|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.
- 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.
|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|