Italy's competition watchdog delays ruling in corrugated sheet and packaging cartel case

AGCM is investigating more than 30 companies for
suspected cartel infringements in the corrugated sector.
22 Feb 2018 − 

Many a player on the corrugated board and packaging market was looking eagerly to the end of May 2018 when AGCM was expected to announce the results of its antitrust probe into the corrugated sector in Italy. Last Monday, however, the competition authority has changed the timeline and postponed its ruling to 31 December 2018, "due to the complexity of the issues under investigation."

The inquiry into an alleged price-fixing and market-sharing cartel in Italy's corrugated sector was launched in March last year. The investigation has been extended at two occasions last year to cover more than 30 international and Italian companies and their subsidiaries, including the top-five suppliers DS Smith, Smurfit Kappa Group, Pro-Gest, La Veggia and International Paper, and Italy's corrugated producers' association GIFCO.

Italy is the second-largest European market for corrugated board and packaging, In 2016, it accounted for a market share of 17% with a production of 6.6 billion m².

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