The EU Commission clears acquisition between two automotive component manufacturers in the markets for plastic front bumpers, rear bumpers, and front end modules, subject to conditions (Plastic Omnium / Faurecia)

Plastic Omnium/Faurecia Exterior Business: The use of delivery distances in defining the geographic market and how supplyside concentration cancels out buyer power* In a nutshell: An in-depth assessment of the customers' sourcing behaviour and of the Parties delivery distance allowed the Commission to understand that competition takes place within a certain distance from the customers' plants rather than EEA-wide. Also, the specificities of the affected markets, the competitive landscape, and the specificities of the products and production processes allowed the Commission to understand that customers – although concentrated and sophisticated – will not have sufficient countervailing buyer power in this case. 1. Introduction In July 2016, the Commission cleared in first phase the

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Daniel Coublucq, Pablo Serrano, Alexandra Szekely, The EU Commission clears acquisition between two automotive component manufacturers in the markets for plastic front bumpers, rear bumpers, and front end modules, subject to conditions (Plastic Omnium / Faurecia), 11 July 2016, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 86469

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