The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has announced that Robert DeFrancesco, an attorney with Wiley Rein LLP, will make a special presentation at its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference. The session will be titled “The Rise of State-Owned Entities and Their Effects on Metal Trade: A Case Study, the U.S. Countervailing Duty Case Against Aluminum Extrusions from China,” and will give attendees a look at trade issues confronting the metals industries.

According to the AEC, DeFrancesco will examine how the rise of state-owned enterprises has affected the metals trade and specifically the impact on the aluminum extrusion industry, as well as other primary metal consuming industries.

“The aluminum extrusion case is one of the largest and most complex trade remedies cases to be litigated in recent memory,” he says. “It is an ideal case study to examine the issues that confront the metals industry as it relates to trade relations and non-market and market economies alike.”

“We are excited that Wiley Rein has offered to present their legal insights to our membership attending this year’s spring conference,” adds Rand Baldwin, AEC president. “This case has been one of the most important initiatives in the history of the AEC and has been a key factor in the success of the North American extrusion industry in the past five years.”

The conference will be held March 18-20 and will be co-located with CRU’s Aluminum Trends Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.