The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of sole control of RSDB of The Netherlands by Quebecor of Canada. Both companies provide printing services for publications (magazines, catalogues/advertisements) and service activities related to printing (pre-press and after-press). The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or in any substantial part of it.

Quebecor and RSDB are providers of printing services in the publishing sector (magazines, inserts, TV guides), catalogue production (mail-order catalogues) and commercial printed matters and services in the marketing and communications sector.

The Commission's investigation covered the markets for both rotogravure printing of magazines and catalogues/advertisements, with a particular focus on Belgium and Sweden for the rotogravure printing of magazines and Sweden for the rotogravure printing of catalogues/advertisements. The most significant market positions of the parties' rotogravure printing activities are held in these countries.

The Commission's investigation showed however that in the markets for rotogravure printing of magazines in Belgium and Sweden, a number of competitors operate presses located in the neighbouring countries and possess the printing capacity to serve these markets.

With regard to the market for rotogravure printing of catalogues and advertisements in Sweden, the Commission's investigation concluded that there would not be any significant impediment to effective competition given the strong position of competitors. [14 December 2007]