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CD and DVD supplier cartel suspected by European Commission

Posted at 24 July 2012 14:48 CEST by Liggy

The European Commission has informed thirteen companies supplying optical disk drives in the European Economic Area (EEA) of its preliminary view that they may have infringed EU antitrust rules by participating in a worldwide cartel.

The Commission has concerns that those suppliers may have coordinated their behaviour in bidding events organised by two major original equipment manufacturers for optical disk drives used in personal computers (desktops and notebooks) and in servers. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation.

The original press release does not list the names of the suspects, however not too many companies are still left that manufacture optical drives for PCs (OEMs) and that sell re-badged drives under their own brand.

If eventually European Commission finds that there is sufficient evidence of an infringement, fines can be about 10% of a company’s annual worldwide turnover.

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There are 6 comments

Bakst0ne
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 24 Jul 12 17:35
    So there are thirteen suppliers. Who is still in that industry? PLDS, LG, OptiArc, Asus, Pioneer, Samsung and?
    Liggy
    Senior Administrator
    Posted on: 24 Jul 12 19:59
      The companies I remember still being active manufacturers (OEMs) are
      • LG
      • Optiarc (Sony)
      • PLDS (LiteOn)
      • QSI (Only rebadges)

      As far as I know, rebadges come e.g. from
      • Asus
      • Dell
      • HP
      • Lenovo
      • Pioneer
      • Plextor
      • Teac

      Not sure where Samsung (TSST) stand at the moment. But they could still be OEM.
      Arachne
      Senior Administrator & Reviewer
      Posted on: 24 Jul 12 21:27
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by Liggy
        Not sure where Samsung (TSST) stand at the moment. But they could still be OEM.
        Still OEM, I hope
        Albert
        Senior Moderator
        Posted on: 24 Jul 12 22:22
          Could Matshita be part of this group, too?
          Arachne
          Senior Administrator & Reviewer
          Posted on: 24 Jul 12 23:05
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Albert
            Could Matshita be part of this group, too?
            Wash your mouth out, young man.


            Sorry, I couldn't resist, just kidding of course!
            _chef_
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 01 Aug 12 17:42



              Shit-A-Mat or Matsushita is still Panasonic, they partly do their own collection of assembling drives.

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