Merger control: Commission approves acquisition of German kitchen manufacturer Alno by Whirlpool

The Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of the German kitchen manufacturer Alno AG by the US household appliances company Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool manufactures and markets, on a global basis, a full line of household appliances and related products, such as laundry appliances, refrigerators, cooking appliances, and dishwashers. Alno manufactures kitchen furniture and markets it with built-in domestic appliances as part of a complete package comprising both kitchen furniture and built-in appliances.

The Commission examined the competitive effects of the proposed acquisition in the markets for the supply of domestic appliances and for the manufacture and marketing of kitchen furniture. The Commission’s investigation showed that there were enough alternative suppliers with significant market shares, both in the supply of domestic appliances and in the manufacture and marketing of kitchen furniture.

Therefore, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part thereof. Source: Commission Press Release 20/11/2012

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