The European Commission authorised a proposed merger between two European manufacturers of automotive components on 24 March 2010. Under the transaction Peugeot’s subsidiary, Faurecia SA, will acquire the German firm Plastal GmbH, a producer of plastic car parts such as bumpers and front-end carriers. There is some overlap in the respective parties’ activities but the Commission found that their union is unlikely to distort competition due to the continued presence of a number of strong rivals in the auto parts market. According to the Commission, Faurecia’s links to the car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroen SA, are unlikely to obstruct its merging with the German components producer. After investigating the merger’s potential vertical effects, the Commission held that the existence of a variety of alternative auto component suppliers and a large customer base would prevent the combined company from being able to close off any relevant markets from competition.