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Cambria & Cosentino Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Posted on 01 October 2021 by cradmin

Cambria Company LLC and Cosentino Group, both leading producers of quartz surfaces, announced that they settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Cambria.

In September 2020, Cambria filed a patent infringement lawsuit seeking damages and an injunction to stop the sale of products infringing Cambria´s patented technology with regard to quartz surfacing products with veins. Through litigation, Cambria has determined that Cosentino’s infringement of its patents, if any, was unintentional.

Although no specific terms were available on the settlement, a news release by Cambria noted that it had been “fully compensated by Cosentino.” As part of the confidential settlement, both parties agree that they will maintain and respect their respective intellectual property rights.

Both industry leaders reinforced their commitment to continue to defend their technology and highlight the importance of fighting against unfair practices in the market.

Cambria CEO and President Marty Davis explained, “We have always had high regard for and good relations with the Cosentino company and the Cosentino family; we are most pleased to reach this settlement agreement.”

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Cambria Adds New Designs, New Finish

Posted on 07 June 2021 by cradmin

Cambria, a manufacturer of American-made quartz surfaces, has introduced four new designs and one finish. According to the company the new additions were designed to evoke journeys made, moments lived and memories created.

These new designs incorporate Cambria’s characteristic details: cool whites warmed by honey or complemented by gray, textured ridges, flecks of silver, cascading black veining, abundant swirls and charcoal gray veins. The new Cambria Satin Ridge™ finish celebrates the uniquely tactile nature of summer travels.

The new releases include:

  • Sandgate – cool whites and grays reminiscent of a favorite childhood beach, with silver flecks that add depth and dimension.
  • Hemsworth – high-contrast, deeply saturated black veining cascades across a cool white background, intersecting with softer veins.
  • Halewood – abundant swirls and charcoal gray veins animate this wheat-toned design. Beige and white accents provide a subtle softness.
  • Leabridge -features gradations of cool white and warm honey, with borders of textured ridges creating an overall look reminiscent of salt flats. Leabridge is available exclusively in Cambria’s new Satin Ridge finish (pictured), a distinctive new rich finish with a sensual texture that adds a powerful tactile dimension to the visual sophistication of the design.

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Cambria Announces Investigation of Antidumping/Countervailing Duties Evasion

Posted on 01 April 2021 by cradmin

Cambria announced in a press release that the and Border Protection agency (Customs) has preliminarily determined that fifteen U.S. importers have evaded the antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) on quartz surface products from China.

As part of its recent determination regarding evasion, Customs found that fifteen importers evaded the AD/CVD duties on Chinese imports by importing quartz surface products that were made in China and then transshipped through Malaysia before entering the United States without payment of the duties.

Customs is conducting its investigation pursuant to the Enforce and Protect Act (“EAPA”). Many U.S. importers know when they are purchasing transshipped Chinese merchandise and, as a result, that they are engaging in illegal evasion. However, EAPA does not have a knowledge requirement for Customs to find that evasion is taking place. In fact, one of the importers identified as participating in the evasion scheme has claimed to Customs that it never had any contact with the Malaysian transshipment company and purchased the quartz surface products through a U.S. company that claimed to be a partner in the Malaysian company. To avoid getting caught up in evasion schemes, U.S. companies need to be aware that any low-priced quartz surface products imported from Malaysia or other third countries may be Chinese merchandise. The purchase of this low-priced merchandise may ultimately subject U.S. companies to liability for payment of the AD/CVD duties.

Customs will issue a more detailed memorandum explaining its initial determination of evasion. Following this initial determination, Customs has seven months to continue its investigation and determine appropriate penalties.

Read the full press release here.

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Cambria Collaborates With Gensler to Launch Coordinates Collection

Posted on 25 August 2020 by cradmin3

Cambria, an American-made, family-owned producer of natural quartz surfaces, along with integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm Gensler launched The Coordinates Collection by Cambria this summer.

The collection consists of 14 high-performing quartz designs suitable for both commercial and residential applications. The new colors were designed to coordinate effortlessly together and were created around the Natural Color System (NCS), a scientifically based color system that allows for accurate cross-industrial color communication for designers, manufacturers, retailers and customers. This color system is a global standard for definition, quality assurance and communication of color.

The result of a two-year design, research and development process, the designs were created to work together or on their own, and coordinate in many different ways including tone and texture. The tones match and coordinate, since they are all rooted in the NCS.

The collection draws from six different NCS colors which represent two shades of white; three shades of light, medium, and dark charcoal gray; and one shade of black. The NCS is used widely by specifiers and the A&D community, enabling the colors to coordinate with other specified building materials. This makes it easy to work The Coordinates Collection into design projects. The collection textures range from smooth and rugged concrete looks, to terrazzo-inspired designs, to designs with organic veining.

