Alacero – Santiago, Chile, April 20th, 2015. Eight national and regional associations representing the steel industries of Europe, North and Latin America joined in expressing their concern to the Chinese government about the recently revised “Adjustment Policy 2015” to the Chinese national steel strategy, released last March. The policy does not address the root causes of the current overcapacity in China, the trade imbalance it generates at a global level and, additionally, allows for the continuity of governmental control and financial support to the steel industry.
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA), the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), the Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports (CPTI), the European Steel Association (EUROFER), the Latin American Steel Association (ALACERO), the Mexican Iron and Steel Industry Chamber (CANACERO) and the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) explain in their document that the “Adjustment Policy 2015” continues to reflect a top-down and state-dominated approach to the steel industry reforms – thereby maintaining an environment where market forces do not apply. From the perspective of these associations, “the only way to achieve the Policy´s stated objectives is to eliminate government interference and subsidies industry, and the basic market forces to dictate industry outcomes”.
Alacero –Latin American Steel Association- is the organization that brings together the Steel Value Chain of Latin America to promote the values of regional integration, technological innovation, corporate responsibility and social and environmental sustainability. Founded in 1959, Alacero is formed by 50 companies of 25 countries, whose production –of about 70 million annual tons- represents 95% of the steel manufactured in Latin America. Alacero is a Special Consulting Organization to the United Nations and is recognized as International Non-Government Organization by the Republic of Chile, host country of Alacero´s headquarters.