82 manufacturers of car parts are involved in the probe
The Competition Commission
is investigating “82 manufacturers of automotive components,” reports BDLive
. This follows the commission receiving “information that the manufacturers allegedly colluded by fixing prices”.
The allegation involves 120 components where the manufacturers divided these up “among themselves… tendering collusively,” adds BDLive
Manufacturers under investigation include “Panasonic and Mitsubishi,” says Fin24
. And parts include spark plugs and electric power steering.
Sparking the investigation was one manufacturer which “confessed in an effort to escape prosecution,” notes MoneyWeb
. The Competition Commission suspects it could have been going on since 2000.
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The commissioner of the commission, Tembinkosi Bonakele, says they’re prioritising “the investigation of cases that involve automotive components that are in vehicles assembled and supplied to the South Africa market,” reports the SABC
The manufacturers under investigation “supplied parts to Toyota, Daihatsu, Nissan, Isuzu, Honda, Suzuki, General Motors, Hyundai, Yamaha, Volvo, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Ford,” adds Fin24
. The commissioner says their investigation launches on the back of other similar probes internationally.
This latest investigation comes just as the Competition Commission announced a probe into “the furniture removal market where almost 70 companies were involved in collusive tendering,” says BDLive
Time will tell what the commission’s investigation reveals. And whether collusive practices have been going on in the industry for 14 years.
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