On 21 June 2017 the Commission fined three car lighting system producers - Valeo, Automotive Lighting and Hella – for coordinating prices and other trading conditions across the EEA for three years in breach of Article 101 TFEU. All companies opted for the so-called settlement procedure meaning they admitted their involvement and agreed to settle the case with the Commission in exchange for a lighter procedure and a 10% reduction of the fine. Valeo was also awarded a 100% immunity under the Commission's Leniency Notice and avoided a fine of EUR 30,5 million. Vehicle lighting systems include parts such as headlamps or daytime running lights. The cartel concerned the supply of these spare parts to manufacturers of passenger and commercial vehicles after the end of mass production of a car model. The three companies met, mainly bilaterally, at trade fairs, on the margins of supplier days organised by customers, during customer visits, but also independently of such events. The companies discussed quotes for tenders and negotiation strategies and exchanged information on the status of negotiations with customers regarding price increases, as well as other information. Moreover, the parties agreed that they should aim for a price increase on spare parts after the end of mass production of specific car models, and coordinated how long after that they would end contractual availability of the spare parts in question.

Source: Commission press release 21/6/2017