The Mirror Division of GANA kicked off this year's Glass Week with an afternoon-long
meeting on Saturday.
At the technical committee meeting, attendees discussed the current effort
to update ASTM C 1036, the standard specification for flat glass, and whether
there are any changes, which will have an impact on the mirror manufacturers.
Also, the group, following on the success of its first Mirror Informational
Bulletin, Proper Procedures for Cleaning Flat Glass Mirrors, discussed topics
that would be strong candidates for future attention.
Two areas came to the fore: proper fabrication techniques for mirrors, and
installing mirrors to preserve the life of the mirrors or how to avoid edge deterioration.
At the membership/business segment of the meeting, a report was circulated
updating attendees on Chinese mirror and dumping charges.
Following the final determination issuance the end of last year that Chinese
wooden bedroom furniture is being imported into the U.S. at less than fair value,
on January 4 the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA)
imposed anti-dumping duties on dozens of designated Chinese manufacturers. The
duties are applied to all such furniture sold since June 24, 2004 mostly at a
rate of 6.65 percent, down from the 8.64 percent originally imposed in November
The report stated that the imposed anti-dumping duty margins are too small
to have any significant impact on the volume of bedroom furniture imports from
China, according to some in the mirror industry.
The bedroom furniture subject to the dumping duties includes vanities including
those incorporating mirrors and dressers with framed mirrors attached or hanging
over the dressers.
Drew Mayberry, division chairman, pointed out that this action was separate
from the effort the mirror manufacturers had undertaken to prove Chinese mirror
was being dumped. This effort failed because the manufacturers could not prove
that U.S. manufacturers were being hurt because a significant number of them were
importing mirror themselves.