Clariant / Kilfrost merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the anticipated acquisition by Clariant of the European aircraft de-icing fluid and rail de-icing fluid business of the Kilfrost Group.

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 17.2.16

Full administrative timetable

Contact

clariant.kilfrost@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Merger reference cancelled

13 June 2016: The CMA has cancelled its merger investigation into Clariant’s anticipated acquisition of Kilfrost’s de-/anti-icing fluids business.

Provisional findings

19 May 2016: The CMA has provisionally found that the anticipated acquisition by Clariant of the European aircraft de-icing fluid and rail de-icing fluid business of the Kilfrost Group could lead to a substantial lessening of competition within the market for aircraft de-/anti-icing fluid in the United Kingdom.

Evidence

Hearing summaries

Responses to issues statement

Initial submissions

Undertakings

Issues statement

11 March 2016: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

Inquiry group appointed

24 February 2016: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group.

John Wotton (Chair), Jayne Scott, Michael Hutchings and Tim Tutton.

Terms of reference

17 February 2016: The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Clariant of the European aircraft de-icing fluid and rail de-icing fluid business of the Kilfrost Group.

Phase 1

Phase 1 date Action
11 March 2016 Decision published
9 February 2016 Decision announced
14 December 2015 Launch of merger inquiry
27 November to 18 December 2015 Invitation to comment

Reference decision

Reference unless undertakings accepted

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

14 December 2015: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

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