Wind makers take on Asian imports

Wind farm tower manufacturers will lodge an anti-dumping claim in order to fight off competition from cheap Asian competitors.

BlueScope Steel, Keppel Prince Engineering, and Haywards, which together account for almost all tower manufacturing in Australia, will be filing the claims with Customs and Border Protection, according to The Australian.

Last year the US and Canada slapped large tariffs on Chinese tower makers following a dumping complaint, and the local firms said they hoped the Australian Government would follow suit.

The firms said they had received no support from Canberra, and Haywards boss Steve Edmunds also blamed the carbon tax for increasing the cost of doing business.

Late last year Keppel Prince said it was at risk of losing a tender due to competition from a South Korean company that could make turbines $100,000 cheaper.

At the time the company said it might have to consider shutting down the wind section of its business and around 100 jobs were at risk if it failed to secure more work.

Last year wind tower maker RPG Australia cut 154 workers and closed operations at three sites after it collapsed into administration.

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