Tronox/Cristal USA, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Tronox Limited, a corporation; National Industrialization Company (TASNEE), a corporation; National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal), a corporation; and Cristal USA Inc., a corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

171 0085

Docket Number:

9377

Case Summary

The FTC issued an administrative complaint (and authorized staff to seek a TRO and PI which have not been filed) challenging the merger of two top suppliers of chloride process titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white pigment used in a wide variety of products including paint, industrial coatings, plastic, and paper. The FTC’s administrative complaint charges that Tronox Limited’s proposed acquisition of competitor Cristal, for $1.67 billion and a 24 percent stake in the combined entity, would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition in the North American market (comprised of the United States and Canada) for chloride process titanium dioxide. The FTC alleges that the acquisition, if consummated, would increase the risk of coordinated action among the remaining competitors, and increase the risk of future anticompetitive output reductions by Tronox.

Case Timeline

May 1, 2018