EU Approves Lafarge Sale
The European Commission said the parties were not close competitors and the transaction would not significantly alter the market structure. While there was some overlap in the production of fire resistant boards, the commission said this would not have a major impact.
“The boards made and sold by Etex and Lafarge are based on different materials and display different performance levels in terms of fire-resistance time and their combined market share does not give rise to any competition concerns,” the commission said in a statement.
No reports at this time indicate how this will impact Lafarge’s U.S. gypsum and plaster division.