Part 2 Consents
Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge S.A. agreed to divest plants, terminals, and a quarry to settle FTC charges that their proposed $25 billion merger creating the world’s largest cement manufacturer would likely harm competition in the United States. According to a complaint filed by the FTC, the merger of Holcim, a Swiss company, and Paris-based Lafarge, would have harmed competition in 12 regional markets for portland cement, an essential ingredient in making concrete, and in two additional regional markets for slag cement, a specialty cement used for making more durable concrete structures. Because cement products are heavy and relatively cheap, transportation costs limit their markets to local or regional areas. The FTC staff cooperated closely with the Canadian Competition Bureau (“CCB”) throughout this investigation.