Legrand Australia Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of HPM Industries Pty Ltd


  • Legrand Australia Pty Ltd


  • HPM Industries Pty Ltd


Legrand Australia Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of HPM Industries Pty Ltd

Market definition

The Australian markets for the manufacture and supply of emergency lighting products and electrical distribution products and accessories were involved in this proposed acquisition.

Competition analysis

On 13 February 2007 the ACCC formed the view that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to result in a substantial lessening of competition in the relevant markets. Factors informing this conclusion included:
- future alignment between Australian and International Standards would facilitate greater import competition for emergency lighting products;
- the presence of alternative suppliers of emergency lighting such as Thomas & Betts and Clevertronics;
- the constraint that electrical wholesalers, which are an important distribution channel, would provide on the merged firm's pricing of emergency lighting and general electrical products;
- the proposed acquisition would not remove a vigorous and effective competitor in the emergency lighting market;
- electrical contractors and specifiers can readily switch brands and suppliers in response to any attempted price rice; and
- any attempt to offer a bundle of emergency lighting and general electrical products would be in competition to the product range of the market leader in electrical products, Schneider Group.


10/01/2007ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines. Market inquiries commenced
25/01/2007Closing date for submissions from interested parties
13/02/2007ACCC announced its decision not to oppose the proposed acquisition.