The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Foseco by Cookson following commitments to divest Cookson’s foam filter business and most of Foseco’s isostatically pressed products (IPPs) business. Without these divestments, Cookson would have become too dominant in the market for IPPs following the merger and the limited remaining competitors were considered too few to counter Cookson’s market power. In relation to foam filters, the merger would have combined the existing market leaders in terms of quality, price and innovation. These divestments have, however, removed the overlaps in the companies’ activities.