SolarWorld's Brinser: Unfair competition is 'sacking our economy'
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SolarWorld's Gordon Brinser says unfair competition is "sacking our economy."
Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc. and point man on the solar company's trade complaint against China, says the U.S. needs a new "game plan for the remainder of this century" for dealing with global trade.
In an interview with "Manufacturing & Technology News," Brinser, who heads up SolarWorld's Hillsboro operation, used strong words to describe Chinese trade tactics and what he sees as a weak response from the U.S. government. Unfair competition, Brinser said, is "sacking our economy."
Last month, SolarWorld scored an initial victory in its trade complaint against cheap Chinese imports which the German-owned company says are unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government and are flooding the market with the express purpose of undermining the U.S. solar industry.
But Brinser has been vocal about what he sees as a slow and lacking response to illegal trade claims. In March, he spoke at the National Press Club, calling for a more comprehensive and faster response to complaints.
Brinser talked to "Manufacturing & Technology News" about China's five-year plan, which threatens to undermine industries beyond solar.
"It is one that threatens all of our manufacturers and our economic system itself," Brinser told the publication. "I'm talking about China's state-driven economic model which is designed to gut and own our key industries."
Brinser also mentioned the expense SolarWorld is taking on to file the trade case and wage the public relations battle that ensued.
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