The Spanish competition authority fines car-wash equipment maker €638,770 for denial of parts and data to independent repairers (Istobal)

The Spanish authority fined car-wash equipment maker Istobal €638,770 (2% of its Spanish revenue) for denial of parts and data to independent repairers. Though providing repair/maintenance services itself and via appointed third party service providers (each allocated to specific territories in Spain), Istobal denied parts and technical information to independent (non-appointed) repairers. The authority alleged this abuse of a dominant position in the provision of parts/data stifled competition. The case takes a particularly hard line on refusal to deal with independent repairers. • There was no suggestion that Istobal was a dominant provider of car-wash equipment. The allegation was that only Istobal parts and technical information could be used to repair its car-wash equipment.

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Alberto Escudero, Edward Batchelor, Luca Montani, The Spanish competition authority fines car-wash equipment maker €638,770 for denial of parts and data to independent repairers (Istobal), 30 June 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2016, Art. N° 84609

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