After SolarWorld filed a petition with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Department of Commerce (DOC) to stop what it considered unfair trade practices by China, Suntech Power Holdings has issued a response.
“We're currently reviewing the petition filed with the US International Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce. Anyone can file one of these actions; having filed an action is in no way a validation from the US government as to the merits of the action. Companies listed in the petition are not subject to a single blanket judgment, and each individual company, including Suntech, will respond in accordance with ITC & DOC guidelines. As a global company listed on the NYSE, we are confident in our position and well-prepared to substantiate our strict adherence to fair international trade practices. Until the issue is resolved, we will continue to work with our customers and partners to ensure business as usual.”
SolarWorld and seven other US manufacturers have formed The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, which alleges in its petition to the US government that China is contributing to the downfall of solar jobs and manufacturing opportunities in the US.