Nidec/Whirlpool (Embraco Business) (M.8947) [Archived]
Nidec/Whirlpool (Embraco Business) (M.8947) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 12 April 2019; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline European Commission merger investigation into the proposed acquisition of Embraco, the compressor business of Whirlpool, by Nidec (Case M.8947). The transaction involves horizontal overlaps in markets for refrigeration compressors.

Latest developments On 12 April 2019, the Commission conditionally approved the transaction, subject to commitments.

In terms of commitments, the Commission accepted a package of remedies from Nidec including:
• divestment of its refrigeration compressor business for both household and light commercial applications, and
• a commitment to provide significant funding to the purchaser of the divestment business for future investments in the facilities.

Parties Nidec Corporation is a Japan-based company that is active in the engineering, manufacture, and distribution of a range of electric motors and motor application products. Nidec acquired Secop GmbH in 2017, and since then has been active in the manufacturing and sale of compressors for use in refrigeration appliances. Nidec manufactures compressors in Austria, Slovakia and China.

Embraco is a Brazil-based company that is active in