SI Group, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of chemical intermediates,
announced today that on May 21, 2012 the company filed a complaint with the
International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an investigation of Sino Legend
(Zhangjiagang) Chemical Co., Ltd., Red Avenue Chemical Co. Ltd., and certain
affiliates and representatives of those companies. SI Group is asking the ITC
to grant, among other things, an order excluding from entry into the United
States all rubber resins, including tackifiers, manufactured using SI Group
trade secrets. This action was prompted in part by Sino Legend's recent
importation of tackifier resins into the United States, and by recent
statements in the media from both Sino Legend and Red Avenue confirming their
intention to ramp up U.S. tackifier imports in 2012.
The ITC complaint is SI Group's latest step in an ongoing effort to halt
the alleged misappropriation of SI Group manufacturing trade secrets. Sino
Legend (Zhangjiagang) Chemical Co., Ltd., a Chinese company that was newly
established in 2006, hired away the plant manager of SI Group's Shanghai
manufacturing plant in 2007. In February 2010, SI Group China filed a lawsuit
in Shanghai, which is continuing at this time, alleging that Sino Legend has
illegally taken SI Group trade secrets, and is using them to manufacture and
sell rubber resins in competition with SI Group's proprietary resin products. A
judicially authorized technology verification center, which is recognized by
the administrative authority of justice of the People's Republic of China and
hired directly by the Shanghai Public Security Bureau Economic Criminal
Investigation General Unit, has confirmed the confidential nature of SI Group's
technology and the similarities between SI Group and Sino Legend product
offerings, as well as the similarities in the manufacturing processes and
equipment utilized by both companies.
SI Group will continue to pursue all available options for protecting our
intellectual property in China, the United States, and in other countries in
which we operate.
About SI Group
SI Group is a family-owned company founded in 1906 and headquartered in
Schenectady, New York. A leading global developer and manufacturer of phenolic
resins, alkylphenolic resins, alkylated phenols and other chemical
intermediates, SI Group operates approximately 20 facilities in 10 countries
around the world. For more information about SI Group, visit
William A. Scheffer
Vice President, North America
SI Group, Inc.
SOURCE: SI Group, Inc.