Friday as well as Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Customers can also request appointments at (301) 654-7810 or GLASSCRAFTERS INC. G C The Regal Series™ is defi ned by its elegance. This sleek structure features hand crafted solid brass frames with brilliant decorative plated fi nishes to complement traditional or contemporary designs. Metropolis Series'™ fully-framed, state-of-the-art, grid design provides a retro feel, while delivering modernistic function. Precision Craftsmanship Meets Elegant Design Metropolis Series™ Regal Series™ 1+ (888) 683-1362 Circle No. 9 on Product Card

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