Cartel Digest

Car Glass

Car Glass
  Overall Cartel Period 1998-2003
  Participants Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.; La Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA; Pilkington Group Ltd.; Soliver NV
  Total Fines (DOJ) No fines imposed
  Total Fines (EC) €1.3 billion

In 2005, the European Commission (“EC”) commenced surprise investigations into the car glass industry based on a tip-off from an anonymous source.  The four primary targets of the investigation—Asahi, Pilkington, Saint-Gobain and Soliver—controlled approximately 90% of the car glass market in the European Economic Area for glass in new cars and for original branded replacement glass, a market worth about €2 billion in the last full year of the infringement.  The EC found that, between 1998 and 2003, the manufacturers engaged in meetings throughout Europe to fix prices, stabilize market share and allocate customers in the market for windscreens, sidelights, rear windows and sunroofs in new European cars. 

 

Enforcement Highlights:

  • The EC imposed fines totaling €1.4 billion on four companies.
  • As a repeat offender, Saint-Gobain’s fine was increased by 60% – to €896 million.
  • These are some of the highest cartel fines the EC has ever imposed, both for an individual company and for a cartel as a whole. 
Europe
Company Fine Date
Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. € 113.5 million 11/12/2008
Pilkington Group Ltd. € 370 million 11/12/2008
La Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA € 896 million 11/12/2008
Soliver NV € 4.4 million 11/12/2008