Considering written and oral representations on the statement of objections, further evidence gathering and analysis, draft penalty statements issued, considering written and oral representations on the draft penalty statements, letter of facts issued, consideration of representations on letter of facts, decision on case outcome, preparation of infringement decision.
March to May 2017
Receipt of any written and oral representations on the statement of objections
20 January 2017
Statement of objections issued
September 2016 to January 2017
Further investigation, including further information requests; CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to further information requests; state of play meetings/calls with parties under investigation. Decision taken to issue statement of objections.
Decision to proceed with the investigation
March to September 2016
Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal and informal information requests and parties’ responses; CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests; state of play meetings with parties under investigation. Decision taken to proceed with the investigation
30 March 2016
Non-confidential infringement decision
8 February 2018: The CMA has published a non-confidential version of the decision in this case, in which 2 suppliers of ‘cleanroom’ laundry services were fined a total of £1.71 million for breaking competition law.
14 December 2017: The CMA has fined 2 suppliers of ‘cleanroom’ laundry services for breaking competition law by agreeing not to compete for each other’s allocated territories and customers.
It follows enforcement action by the CMA against the companies today known as Micronclean Limited and Berendsen Cleanroom Services Limited. Both businesses had been trading under the ‘Micronclean’ brand since the 1980s in a longstanding joint venture agreement. The case concerned the period between May 2012 (when the companies entered into new, reciprocal trademark licence arrangements) and February 2016 (when the trademark licences were terminated, and the related joint venture was disbanded).
The CMA imposed a financial penalty of £510,118 of Fenland, and of £1,197,956 on Berendsen Newbury. As the parent company of Berendsen Newbury for the latter part of the relevant period, Berendsen plc is jointly and severally liable for £1,028,671 of Berendsen Newbury’s fine.
20 January 2017: The CMA has alleged that 2 suppliers of cleanroom laundry services and products – Micronclean Limited (formerly known as Fenland Laundries Limited) and Berendsen Cleanroom Services Limited (formerly known as Micronclean (Newbury) Limited) – have broken competition law through a market-sharing agreement while each providing services and/or products under the ‘Micronclean’ brand.