Washington, D.C. (WKOW) -- from WI Governor's Office: Governor Doyle testified Thursday in support of the domestic lightweight thermal paper industry and urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to recognize that unfair trading practices are putting the industry in peril.
"Lightweight thermal paper is a Wisconsin innovation that has proven to be a success, but no matter how strong and innovative our companies are, they can only succeed if they are afforded a level playing field," Governor Doyle said. "As the U.S. Commerce Department already noted, this product is being sold in the U.S. at prices significantly below market rates. There is little doubt that these practices reflect a clear attempt by foreign competitors to grab market share at the expense of the U.S. industry. It would be unfair to allow our manufacturers and their workers to fall prey to the illegal pricing strategies of global competitors who refuse to compete on fair terms."
Lightweight thermal paper is used for receipts from ATMs, among many other applications.
Appleton Papers, which has close to 1,350 employees in Wisconsin, is the main petitioner in the unfair trading case and it produces more than 60 percent of the world's lightweight thermal paper.
Since its founding more than 100 years ago, Appleton Papers has been a cornerstone of the Fox River Valley.
It is an employee-owned company that has invested approximately $14 million per year to keep its operations safe, state of the art, and here in Wisconsin.
Governor Doyle thanked Sen. Herb Kohl, U.S. Rep Steve Kagen and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri for their help in supporting the domestic paper industry.
The International Trade Commission has the responsibility to determine whether or not material injury was caused to an industry by any dumping actions.
Its decision can result in additional duties on certain lightweight thermal paper exporters.
The federal Department of Commerce on Sept. 26 issued a decision that found unfair dumping and subsidization of lightweight thermal paper.