Competition authority delays decision on Inapa/Papyrus deal in Germany

Photo courtesy of the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt)
19 Mar 2019 − 

Players on the German fine paper market are waiting for the final decision by the country's competition watchdog.

Inapa Group must be patient when it comes to the acquisition of Papyrus Deutschland, the German subsidiary of Swedish paper and packaging wholesaler Opti Group. According to the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), the deadline for the decision was postponed to 3 May 2019 upon mutual agreement with the companies involved.

The takeover of Papyrus Deutschland by Inapa's subsidiary Papier Union is subject to the approval of the German competition authorities. The decision of the Bundeskartellamt had already been awaited for the end of 2018.

Reshuffling among paper distributors is also causing unrest on the fine paper market in Germany, especially in the woodfree uncoated paper segment. For more information on the Inapa/papyrus deal and its impact  consider subscribing to EUWID Pulp and Paper or start a free three-week free trial.

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