Cartel Digest

Window Mountings

Window Mountings
  Overall Cartel Period 1997-2007
  Participants AGB; Fuhr; Gretsch- Unitas; Hautau; Maco; Roto; Siegenia; Strenger; Winkhaus
  Total Fines (DOJ) No fines imposed
  Total Fines (EC) €85.8 million

In July 2007, the European Commission (EC) carried out inspections at the premises of several producers of hardware for windows and doors.  Window mountings are mechanical metal parts used to open and close windows and window-doors.  Regulators found that the cartel participants agreed to common price increases between November 1999 and July 2007.  The cartel participants were located in Germany, Austria, and Italy, but the effects of the collusion were felt throughout the European Economic Area. 

 

Enforcement Highlights:

  • The EC imposed fines on nine companies totaling almost €86 million.
  • Roto was given full immunity for alerting the EC to the existence of the cartel and providing valuable information to prove the infringement. 

 

Europe
Company Fine Date
Roto No fines imposed 03/28/2012
Gretsch- Unitas € 20.5 million 03/28/2012
Maco € 18.5 million 03/28/2012
Siegenia € 18.9 million 03/28/2012
Winkhaus € 19.5 million 03/28/2012
Hautau € 3.1 million 03/28/2012
Fuhr € 2.2 million 03/28/2012
Strenger € 104,000 03/28/2012
AGB € 2.7 million 03/28/2012