Spicers Limited - Direct Paper


  • Spicers Limited


  • Direct Paper


Spicers Limited proposes to acquire the assets comprising the business trading as Direct Paper from Wilmaridge Pty Ltd as trustee for the O’Neill Family Trust. 

Market definition

The ACCC considered the effects of the proposed acquisition on the markets for the wholesale supply of commercial printing paper in each of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Competition analysis

The ACCC concluded that Spicers’ proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any relevant market.

The proposed acquisition would combine the second and third largest commercial printing paper suppliers (or paper merchants). Other competitors in the various markets include Ball & Doggett, Vital, Domain and Special Equipment.

In Sydney and Melbourne, the ACCC found that the parties would continue to face competition from a number of paper merchants with supply warehouses in those cities including Ball & Doggett, Vital and Domain.

In Brisbane where there are less options, the ACCC found that:

· barriers to expansion were low and printers were willing to support alternative suppliers, providing the opportunity for smaller paper merchants to enter or expand, and;

· existing paper merchants were likely to be constrained by the growing prospect of printers switching to direct supply from overseas mills as an alternative source for at least some of their supply.

Taking into account the collective impact of these factors, the ACCC decided not to oppose the proposed acquisition of Direct Paper by Spicers.

Market inquiries


27/11/2019ACCC commenced informal review under the Informal Merger Review Process Guidelines.
13/12/2019Closing date for submissions.
20/02/2020ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.