The UK Competition Commission cleared in phase II a merger by accepting divestment undertakings in the market of IRMS instruments (Thermo/GVI)

The operation On 15 December 2006, the Office of Fair Trading referred the completed acquisition of GVI by Thermo to the Commission Commission for investigation and report. By notice of acceptance of final undertakings of 31 July 2007 the Competition Commission clears the acquisition (‘Phase II'). GVI and Thermo are suppliers for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) instruments which are used to determine the composition of a sample. (para. 2,3) The market(s) The CC concluded that the single systems market for three (out of four) main categories of IRMS instruments, namely Gas IRMS, Thermal Ionization MS (TIMS) and Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma MS (MC-ICP-MS). The geographic market was, for the analysis, treated as global. The CC concluded that the acquisition of GVI

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Jonas S. Brueckner, The UK Competition Commission cleared in phase II a merger by accepting divestment undertakings in the market of IRMS instruments (Thermo/GVI), 15 December 2006, e-Competitions December 2006, Art. N° 19721

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