Official Journal of the European Union

C 233/2

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4242 — Thermo Electron Corporation/Fisher Scientific International)

(2006/C 233/02)

(Text with EEA relevance)


On 19 September 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 Thermo Electron Corporation (‘Thermo’, USA) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of the undertaking Fisher Scientific International (‘Fisher’, USA) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Thermo: manufacture and supply of instruments, equipment and related software and services for life science, drug discovery, clinical, environmental and industrial laboratories;

for Fisher: manufacturer, supplier and distributor of product and services for life science, medical research, university and hospital laboratories.


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 ((32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.4242 — Thermo Electron Corporation/Fisher Scientific International, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry


B-1049 Brussels

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.