All designs will be available in Cambria’s Matte finish, which features a smooth, silky touch and no reflectivity, as well as in Cambria’s high-gloss finish. Cambria Matte offers an alternative finish style. The Coordinates Collection will be available in a variety of edge profiles in 1 cm., 2 cm., and 3 cm. thicknesses and jumbo slabs (132-in. x 65.5-in.). All designs will also be available as wall and floor tiles.

Cambria worked hand in hand with the Gensler team to create a collection just as beautiful as it is functional with designs that fit seamlessly into heavily trafficked environments. The products are 100 percent nonabsorbent to prohibit liquid and bacteria from penetrating the surface. The material is scratch- and stain-resistant, maintenance free from sealing or reconditioning, and backed by a transferable Full Lifetime Warranty.

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Cambria Files to Include Crushed Glass in Chinese Quartz Import Duties

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Cambria Files to Include Crushed Glass in Chinese Quartz Import Duties

Posted on 06 March 2019 by CRadmin2

Last month, we reported in our blog about how Chinese quartz manufacturers are abandoning traditional production and instead are manufacturing new slabs made of crushed glass to skirt the countervailing and antidumping duties on quartz. Crushed glass countertops are distinctly excluded from these duties of up to 300 percent, but now Cambria, which filed the original countervailing and antidumping petition, says this new situation is not what they had intended.

In a new petition, filed February 14, Cambria requested that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) extend the deadline for submitting “factual information regarding the need to clarify the scope” of the countervailing and antidumping investigation. Cambria is asking the DOC to include new “factual information… regarding quartz glass.”

The petition seeks to differentiate between crushed glass and the aforementioned term (quartz glass), which Cambria seems to have fabricated out of thin air. According to the February 14 petition, Cambria sought to exclude surfaces that are “made predominately of crushed glass and pieces of crushed glass [that are] visible on their surfaces.”

“Chinese producers have created a new ‘quartz glass’ product that appears indistinguishable from other quartz surface products,” and Cambria did not intend that such products be excluded from the scope of the DOC investigation.

American Quartz Worker Coalition Responds

Five days after Cambria’s new petition was filed, the American Quartz Worker Coalition responded with its own petition, calling for the DOC to reject the request to re-open the factual record in the case. According to this response, filed by representatives of Arizona Tile, Bedrosians Tile & Stone, MS International, Inc. and Piedrafina Marble, Inc., should be rejected for the following reasons:

  • Petitioner’s request for an amendment to the scope is untimely and should be rejected.
  • The record and the law do not support petitioner’s request for a scope amendment.
  • Permitting petitioner to amend the scope at this very late stage would negatively impact the department’s AD/CVD investigations.

ITC Approves Cambria Petition

Despite the efforts of the American Quartz Worker Coalition, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) approved Cambria’s request to allow for new information to be admitted to the record on February 26.

According to the ITC, “if a party subsequently finds that additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the investigation may be relevant, the party may contact Commerce and request permission to submit the additional information.”

“After Consideration, for the reasons stated in the petitioner’s submission and in accordance with the Initiation Notices, Commerce is accepting the petitioner’s February 14 submission.”

Parties and stakeholders are now allowed to “submit information to rebut, clarify or correct the new factual information contained in the petitioner’s February 14 submission.”

The deadline to submit comments relevant to this “new, factual information” is 5:00 p.m. EST on March 6, 2019.

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USDOC Responds Affirmatively in Quartz Countervailing Investigation

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USDOC Responds Affirmatively in Quartz Countervailing Investigation

Posted on 18 September 2018 by cradmin

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that Chinese quartz surfaces should be subject to countervailing duties (CVD), and those duties range from 34.38 percent to 178.45 percent.

Last April, Cambria filed an initial petition for countervailing and antidumping duties on quartz surfaces, finished and unfinished, imported from China. The laws concerning CVD are transparent, semi-judicial and internationally recognized, and they help U.S. businesses to seek relief from the effects of unfairly subsidized imports. This provides a level playing field on which businesses can fairly compete in the marketplace.

The preliminary CVD rate is set at 34.38 percent for most importers, including Foshan Yixin Stone Co. Ltd., but run as high as 178.45 percent for importers such as Foshan Hero Stone Co. Ltd. U.S. customs officials have been instructed to collect cash deposits from quartz exporters in China based on these rates.

