German Carmakers Fined for Fixing Steel Prices
Germany’s federal cartel office has fined BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen a combined €100 million ($111 million) for fixing the size of surcharges on certain steel purchases.
The three carmakers met regularly between 2004 and 2013 with steel companies and others in their supply chains to set uniform surcharges on their purchases, Reuters reports. The resulting prices were in effect until at least 2016, according to the cartel office.
The scheme affected only the purchase of rod steel, which is used to make such components as gears and steering rods. Authorities say such items account for less than 1% of a vehicle’s value.
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