New Delhi — India has expanded its anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made injection molding machines, putting new financial penalties on presses above 1,000 metric tons of clamping force.
A Feb. 16 announcement from India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that injection molding machines from 40-3,200 tonnes will now face duties of 43.59 percent. Previously, the duties stopped at machines larger than 1,000 tonnes clamping force.
India's Directorate General of Trade Remedies opened an investigation in February 2021, following a petition from the Plastics Machinery Manufacturers Association of India on behalf of the largest makers of molding machines in India, Shibaura Machine India Pvt. Ltd. and Milacron India Pvt. Ltd.
The DGTR ruling said those two companies, which are units of Japanese and U.S. firms, account for more than 50 percent of India's domestic production of molding machines.
DGTR said that imports increased during the period it was investigating, from April 2019 to September 2020, in both absolute terms and relative to Indian consumption.
"The subject imports are undercutting the selling price of the domestic industry… and also causing suppression effect on the prices of the domestic industry," the agency said. "Overall performance of the domestic industry has deteriorated in terms of production, sales and capacity utilization."
"The Authority therefore concludes that the domestic industry has suffered material injury," DGTR said.
PMMAI said it supported the government decision.