The quartz surfaces the CVD covers include slabs that are primarily made of silica in a resin binder with other admixtures, such as pigment and cement. However, the silica content must be greater than any other single material by weight with no regard as to the size and dimensions of the slab. In other words, duties will be levied on all quartz products, even if they do not fit the specifications of standard slabs.

The CVD does not only cover unfinished slabs but also finished, packaged or pre-fabricated slabs that have been cut, polished, cured, edged, thermoformed or attached to another product. Quarried stone and crushed-glass surfaces where glass is the primary material are not affected by the CVD.

The next step in this process is for the DOC to make a final determination, which is scheduled for January 28, 2019. If this decision is also affirmative, it moves to the hands of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for a final injury determination. If the final decision by the DOC is negative or the injury determination by the ITC is negative, the investigation will immediately end with no CVD order being issued.

At this moment, it appears that imported quartz slabs will face duties, which will raise the wholesale and retail prices. For more information, visit the DOC website or download the DOC Fact Sheet.

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USITC Continues Investigating Quartz Antidumping Claim

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USITC Continues Investigating Quartz Antidumping Claim

Posted on 15 June 2018 by CRadmin2

In April, Cambria, the largest U.S. Manufacturer of quartz surfaces, filed a claim that China had violated antidumping laws, suggesting that strict duties be imposed on imported quartz slabs and fabricated countertops. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) was compelled by law to consider whether this claim had merit by the end of the month.

On May 31, the USITC took a vote and “determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of quartz surface products from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”

This means that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will continue to investigate Cambria’s claim and will make a preliminary countervailing determination on or around July 11, 2018. Pending this proceeding, an antidumping determination is scheduled to be made around September 24, 2018.

“Dumped and subsidized Chinese imports are harming American workers, American businesses and American manufacturing,” stated Marty Davis, President and CEO of Cambria.  “We are encouraged by the actions taken thus far by both the Department of Commerce and the ITC to stop this unfair trading and restore a level playing field where we can compete fairly in a free-market economy.  The unfairly traded Chinese imports have disrupted healthy competition and threaten to gravely injure the quartz surfaces product industry at all levels of trade in the U.S.”

The Freedonia Group, a prominent industrial research company that publishes a comprehensive countertop industry outlook, also weighed in on the matter. According to the firm, China accounts for nearly half of the total quartz used in the U.S., and since 2012, imports have surged in response to growth in the engineered stone market. This has caused a slide in the market share from the leading producers, such as Cambria, Cosentino and Caesarstone.

“If antidumping and countervailing duties are imposed as expected, this will have an immediate impact on average slab prices, said Michael Hurley, an analyst for the Freedonia Group.” Hurley went on to explain that imports from China will rise in price, and the demand will increase for quartz slabs produced at with raw materials that are more expensive, which will raise average price levels.

In addition, higher material costs will make countertops made from competitive materials more attractive.

“This will slow engineered stone countertop market growth in area terms to some degree,” predicted Hurley. However, he quickly added that engineered stone will remain the fastest-growing countertop material through at least 2022.

Others believe that the Chinese will find loopholes should duties be imposed, and inexpensive quartz will continue to be available with little, if any, disruption. The jury is still out on what will actually happen should duties be imposed on Chinese quartz, but we here at CountertopResource.com will be watching this story closely and keeping you updated every step of the way.

The full report of the initial USITC investigation will be available to the public as soon as June 29 on the USITC website.

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MSI Challenges Cambria Antidumping Petition

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MSI Challenges Cambria Antidumping Petition

Posted on 04 May 2018 by CRadmin2

On May 1, MS International (MSI), well-known as one of the largest importers of quartz surfacing, filed a challenge to Cambria’s petition for antidumping duties on imported Chinese quartz. According to the MSI’s submission, filed by the Hogan Lovells international law firm, Cambria does not have the proper standing to file an antidumping petition.

In April, Cambria filed a Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties, claiming that China was dumping quartz surfaces into the U.S. market at prices up to 455.65 percent lower than its actual value. If the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission find this to be true, strict tariffs could be imposed on Chinese quartz imported into the U.S.

MSI has objected to Cambria’s petition on two grounds. By law, such petitions may only be filed by one or more businesses that make up more than 50 percent of the market. Cambria claims that it alone meets this criteria. However, MSI believes this is not the case, especially because Cambria has included prefabricated quartz surfaces in the antidumping charges but did not include U.S. fabricators in its assessment of market share.

According to the MSI Cambria’s initial petition was based merely on the proposed, fact that the company owns “five of the nine production lines for non-fabricated quartz surfaces in the U.S.” MSI believes this, in and of itself, is insufficient to prove a 50 percent market share, thus invalidating Cambria’s petition.

