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EU Approves Arcelik’s Acquisition of Whirlpool’s European Appliances Business

 |  October 25, 2023

The European Union’s antitrust regulators have given their nod to Turkish domestic appliances manufacturer Arcelik’s proposed acquisition of Whirlpool’s European domestic appliances business, according to a European Commission report released on Tuesday, as reported by Azernews.

The European Commission’s thorough review and subsequent approval of the transaction have paved the way for the creation of a new joint entity, formed by integrating Arcelik’s European divisions responsible for producing major and small domestic appliances, as well as consumer electronics, with Whirlpool’s European operations.

The ownership structure of this newly formed entity will see Arcelik holding a majority stake of 75%, with the remaining 25% to be controlled by Whirlpool.

One of the key factors cited in the European Commission’s decision was the absence of competition concerns, primarily due to the existence of alternative suppliers in the European Economic Area countries where both Arcelik and Whirlpool are active. This factor alleviated any potential anti-competitive effects that could have arisen from the merger.

The acquisition, which was initially announced in January, is expected to create a robust and diversified entity with a significant presence in the European domestic appliances market. It represents a strategic move by Arcelik and Whirlpool to pool their resources and expertise in a bid to strengthen their position in the highly competitive European market.

This development is poised to have a notable impact on the European appliances industry and could potentially lead to innovations and synergies that benefit consumers in the region. It also marks another example of the European Union’s vigilant oversight of major corporate transactions to ensure they do not adversely affect fair competition in the region.

Source: Azer News