Cartel Digest

Steel Abrasives

Steel Abrasives
  Overall Cartel Period 2003-2010
  Participants Ervin, Winoa, Metalltechnik, Eisenwerk
  Total Fines (DOJ) No fines imposed
  Total Fines (EC) €30.7 million
In June 2010, the European Commission (“EC”) carried out unannounced inspections on steel abrasives industry.  Steel abrasives are loose steel particles used for cleaning or enhancing metal surfaces in the steel, automotive, metallurgy and petrochemical industries.  They are also used for cutting hard stones such as granite and marble.  According to the EC, Ervin, Winoa, Metalltechnik Schmidt and Eisenwerk Würth participated in a cartel to coordinate prices for steel abrasives in Europe for over six years, with varying durations from fall 2003 to June 2010. 
Enforcement Highlights:
  • In April 2014, the EC imposed fines totaling €30.7 million.
Company Conspiracy Period Fine (USD) Plea Date No. of Excluded Individuals Plea Agreement
Ervin 1/03-6/10 No fines imposed  
Winoa 1/03-6/10 $27.6 million  
Metalltechnik 1/03-6/10 $2.1 million  
Eisenwerk 1/03-6/10 $1.1 million