European Commission to sunset anti-dumping measures for Chinese sodium gluconate in January, 2022 06-14-2021

On May 6, 2021, the European Commission published an announcement stating that anti-dumping measures for sodium gluconate produced in or imported from China will expire in January, 2022. On August 11, 2009, the European Commission announced in Brussels that the European Union had initiated an anti-dumping investigation on sodium gluconate imported from China. The European Commission stated in its official bulletin that day that the purpose of the investigation was to determine whether Chinese producers were flooding the European market and causing harm to EU producers.

 

Chinese sodium gluconate initially restricted after flooding European market

According to sources familiar with the matter, the European Commission decided to initiate an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese sodium gluconate after receiving a complaint from the European Chemical Industry Council earlier in the year 2009. The European Chemical Industry Council, which represents the interests of European producers, stated that Chinese producers used their products to flood the European market at prices below production costs, causing substantial damage to European producers.

 

According to EU regulations, after beginning an anti-dumping investigation, the European Commission must decide within 9 months whether to impose a temporary anti-dumping duty on the imported products under investigation, and then member nations of the European Union must decide within 15 months whether to impose a long-term anti-dumping restriction of five years on these imported products. However, in 2015, the European Commission began an investigation into the possible lifting of restrictions on Chinese sodium gluconate, and the restrictions will finally be lifted next year.

 

Sodium gluconate widely used in construction, food, and medicine

Sodium gluconate is a deep-processed product of glucose, and it is also a basic raw material for preparing gluconolactone, and gluconate. It is widely used in the food industry as a nutritional supplement, curing agent, and buffer solution. The product has good thermal stability and no absorbant properties. Since sodium gluconate easily bonds with metallic ions, it is widely used in water treatment, electroplating, metal and non-metal surface cleaning and cement production, as well as other industrial sectors.

 

In concrete engineering, sodium gluconate is used as a plasticizer and cement retarder. Its plasticizing and retarding effects are very significant, and it can greatly improve the workability of concrete. As a cement retarder, it can extend the initial setting time of cement from a few hours to a few days without compromising durability. When used in food, sodium gluconate can effectively prevent low sodium syndrome.

 

Furthermore, it has an excellent taste threshold, with no bitterness or astringency. Its salty taste is close to table salt, and its taste threshold is much higher than other organic acid salts. In medicine, sodium gluconate can help to adjust the pH balance in the human body to restore normal function to the nervous system. In addition, sodium gluconate is also used for surface decontamination of steel products, as a special cleaning agent for glass bottles, as a corrosion inhibitor for circulating cooling water, and as a water quality stabilizer.

 

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