Antitrust: Commission fines suppliers of optical disc drives € 116 million for cartel
EU News 290/2015
21 October 2015
The European Commission has fined eight optical disc drive suppliers a total of €116 million for having coordinated their behaviour in relation to procurement tenders organised by two computer manufacturers, in breach of EU antitrust rules.
Optical disc drives ("ODDs") read or record data stored on optical disks, such as CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray.They are used for instance in personal computers, CD and DVD players and video game consoles. The anticompetitive conduct subject to fines in this case concerns agreements to collude in procurement tenders for ODDs for laptops and desktops produced by Dell and Hewlett Packard (HP).
Eight suppliers engaged in the illegal practices covered by this decision, namely Philips, Lite-On, their joint venture Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology, Sony, Sony Optiarc and Quanta Storage.
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File Photo: Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, Date: 24/06/2015 Reference: P-028659/00-02 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont (C)EU, 2015 URL