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Final Ruling on Outboard Motor Dumping Claim by Brunswick ITC Rejects Brunswick's Claim; Finds No Injury against American Industry by Japanese Makers

February. 03 2005

Following a claim filed in January 2004 by Brunswick Corp., an American manufacturer of outboard motors, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) had been conducting an investigation regarding the dumping of imported Japanese outboard motors and power heads (a key component in outboard engines) in the United States. On February 2 (U.S. time), the ITC rejected Brunswick’s claim, announcing its final ruling that there was no injury to American industry by Japanese manufacturers.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Has consistently been in a position that the growth in sales of its outboard motors in the U.S. is not a result of pricing policies, but rather has been achieved because the company responded quickly to new trends in the outboard motor market emphasizing environmental measures (the shift to 4-stroke engines), and because it developed competitive products offering outstanding quality and performance and continued to provide these products to its customers.

During the investigation, Yamaha Motor Co. argued that to begin with, two American outboard motor manufacturers were claiming to have suffered injury despite the fact that these companies were themselves purchasing 4-stroke outboard motors from YMC or other Japanese makers for resale, and that as such the claims of injury were unjustifiable.

We feel that the final ruling is an appropriate one, resulting from the ITC’s recognition that the arguments presented by YMC were valid.

Based on the motto of YMC’s outboard motor business - “Number 1 in Absolute Reliability” - we will continue to offer products and services that satisfy customers throughout the world, and to actively strengthen and develop our business operations.

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