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Belgium fines cement producers over delays in use of slag

5 Sep 13 The Belgian Competition Council has imposed fines totalling €14.7m (£12.2m) on a range of cement producers over delays in the adoption of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS).

It has decided that CBR, CCB, Holcim, FEBELCEM and the National Center for Technical & Scientific Research for the Cement Industry (CRIC/OCCN) have infringed competition rules.

According to the Council, they worked in concert between May 2000 and October 2003 with a view to delaying the adoption of a licence and of standards making it possible to use GGBFS as a component of ready-mix concrete.

It found that ORCEM, which is a producer of GGBFS, was delayed by these anticompetitive practices in its import to Belgium of GGBFS as a partial substitute for cement.

The Council has decided that Belgian cement producers CBR, CCB and Holcim and the association FEBELCEM wanted to protect their commercial interests in selling cement as a component of ready-mix concrete. The organisation CRIC/OCCN helped them to that effect, said the Council.

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