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Goss Gets Good News

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Goss Gets Good News

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Just as it seeks to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, recently restructured Goss Graphic Systems has won a preliminary determination from the government, revisions to a contract for a major metro's new presses, and its biggest single-wide order ever.

"The people at Goss seem to be very positive," remarked one executive, whose newspaper's unsettled recent relationship with the beleaguered press maker has spanned Goss' changes in top management and dip into bankruptcy.

The U.S. Commerce Department has said it will partly revoke its order to collect anti-dumping duties from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Having agreed to Westmont, Ill.-based Goss' request for a "changed circumstances review," the department issued a preliminary determination to exempt only those imports meeting specifications that correspond to equipment Mitsubishi sold to The Washington Post (E(and)P, Oct. 16, p. 4).

That press sale - which precipitated the 1996 Rockwell-Goss complaint that led to imposition of anti-dumping duties on double-wide newspaper presses from Germany and Japan - was made before the time period reviewed in the original investigation, although the equipment was imported during that period.

The changed circumstances, according to Goss, are that there is no longer any interest on the part of "substantially all" domestic manufacturers, as anti-dumping law requires, in seeing the duty imposed in this one instance. Goss will not say why it lost interest in The Washington Post sale.

KBA North America, a division of Germany's Koenig and Bauer Group, argued that it, too, is a U.S. manufacturer, as confirmed in the original investigation. But the Commerce Department said information supplied by Goss and KBA shows Goss accounting for "at least" the 85 percent of domestic production that the department regards as "substantially all" such production.

"Thus, lack of interest by the domestic industry," the determination states, "constitutes sufficient changed circumstances to warrant partial revocation of the order."

Objections raised by Japan's Tokyo Kikai Seishakusho and the U. …

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