Ball/Rexam (M.7567) [Archived]
Ball/Rexam (M.7567) [Archived]

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Ball/Rexam (M.7567) [Archived]


ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 15 January 2016; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission merger investigation into the proposed acquisition by Ball of Rexam (case number M.7567). There are horizontal overlaps in the market for the manufacture and supply of beverage cans and aluminium bottles in the EEA.

Latest developmentsThe Commission cleared the transaction subject to commitments on 15 January 2016.

Under the commitments, Ball is to divest ten plants making can bodies and two plants making can ends to a suitable purchaser. The can body plants to be divested are:
• Ball’s plants in the UK (Rugby and Wrexham)
• Ball's plants in Germany (Weissenthurm, Hassloch and Hermsdorf)
• Ball's plant in the Netherlands (Oss)
• Ball's plant in Poland (Radomsko)
• one of Ball’s two plants in France (La Ciotat)
• Rexam’s plant in Austria (Enzesfeld)
• one of Rexam’s two plants in Spain (Valdemarillo).

Ball is also divesting two can end plants, one in Deeside (the UK) and another in Braunschweig (Germany). In addition, Ball’s Business and Technical Centre in Bonn which provides support functions will be divested.

The divested business consists of most of Ball’s Metal Beverage Packaging activities in Europe (the two exceptions which are

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