Case 221 - Tecumseh, Matsushita, and Refrigeration Compressor Subsidies from Singapore
Ryan, Michael P.
In 1983 the Tecumseh Products Company, a Michigan maker of small, hermetic refrigeration compressors, filed a of countervailing duty petition with the Department of Commerce. Tecumseh charged that the Singapore government had subsidized Matsushita Refrigeration Industries’ production of compressors for export to the United States. This case study examines Tecumseh’s strategic use of CVD policy in its global competition with Matsushita, as well as the Commerce Department investigation process.