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Paper Envelopes

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In December 2014, the European Commission (“EC”) fined five European envelopes manufacturers €19.4 million in a settlement following the EC’s investigation into an envelopes cartel which operated from October 2003 to April 2008.

The Cartel

The EC found that Tompla, Hamelin, the Mayer-Kuvert network, GPV (and its subsidiary in the UK, Heritage Envelopes Ltd.) and Bong participated in an anti-competitive agreement in the markets for catalogue and special-printed envelopes. The cartelists artificially inflated the envelopes prices, agreed on sales volumes, allocated customers and coordinated their responses to tenders by major European customers. They mostly supplied to stationary distributors and large companies in Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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