General Electric Company, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of General Electric Company, a corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

131 0069

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

The FTC charged that GE’s proposed acquisition of Avio would substantially lessen competition in the sale of engines for the A320neo aircraft, which would result in higher prices, reduced quality, and engine delivery delays for A320neo customers. GE -- through CFM International, its joint venture with France’s Snecma S.A. -- and Pratt & Whitney are the only two firms that manufacture engines for Airbus’s A320neo aircraft.  Avio designs a critical component -- the accessory gearbox or AGB -- for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G engine.  Pratt & Whitney has no viable alternatives to Avio for development of the AGB for the PW1100G engine.  According to the FTC, GE's acquisition of Avio would give GE the ability and incentive to disrupt the design and certification of Avio’s AGB for the PW1100G engine used on A320neo aircraft.  The FTC order remedies the acquisition’s likely anticompetitive effects by removing GE’s ability and incentive to disrupt Avio’s AGB work during the design, certification, and initial production ramp-up phase