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PMPA Press Release: PMPA Files Comments on the Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Aluminum

Tuesday June 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2017
Contact: Miles Free

PMPA Files Comments on the Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Aluminum

Washington, D.C. – The Precision Machined Products Association filed official comments to the Department of Commerce regarding the 232 investigation into the impact of aluminum imports on national security. PMPA members face a critical shortage of aluminum as U.S. producers of the raw material shifted their focus to aluminum used in the automotive and aerospace industries. Thousands downstream businesses manufacturing aluminum components are forced to source aluminum from overseas due to no available domestic supplier.

In its formal comments, PMPA asked that the Department of Commerce not take unilateral action and impose tariffs or import quotas on foreign aluminum without taking sufficient time to consider the growing applications and opportunities for aluminum. At a time when PMPA members are adding more aluminum work and creating jobs, the Department should not impose import restrictions or increase the cost of this critical raw material.

In referring to the focus on automotive and aerospace aluminum, Miles Free, Director of Industry Research and Technology at PMPA said, “When the few domestic producers manufacturing aluminum shift their focus to high demand or high profit types of aluminum, they create shortages for thousands of manufacturing companies and millions of aluminum components that businesses should manufacture in the U.S.”

“With the advancement of technologies and emphasis on lighterweight components, an increasing number of companies in our industry are using aluminum to supply their customers,” added Mr. Free. “This is an important development for the precision machining industry and we ask that the Department not recommend action that stunts our growth as we look at ways to expand our aluminum machining activities and add American jobs,” he continued.

Should the administration decide to move forward with applying tariffs or imposing quotas, PMPA also asked that the Department create a system to request exclusions for certain raw materials in short supply or not to the quality specifications required by many of PMPA members’ customers in the defense, aerospace, and automotive industries.

View the official PMPA comments below:

The Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) is a national trade association representing over 440 member companies involved in the production of highly engineered, precision machined components used in advanced automotive, aerospace, electrical, construction, and medical technologies PMPA’s members include metal producers, machining and manufacturing companies, machine tool builders, and producers of tooling, software and accessories, and metalworking fluids. The precision machining industry is best described by NAICS code 332721, and accounts for over 99,400 jobs with payrolls of $5.1 billion and shipments of over $18.4 billion. The mission of the PMPA is to provide the information, resources and networking opportunities to advance and sustain its members while advocating for manufacturing throughout the United States.