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Document 52017M8498

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.8498 — Toray/Mitsui/Soda) — Candidate case for simplified procedure (Text with EEA relevance. )

OJ C 218, 7.7.2017, p. 23–23 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 218/23

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.8498 — Toray/Mitsui/Soda)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2017/C 218/13)


On 29 June 2017, the Commission received a notification of a proposed transaction pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which Toray Industries, Inc. (‘Toray’, Japan) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd (‘Mitsui’, Japan) intend to acquire joint control, within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the EUMR, over Soda Aromatic Co., Ltd (‘Soda’, Japan).


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

Toray is a global company headquartered in Japan with activities in more than 20 countries, active in the manufacturing, processing and sale of fibres and textiles, plastics and chemicals, IT-related products and carbon fibre composite materials; provision of environmental, engineering and life sciences services,

Mitsui is a global Japanese group active in the provision of logistics and financing, development of major international infrastructure and other projects in variety of fields: steel, mineral and metal resources; transportation systems; chemicals, energy, food, healthcare, consumer, IT, communication and corporate development, at a worldwide basis,

Soda is a Japanese company active in the manufacture, sale, research and development of fragrance, flavour and aroma chemicals in Asia and Europe.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved. Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under the Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out in this Notice.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (+32 22964301), by email to or by post, under reference M.8498 — Toray/Mitsui/Soda, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).

(2)  OJ C 366, 14.12.2013, p. 5.