Cleanroom laundry services and products (50283) [Archived]
Cleanroom laundry services and products (50283) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 14 December 2017; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineCMA Chapter I CA98 investigation into an allegedly anti-competitive market-sharing agreement in the UK in relation to cleanroom laundry services and products (Case 50283).

Latest developmentsOn 14 December 2017, the CMA issued its infringement decision, finding that the market-sharing agreement between Microclean and Berendsen Cleanroom breached Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998. Total combined fines of £1.71m were imposed by the CMA, broken down as follows:
• Microclean has been fined £510,118
• Berendsen Cleanroom has been fined £1,197,956, of which Berendsen plc (its parent company for the latter part of the period during which the breach of Chapter I occurred) is jointly and severally liable for £1,028,671.

PartiesMicronclean Limited (Microclean), formerly known prior to 1 July 2016 as Fenland Laundries Limited (Fenland). Microclean is a supplier of cleanroom laundry services and is based in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Berendsen Cleanroom Services Limited (Berendsen Cleanroom), formerly known prior to 15 September 2015 as Micronclean (Newbury) Limited (Berendsen Newbury), and Berend

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