Owens Corning., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Owens Corning
FTC Matter/File Number:

061 0281

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

The Commission remedied competitive problems raised by Owens Corning’s proposed acquisition of glass fiber reinforcements and composite fabric assets 8 from Compagnie de Saint Gobain. The investigation involved cooperation among staff of the FTC, the European Commission, and Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission. After staff from the competition agencies raised antitrust concerns, the parties modified their agreement to exclude Saint Gobain’s glass fiber reinforcement assets in the U.S. and certain assets in Europe. The Commission’s consent order addressed additional competitive problems in the highly concentrated North American market for continuous filament mat, which is used in the production of non-electrical laminate, marine parts and accessories, and other products. The order requires Owens Corning to divest sufficient U.S. continuous filament mat facilities, assets, and intellectual property to enable the buyer effectively to produce and sell the products in competition with the new Owens Corning/Saint Gobain joint venture.