LONDON Rio Tinto Alcan
has been ordered to stop insisting that companies licensing its
Aluminium Pechiney smelting technology must also buy
pot-tending assembly handling equipment from subsidiary
Electrification Charpente Levage, headquartered in northern
The European Commission has
accepted and made legally binding Rio Tinto Alcans
promise to end the practice as a condition of lifting a threat
of antitrust fines in the European Union.
If the company breaches the
condition, the commission could impose a fine of up to 10
percent of Rio Tinto Alcans total turnover.
The European Union feared that Montreal-based Rio Tinto
Alcan was potentially dominating the aluminum smelter equipment
market through its licensing system, damaging competition
within the region.
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