Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Friday, March 29, 2002
China to Investigate Polyvinyl Chloride Imports
The Ministry of Foreign Trade andEconomic Cooperation (MOFTEC) will launch on Friday an anti-dumping investigation into polyvinyl chloride imports from the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Taiwan Province. MOFTEC will decide whether dumping took place and if so to what extent in keeping with China's regulations on anti-dumping.
According to MOFTEC sources, the dumping case was reported by relevant companies in northern and eastern China representing China's manufacturers of polyvinyl chloride, an important material for making plastic pipes and other products.
About Polyvinyl Chloride
Poly(vinyl chloride) is the plastic known at the hardware store as PVC. This is the PVC from which pipes are made, and PVC pipe is everywhere. The plumbing in your house is probably PVC pipe, unless it's an older house. PVC pipe is what rural high schools with small budgets use to make goal posts for their football fields. But there's more to PVC than just pipe. The "vinyl" siding used on houses is made of poly(vinyl chloride). Inside the house, PVC is used to make linoleum for the floor. In the seventies, PVC was often used to make vinyl car tops.
PVC is useful because it resists two things that hate each other: fire and water. Because of it's water resistance it is used to make raincoats and shower curtains, and of course, water pipes. It has flame resistance, too, because it contains chlorine. When you try to burn PVC, chlorine atoms are released, and chlorine atoms inhibit combustion. >>details