- CSBP Limited
SummaryOrica Australia Pty Ltd proposes to acquire CSBP Limited's Western Australian chloralkali business.
Market definitionFor the purpose of this assessment, the relevant markets were considered to be:
- the supply of bottled liquid chlorine in Western Australia;
- the supply of sodium hypochlorite in Western Australia;
- the supply of caustic soda in Western Australia; and
- the supply of hydrochloric acid in Western Australia.
Competition analysisThe ACCC considered that a substantial lessening of competition was unlikley to arise in the relevant markets.
On the basis of market enquiries, the ACCC found that there was not a significant degree of overlap between CSBP and Orica's operations in relation to sodium hypochlorite and hydrochloric acid in the relevant markets identified, and other competitors would remain in the market.
For the supply of caustic soda in Western Australia, the ACCC noted that there were significant import volumes into Western Australia.
For the supply of bottled liquid chlorine in Western Australia, the ACCC noted some concerns that if Orica were to acquire CSBP, this would result in the removal of the only competitor for liquid chlorine in Australia. However, market enquiries indicated that Orica was not a significant competitor in the Western Australian market, and that there was some potential for new entry from third parties.
|27/09/2006||ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines. Market inquiries commenced.|
|11/10/2006||Closing date for submissions from interested parties.|
|23/10/2006||Having regard to submissions received, the proposed date for announcement of ACCC's findings was revised.|
|15/11/2006||ACCC requested further information from Orica. Proposed date for announcement of ACCC's findings was delayed to provide time for Orica's response.|
|21/11/2006||ACCC decided not to oppose the proposed acquisition.|