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EU fines eight ODD suppliers for cartel activities

The European Commission has fined eight optical disc drive suppliers a total of EUR 116 million for having coordinated their behaviour in relation to procurements organised by two computer manufacturers.
The fines related to the case concerns agreements to conspire in procurement tenders for ODDs for laptops and desktops produced by Dell and Hewlett Packard.

The companies involved in the case are; Philips, Lite-On, their joint venture Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology, Sony, Sony Optiarc and Quanta Storage, writes the commission in a statement.

Under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice, Philips, Lite-On and their joint venture Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions received full immunity from fines as they were the first to reveal the existence of the cartel.

CompanyFine before adjustment in EURReduction under the Leniency NoticeFine in EUR
Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions22'037'000100%0
Hitachi-LG Data Storage74'243'00050%37'121'000
Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology73'833'00041'304'000
Sony Optiarc10'085'0009'782'000
Quanta Storage7'146'0007'146'000


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