Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Scott Safety by 3M

 The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Scott Safety by 3M Company, both of the US. Scott Safety manufactures personal protective equipment designed to protect users from injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with radiological, chemical, physical, mechanical, electrical, or other hazards. 3M Company is a diversified technology company active in several business areas, including personal protective equipment. The two companies' activities overlap in the supply of respiratory protection, in particular powered and non-powered reusable respirators, constant flow airline systems, hearing protection and head, eye and face protection. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, in particular because of the companies' moderate combined market positions resulting from the proposed transaction in the European Economic Area, the presence of a number of strong players in all relevant countries and the possibilities of market entry and expansion. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8486.  

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