The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger between companies both active in industrial and specialty gases including helium (Linde / BOC)

"Linde/BOC: Concentration in the industries of industrial gases, specialty gases and helium"* On 6 June 2006, the European Commission approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition by Linde AG (“Linde”) of The BOC group (“BOC”). Both companies are active in industrial and specialty gases including helium. The initial market investigation found that the proposed acquisition could have created significant competition problems by removing an important competitor of Linde on a number of gas markets. These competition concerns were removed by the remedy package offered by the parties which includes the divestiture of Linde’s industrial gases business in the UK including some customer contracts for specialty gases and BOC’s industrial and specialty gases business in Poland. The approval is

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Sandra Kijewski, Kamila Kloc-Evison, Enrique Sepulveda-Garcia, Uli Wienrich, The EU Commission conditionally clears a merger between companies both active in industrial and specialty gases including helium (Linde / BOC), 6 June 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2006, Art. N° 36746

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