Tin cans (Metal Box) undertakings review
The CMA reviewed the undertakings given by Metal Box plc on 22 February 1972, and amended on 16 October 1980 and 5 June 1992.
|15 October 2015||Final decision published|
|23 September to 6 October 2015||Consultation on provisional decision|
|23 September 2015||Publish provisional decision|
|August to September 2015||Consideration and analysis of written submissions and other evidence|
|14 August 2015||Closing date for invitation to comment|
- This is published in line with the guidance on the CMA’s approach to the variation and termination of merger monopoly and market undertakings and orders (CMA 11). Any revisions made to the timetable will be published on this website.
15 October 2015: Following consultation, the CMA has decided that Crown UK Packaging plc (the successor to Metal Box plc) should be released from their undertakings.
23 September 2015: The CMA has reached its provisional decision in relation to the undertakings given by Metal Box plc on 22 February 1972, and amended on 16 October 1980 and 5 June 1992.
Our provisional conclusion is that there have been material changes of circumstances relevant to the undertakings due to major developments in the supply of tin cans and metal packaging, and therefore in the conditions of the supply of the products referred to in the undertakings. We have further provisionally concluded that the undertakings are no longer appropriate and, consequently, the CMA’s provisional decision is that Crown UK Packaging plc (the successor to Metal Box plc, and to whom the undertakings are now attached) should be released from these undertakings.
Decision to undertake review
The CMA has decided to conduct a review of whether the undertakings given by Metal Box plc on 22 February 1972, and amended on 16 October 1980 and 5 June 1992, are no longer appropriate due to a material change of circumstances having occurred and need to be varied, superseded or removed.
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Published: 14 July 2015
Updated: 15 October 2015
Opened: 14 July 2015
Closed: 15 October 2015
- Final decision published.
- First published.