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Office of Fair Trading refers Anglo American and Lafarge to the Competition Commission

UK: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the proposed UK construction materials joint venture between Anglo American plc and Lafarge SA to the Competition Commission for further investigation. The companies had proposed the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture to which each of them would contribute the bulk of their construction materials businesses in the UK.

The OFT concluded that competition concerns arise in a number of markets including: overlaps in the supply of aggregates, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete in a large number of local areas (as well as particular types of aggregates at regional and national level); an overlap in the supply of bulk grey cement at a regional and/or national level, as well as, separately, an increased prospect of coordination in the supply of bulk grey cement; and a concern that the joint venture could foreclose independent ready-mix concrete suppliers by making it substantially more difficult for them to source bulk grey cement at competitive prices.

Ali Nikpay, OFT Senior Director, said - "The proposed joint venture would bring together Tarmac's and Lafarge's construction material assets in the UK. This represents a significant structural change in this sector and raises serious competition issues in several markets which need to be considered in detail by the Competition Commission. Although the parties did offer to divest a variety of assets in order to try to resolve the issues identified, we are not confident that the package proposed would clearly remove our concerns in all areas."

Anglo American and Lafarge provided a significant quantity of information and analysis to the OFT to inform its review. The OFT also received information from around 300 customers and competitors of the two parties as part of its merger investigation. The Competition Commission is expected to report by 16 February 2012. This announcement follows the OFT's decision in August 2011 to refer the UK cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates sectors to the Competition Commission.

Office of Fair Trading refers Anglo American and Lafarge to the Competition Commission

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UK: The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the proposed UK construction materials joint venture between Anglo American plc and Lafarge SA to the Competition Commission for further investigation. The companies had proposed the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture to which each of them would contribute the bulk of their construction materials businesses in the UK.

The OFT concluded that competition concerns arise in a number of markets including: overlaps in the supply of aggregates, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete in a large number of local areas (as well as particular types of aggregates at regional and national level); an overlap in the supply of bulk grey cement at a regional and/or national level, as well as, separately, an increased prospect of coordination in the supply of bulk grey cement; and a concern that the joint venture could foreclose independent ready-mix concrete suppliers by making it substantially more difficult for them to source bulk grey cement at competitive prices.

Ali Nikpay, OFT Senior Director, said - "The proposed joint venture would bring together Tarmac's and Lafarge's construction material assets in the UK. This represents a significant structural change in this sector and raises serious competition issues in several markets which need to be considered in detail by the Competition Commission. Although the parties did offer to divest a variety of assets in order to try to resolve the issues identified, we are not confident that the package proposed would clearly remove our concerns in all areas."

Anglo American and Lafarge provided a significant quantity of information and analysis to the OFT to inform its review. The OFT also received information from around 300 customers and competitors of the two parties as part of its merger investigation. The Competition Commission is expected to report by 16 February 2012. This announcement follows the OFT's decision in August 2011 to refer the UK cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates sectors to the Competition Commission.

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