Colombian competition body fines Cementos Argos, Cemex and Holcim US$68m

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Colombia: The Superintendent of Industry and Commerce (SIC) has fined Cementos Argos, Cemex and Holcim and six senior managers US$68m for fixing the price of Ordinary Portland Cement. The fine covers behaviour by the companies between January 2010 and December 2012. SIC’s investigation discovered that collusion between the cement producers artificially increased the price of cement by 30% despite inflation being 9% during the period.

Cementos Argos responded to the sanction by saying that it rejected the fine and decision by SIC. Following an earlier statement in October 2017 it once again criticised SIC’s methods. According to Reuters, both Holcim and Cemex disagreed with the finding and they said they would take legal action against it.

Last modified on 13 December 2017

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