The EU Commission imposes fines against manufacturers in the synthetic rubber cartel cases (Bayer / Zeon)

The synthetic rubber cartel cases I. The Nitrile Butadiene Rubber Case On 23 January, the Commission adopted a prohibition decision and imposed fines totalling €34 million on the Bayer and Zeon groups for operating a cartel in the Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (‘NBR’) sector [1]. The addressees of the decision participated in a single and continuous infringement of Article 81 of the EC Treaty from October 2000 to September 2002. A. The product NBR is a type of synthetic rubber and consists of a complex family of unsaturated copolymers of acrylonitrile and butadiene. The term NBR covers a wide variety of compositions depending on acrylonitrile content and polymerisation. Resistance to petroleum fluids, good physical properties and useful temperature range make NBR a widely used rubber. NBR

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  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)

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Bjarke List, Petr Sochman, The EU Commission imposes fines against manufacturers in the synthetic rubber cartel cases (Bayer / Zeon), 23 January 2008, e-Competitions January 2008, Art. N° 35260

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