Car lighting system cartel producers fined €27 million by the EU anti-trust watchdog

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference in Brussels, Belgium on May 17, 2017

Car lighting system cartel producers fined €27 million by the EU anti-trust watchdog


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The European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of €26 744 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules and participating in an automotive lighting cartel.

Wwhile a total of four companies were confirmed parts of the cartel to the European Commission. All three companies agreed to settle,  admitting their involvement in the cartel.

“The Commission has sanctioned another cartel in the automotive sector. Three lighting producers harmed car and commercial vehicle manufacturers by colluding instead of competing against each other,” Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday.

The three headlamps or daytime running lights manufacturers breached EU law by discussing quotes for tenders and negotiation strategies and exchanging information on the status of negotiations with customers regarding price increases.

Moreover, the companies agreed to proceed to a price increase on spare parts after the end of mass production of specific car models, agreeing to end contractual availability of the spare parts in question simultaneously.

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