Official Journal of the European Union

C 87/10

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4141 — Linde/BOC)

(2006/C 87/05)

(Text with EEA relevance)


On 6 April 2006, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Linde AG (‘Linde’, Germany) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of the undertaking The BOC Group plc (‘BOC’, United Kingdom) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Linde: production and distribution of industrial and specialty gases, including plant construction, as well as manufacture of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment;

for BOC: production and distribution of industrial and specialty gases as well as logistics services.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.4141 — Linde/BOC, to the following address:

European Commission

Competition DG

Merger Registry


B-1049 Brussels

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.