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Document C2017/035/06

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.8196 — INEOS/Arkema Assets) (Text with EEA relevance. )

OJ C 35, 3.2.2017, p. 5–5 (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 35/5

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.8196 — INEOS/Arkema Assets)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2017/C 35/06)


On 26 January 2017, the Commission received notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) and following a referral pursuant to Article 4(5) of the Merger Regulation by which INEOS Chemical Holdings Luxembourg SA, controlled by INEOS Group AG (‘INEOS’, Switzerland), acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation sole control of Oxochimie SA and certain other assets, currently owned by Arkema (together referred to as ‘Arkema Assets’, France) by way of purchase of shares and purchase of assets.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   INEOS: manufacturing of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products, including oxo-alcohols (such as Butyraldehydes, Butanol and 2-Ethylhexanol) and their derivative solvents (such as Butyl Acetate and Butyl Glycol Ethers), active globally,

—   Arkema Assets: production and supply of oxo-alcohols in the EEA.


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.


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.8196 — INEOS/Arkema Assets, 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’).