Official Journal of the European Union

C 366/36

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.7041 — Clariant/Tasnee/JV)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2013/C 366/10)


On 6 December 2013, 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 Clariant Participations Limited (Switzerland), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clariant AG (‘Clariant’, Switzerland), and Rowad National plastic Co. Ltd (‘Rowad’, Saudi Arabia), a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Industrialisation Company (‘Tasnee’, Saudi Arabia), acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation joint control of the whole of Clariant Masterbatches (Saudi Arabia) Limited (‘CMBSA’, Saudi Arabia) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

Clariant is active globally in the production and distribution of specialty chemicals,

Tasnee builds, manages, operates and owns petrochemical, chemical, plastic, engineering and metal projects and provides industrial services globally,

CMBSA is active in the production and distribution of masterbatches primarily to customers on the Arabian Peninsula.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the EC Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved. Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under the EC Merger Regulation (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out in the Notice.


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 (+32 22964301), by email to COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu or by post, under reference number COMP/M.7041 — Clariant/Tasnee/JV, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘EC Merger Regulation’).

(2)  OJ C 56, 5.3.2005, p. 32 (‘Notice on a simplified procedure’).