Cartel Digest


  Overall Cartel Period 2003-2008
  Participants PRINTEOS, S.A., TOMPLA SOBRE EXPRES, S.L., TOMPLA SCANDINAVIA AB, TOMPLA FRANCE SARL and TOMPLA DRUCKERZEUGNISSE VERTRIEBS GMBH (Tompla) HOLDHAM S.A. (Hamelin) Edlef Bartl Holding GmbH, mayer-network GmbH and Mayer-Kuvert-network GmbH (Mayer-Kuvert) GPV France SAS and Heritage Envelopes Ltd. (GPV) Bong AB, Bong Sverige AB, Bong Belgium S.A., Bong U.K. Ltd. and Bong GmbH (Bong)
  Total Fines (DOJ) No fines imposed
  Total Fines (EC) €19.5 million
In September 2010, the European Commission (“EC”) started an investigation into cartel conduct in the envelope industry. The investigation showed that the overall aim of the cartel was to allocate customers and coordinate prices for the sale of standard/catalogue and special printed envelopes.  These were typically bought by stationary distributors and large companies in Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  The infringement started in October 2003 and lasted until April 2008.  In December 2014, the EC issued a decision and imposed monetary fine against participating companies.
Enforcement Highlights:
  • The EC imposed fines totaling approximately €19.5 million on five companies.  
Company Fine Date
Tompla € 4.7 million 12/11/2014
Hamelin € 5 million 12/11/2014
Mayer-Kuvert € 5 million 12/11/2014
GPV € 1.7 million 12/11/2014
Bong € 3.1 million 12/11/2014