Ecolab Inc/The Holchem Group Limited [Archived]
Ecolab Inc/The Holchem Group Limited [Archived]

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Ecolab Inc/The Holchem Group Limited [Archived]
  • Case facts
  • Timeline


NOTE—appeal lodged by Ecolab before the CAT (1334/4/12/19)

See further: timeline.

Case facts

Outline UK merger investigation into the completed acquisition by Ecolab Inc. of The Holchem Group Limited. The transaction involves horizontal overlaps in markets for cleaning chemicals for businesses that manufacture food, drink and dairy products.

Latest developments On 7 October 2019, the CMA issued its final report in its phase 2 investigation, finding that the transaction has resulted, or may be expected to result, in an SLC in the market for cleaning products and services. To remedy the SLC, the CMA decided that the most effective remedy is the complete divestment of The Holchem Group Limited (ie, to unwind the transaction).

Parties Ecolab Inc. (Ecolab), headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a US-based global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets.

The Holchem Group Limited (Holchem) is a UK-based supplier of hygiene and cleaning products and services for the food and beverage, foodservice and hospitality industries. Holchem is based in Bury, Lancashire (UK).