At KCMA, we are committed to bringing you current, relevant news pertaining to the cabinet manufacturing industry. Here’s a look at what’s happening:
Letters from the House and Senate Urge ITC to Address Allegations of Chinese Cabinet Dumping
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have sent letters to the International Trade Commission (ITC) in strong support of the American cabinet manufacturing industry, urging them to carefully consider evidence of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) subsidization and Chinese cabinet companies dumping products below market value into the U.S. These practices have a significant impact on American cabinet manufacturers, cheating them out of their fair share of the U.S. market. These letters come as the ITC continues to investigate this matter. They will make their final decision on March 24th.
US and China Sign Phase I Trade Deal
The United States and China signed the first phase of a trade deal after nearly two years of negotiations. The deal contains up to $50 billion in agricultural purchase targets from the Chinese, a pledge to purchase another $78 billion in US manufactured goods such as cars, aircraft and farm machinery, $53 billion in US oil and gas and $40 billion in financials and other services, along with increased protections for US intellectual property.
President Trump noted that the two countries are still negotiating on tariffs. The tariffs set to begin last month have been removed and Trump has agreed to lower tariffs on $120 billion worth of goods to 7.5%.
CARB enforces Formaldehyde Rule
Since the widely publicized Lumber Liquidators case, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has levied fines against 15 companies, mostly importers, for violations of its formaldehyde regulations. Since the TSCA Title VI Rule went into effect, the EPA and CARB formaldehyde emission limits are the same, but other compliance provisions differ.
Kitchen Renovation Trends in 2020
Million Acres has outlined several kitchen remodeling trends we can expect to see in 2020 including:
- Kitchen adjacent cabinets to increase storage and maximize multi-function in small spaces
- Blue cabinets will be popular, as well as the trend of only painting the kitchen island or base cabinets
- Kitchen remodeling will be a great opportunity to introduce natural and green materials into the home
Manufacturers are willing to pay to close the skills gap
A new report from the Manufacturing Institute shows that almost 80% of manufacturers surveyed are ramping up their workforce training efforts in an attempt to close the industry-wide skills gap. The survey revealed that the sector spent more than $26.2 billion on training programs for new and existing employees in 2019.
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