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entirely consistent with similar elimination of less efficient capacity taking place world-wide and in other paper segments (e.g., uncoated free sheet), and are actually a sign of the domestic industry’s improved competitive position.”14

Organizational changes within the industry include Glatfelter’s acquisition of the Chillicothe, OH paper mill from NewPage on April 3, 2006.15 The Chillicothe operation consists of a *** ton-per-year paper making facility in Chillicothe, OH, and ***. International Paper sold its coated and supercalendered papers business to ***, in a transaction that closed on ***. 16 17

U.S. PRODUCERS’ IMPORTS AND PURCHASES

Imports and purchases by producing firms are shown in table III-2.

Table III-2 Coated free sheet paper: U.S. producers’ U.S. production, imports, and purchases, by firm, 2003- 05, January-September 2005, and January-September 2006

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U.S. PRODUCERS’ CAPACITY, PRODUCTION, AND CAPACITY UTILIZATION

CFS paper is produced on mills that are also utilized to produce other paper products that include uncoated free sheet and coated groundwood.18 The following tabulation lists the share (in percent) of each firm's total production in 2005 of products produced on machinery and equipment where there is at least some overlap with CFS paper.

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Another issue encountered in developing capacity estimates is that free sheet paper is coated both on the paper machine line and off-line. *** commented that any measure of capacity is “not as simple” as separately calculating a coating capacity and uncoated capacity figure for firms that maintain separate coating capacity and can coat off-line. In addition to coating off-line, it is possible to move a coating drum to one of the uncoated machines on a temporary basis. 19

Data concerning U.S. producers’ CFS paper capacity, production, and capacity utilization are shown in table III-3. Capacity to produce the subject product in the United States remained relatively stable at 4.7 million to 4.9 million short tons during 2003-05 and is depicted as rising slightly during the January-September 2005 to January-September 2006 interim periods. The increase is due both to a reported capacity increase by *** and to what may be a reporting artifice resulting from the International

13 (...continued) transcript, p. 114 (Dragone)

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Korea respondents’ postconference brief, pp. 2, 15.

15 NewPage did not report producing CFS paper in Chillicothe, OH during the period examined (table III-1). Glatfelter indicated that ***. Staff telephone interview with ***, Glatfelter, November 27, 2006.

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Data for this operation were reported to the Commission by Verso Paper Holdings LLC (or Verso).

17 Both International Paper and Verso are shown in table III-1 as currently manufacturing CFS paper in the Courtland, AL mill. ***. International Paper’s producer questionnaire response and e-mails from ***, International Paper, November 28, 2006 and November 29, 2006.

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Most firms reported that they calculated their subject capacity on the basis of either production or sales. ***. E-mails from ***, ***, November 29, 2006.

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