The European Commission adopts cartel decision imposing fines on copper plumbing tube producers (Boliden, Outokumpu, Wieland, Halcor and HME Nederland)

"Commission adopts cartel decision imposing fines on copper plumbing tube producers"* In September 2004, the Commission imposed fines totalling EUR 222.3 million on the major European copper plumbing tube producers for operating a 13-year cartel in the copper plumbing tubes market. These companies include the KME group, the IMI group, the Boliden group, the Outokumpu group, the Wieland group, Halcor and HME Nederland BV. The Commission granted Mueller Industries full immunity under the 1996 Leniency Notice for disclosing the cartel existence first. This is the Commission’s first decision against hard core cartels adopted in 2004. Some of these copper tubes producers were recently fined for being involved in another contemporaneous EEA-wide cartel (in the Commission’s Industrial Tubes

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Harald Mische, The European Commission adopts cartel decision imposing fines on copper plumbing tube producers (Boliden, Outokumpu, Wieland, Halcor and HME Nederland), 3 septembre 2004, e-Competitions September 2004, Art. N° 36863

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