The Austrian Cartel Court cleared a merger - following initial prohibition - in the market of cellulosic fibres, subject to multiple conditions including undertakings to maintain production and R&D activities in Austria (Lenzing/Tencel)

The operation Lenzing AG produces the cellulosic fibres viscose and lyocell. Tencel only produces lyocell fibres. Lyocell is a chemical fibre extracted from wood. The production process for lyocell is much more environmentally friendly than the production process for viscose. The initial merger transaction of 4 May 2004, was not notified to the BWB - but after referral to the OLG was prohibited in October 2004. The Supreme

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Cora-Marie Pinter, The Austrian Cartel Court cleared a merger - following initial prohibition - in the market of cellulosic fibres, subject to multiple conditions including undertakings to maintain production and R&D activities in Austria (Lenzing/Tencel), 4 March 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2005, Art. N° 22960

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