Alternators and starters (AT.40028) [Archived]
Alternators and starters (AT.40028) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 27 January 2016; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline European Commission Article 101 TFEU investigation into a cartel in relation to alternators and starters for car engines (AT.40028). The cartel involved the coordination of tenders, the allocation of customers and the sharing of commercially sensitive information.

Latest development On 27 January 2016, the Commission announced that, following a settlement, it has issued its enforcement decision against Melco (Mitsubishi Electric), Hitachi and Denso, imposing combined fines totalling €137.789m.

Fines were imposed on each company as follows:
• Denso received full immunity for its involvement in each cartel, thereby avoiding a fine of over €157m
• Hitachi was fined a total of €26.86m, including a 30% reduction for leniency and a further 10% reduction for settling
• Melco was fined a total of €110.929m, includin