The European Commission has imposed fines on Asahi, Guardian, Pilkington and Saint-Gobain for coordinating price increases and other commercial conditions for deliveries of flat glass in the European Economic Area. From early 2004 to 2005, these companies are alleged to have raised or otherwise stabilised prices through a series of meetings and other illicit contacts. The Commission started this investigation on its own initiative, on the basis of market information provided by several EU Member States’ National Competition Authorities. The Commission imposed total fines of EUR 486.9 million.