Cleanroom laundry services and products: suspected anti-competitive arrangement

The CMA is investigating a suspected anti-competitive agreement in the UK with respect to cleanroom laundry services and products which may infringe Chapter I of CA98.

Case reference: 50283

Case timetable

Date Action
March to May 2017 (estimate) Receipt of any written and oral representations on the statement of objections
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.
September 2016 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 Investigation opened

Change log

The following changes have been made to the case timetable since it was first published in March 2016:

Date of change Reason for change Change made to timetable
20 December 2016 CMA conducting further review of information received from, and corresponding further with, the parties Estimated timing of investigation put back by 1 to 2 months

Statement of objections

20 January 2017: The CMA has alleged that two 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.

Notes

  • The investigation is under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98).
  • No conclusion should be drawn that there has been an infringement of competition law at this stage and the recipients of the statement of objections will now have an opportunity to respond to the allegations.
  • The CMA will consider any representations it receives before any decision is taken as to whether competition law has in fact been infringed.
  • Further detail of the CMA’s procedures in Competition Act 1998 cases is available here: CMA’s procedures in Competition Act cases.
  • Changes to the timing of original entries in the case timetable will be made where the estimated timing in the original timetable changes.

Contacts

Assistant project director

Simon Deeble (0203 738 6668, simon.deeble@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Project director

Simon Nichols (0203 738 6368, simon.nichols@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

Senior responsible officer

Ann Pope (0203 738 6786, ann.pope@cma.gsi.gov.uk)

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