CNC investigates alleged cartel in corrugated sector
The Spanish competition authority Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (CNC) reports that suspected anticompetitive practices are currently being investigated on the corrugated board market in Spain.
The CNC carried out searches at a variety of companies and at the headquarters of industry association Asociación de Fabricantes de Cartón Ondulado (AFCO) on 10 and 11 April.
According to the competition authority, pulp and paper manufacturers as well as producers of corrugated board and boxes are under suspicion of fixing prices and dividing the market amongst themselves. The CNC says the searches are the first stage of antitrust investigations and do not have an influence on their outcome. Formal procedures will be initiated if the searches should reveal any evidence of anticompetitive practices.
AFCO confirmed in a statement to EUWID that CNC conducted searches at its headquarters. Furthermore the association said it had cooperated with the competition authority and planned to do so in the future. AFCO said it was convinced to have operated lawfully at any time.
The Spanish association of pulp and manufacturers Aspapel told EUWID that it is not involved in the investigations and that its premises have not been searched.
Find this article and any associated background information in EUWID Pulp and Paper no. 16.
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