Weldclass

Applicant(s)

  • JWL Marketing Pty Ltd t/a Weldclass Welding Products

Notification number(s)

  • RPN10000454

Summary

On 4 October 2019, Weldclass Welding Products (Weldclass) lodged a resale price maintenance (RPM) notification.

Under the notification, Weldclass proposes to introduce into its distributor agreements a requirement that its distributors not sell its welding and plasma cutting products below minimum prices nominated by Weldclass (the RPM Conduct). The proposed RPM Conduct relates to Weldclass’ current and future welders and plasma cutters models only.

A copy of the notification is available via the link below.

On 28 February 2020, the ACCC released a Draft Notice proposing to revoke the notification.

On 4 March 2020, Weldclass requested a conference with the ACCC. The current travel restrictions due to covid-19 prevent Weldclass and interested parties from attending a conference in person. On 7 April 2020, the ACCC opened and immediately adjourned the conference until a date when Weldclass, interested parties and the ACCC can attend a re-convened conference in-person. The ACCC will advise Weldclass, and interested parties of the day, time and location for the re-convened conference when these details are known.  

Indicative timetable for assessment of the application

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Stage in assessment process

4 October 2019

RPM notification lodged

14 October 2019

Public consultation commenced

28 October 2019

Closing date for submissions on the notification from interested parties

21 November 2019

Weldclass responded to issues raised in interested party submissions

28 February 2020

ACCC released Draft Notice proposing to revoke the notification

30 March 2020

Consultation period on the Draft Notice ended

7 April 2020

ACCC conference opened and adjourned

TBA

Conference re-convened

Late 2020

Expected timing for ACCC decision on the notification

Notifications

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Draft notices

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Consultations

ACCC correspondence

Submissions

Pre-decision conferences

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