LONDON ArcelorMittal SA
and Voestalpine AG are among the companies being
investigated by Germanys Federal Cartel Office on
allegations of anti-competitive agreements related to
automotive steels, both companies confirmed to AMM
sister publication Steel First this week.
The two steelmakers followed
Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp AG in confirming that their
offices have been searched by authorities investigating alleged
antitrust violations linked to Germanys domestic
automotive supply chain.
The Munich offices of
Voestalpines German subsidiary, Voestalpine Deutschland
GmbH, were searched at the start of the month, the Linz,
Austria-based parent company said.
did not specify which of its locations have been
"We have no comment at this
point other than that we have a strong compliance policy and we
are cooperating with the relevant authorities," an
ArcelorMittal spokesman said.
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Steel