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Germany: Volkswagen suppliers fined for collusion

 |  July 13, 2017

Germany’s antitrust authority has fined three suppliers of Volkswagen AG a total of €9.6 million (US$11 million) for allegedly colluding on how to pass-on increasing raw material prices to the automaker.

The Federal Cartel Office said Thursday it imposed fines on Elring Klinger Abschirmtechnik of Switzerland, Estamp of Spain and German firm, Lydall Gerhardi. A fourth company, Carcoustics International of Germany, wasn’t fined because it helped expose the cartel.

The companies make aluminum heat shields used to insulate other parts of the vehicle against heat generated in the engine and exhaust.

The cartel office has accused them of colluding in 2011, by exchanging sensitive information to strengthen their negotiating position against Volkswagen.

Settlements were reached with all three companies and the fines can be appealed.

Full Content: Seattle Times

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