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Cambria Files Petition Against Chinese Quartz Imports

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Cambria Files Petition Against Chinese Quartz Imports

Posted on 24 April 2018 by cradmin

Cambria has announced that the company has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) claiming imported quartz from China violates antidumping laws. The full petition and supporting documentation are 3,526 pages in length and state that “certain quartz surface products imported from China are being or likely to be sold at less than normal value.”

The most notable allegations in Cambria’s Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties are as follows:

  • Quartz surfaces imported from China are likely to be sold at less than normal value in violation of U.S. law. The margin between value and export price is listed at 455.65 percent.
  • Chinese quartz imports have negatively impacted domestic quartz manufacturers for several years.
  • The material harm caused to U.S. quartz manufacturers is likely to continue if there is no remedial action.
  • Chinese quartz producers have at least 20 government subsidy programs available to them, including land provisions, electricity, raw materials, tax breaks, grants and loans.

Marty Davis, president and CEO of Cambria released the following statement to the press:

“Cambria is taking this action to ensure the long-term best interests of our industry, American manufacturing, American workers and American business. Unfair trade practices have gone on for far too long. Fair trade and free trade are inseparable paradigms; you simply cannot have one without the other. We believe strongly in free trade – to protect it, we must demand fair trade.

“Cambria is pursuing existing trade laws to stop the unfair trading from China that is damaging our industry and to restore a level playing field. These fundamental virtues of fair trade and free trade are critical to the success of American capitalism, to our industry, its workers and to the communities and the customers we serve.

“We encourage other American companies to support fair trade, if only to protect the virtues of free trade, and in doing so, our country’s best interests. This is not an effort in protectionism, quite the opposite. Our efforts are to allow for open markets with free and open trade, based squarely on a market economy.”

The petition and its supporting documentation go on to list more than 300 Chinese exporters of quartz surfacing and more than 500 U.S. importers, all of which could be affected should the petition be approved. However, a great number of details have been redacted from the public version because the law allows petitioners the right to leave proprietary information unpublished.

According to the USITC, a preliminary conference will be held on the matter May 8, and action could be taken by September.

What This Means for the Industry

If both the USITC and Department of Commerce approve the petition, “preliminary relief from Chinese imports could be imposed in September 2018 with final duties imposed in June 2019.” Currently, quartz can be imported from non-embargoed countries duty free.

The imports from China alone have gone from only $6 million per year in 2010 to $460 million per year in 2017. If high tariffs are imposed on Chinese quartz, imports could drastically decline because of a slimmer profit margin, which would be on par with that of U.S. quartz producers. But this could also dramatically affect U.S. businesses that rely on Chinese quartz slabs, which includes both suppliers and fabricators.

Possible Quartz-Gate?

At the same time, history has shown us that Chinese exporters and some U.S. importers cannot be counted on to simply pay their duties and carry on business as usual. We could be headed directly from “Honey-Gate” to a new “Quartz-Gate” scandal.

In 2001, U.S. honey manufacturers introduced a very similar Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties against Chinese honey exporters after it was found that they were dumping honey into the U.S. market at up 221 percent less than its value.

After duties were imposed on Chinese honey, exporters began falsifying records and pre-shipping honey to surrounding countries before re-shipping them to the U.S. Honey imports from these surrounding countries soared, and cheap, black-market honey containing fillers and banned antibiotics flourished.

Even though Congress tried to prevent this circumnavigation of import duties with the passing of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, scandals continued to rock the industry, which was saved by enlightening the public on cheap honey and advertising the virtues of small-batch, family-farm products.

What Are Your Thoughts?

We always have an ear open for your thoughts on all matters concerning countertops, but this situation could impact the market than any other single event this decade. Is Cambria, with more than 50 percent of the U.S. market in its pocket, the only clear winner here, or will U.S. importers, fabricators and end users also benefit?

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Cambria Introduces New Augmented Reality App

Posted on 27 December 2017 by cradmin

Cambria’s Augmented Reality (AR) app  now allows customers to see how Cambria designs will look on their own countertops, islands, and more. The downloadable app was designed to help customers envision possibilities for their homes. The app works by first scanning the chosen surface, setting surface outlines and then selecting the Cambria design that a customer wishes to see represented. Currently, Cambria AR can only operate for one surface at a time, so projects must be visualized separately.

To operate the app, first open Cambria AR and move device around the designed space to scan. Gold dots and grid lines will appear, which allows Cambria AR to map the surface. The app will then prompt step two, outlining your surface. Next pinpoints are used to mark the edges of the surface. When the border is set, it’s time to choose the desired Cambria Design. Finally, photos can be saved for later use. Screenshots can also be shared to social media.

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