The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the acquisition by Ratcliff Palfinger (Ratcliff) of the commercial vehicle tail lift spare parts business of Ross & Bonnyman (R&B) to the Competition Commission (CC). In November 2010, R&B announced that it had decided to stop manufacturing tail lifts, used as hydraulic platforms at the back of commercial vehicles. The OFT has raised concerns that R&B’s decision to exit the market was influenced by its decision to sell its spare parts operations to Ratcliff. It has referred the deal to the CC to consider whether the deal has resulted in the removal of one of the three largest players in the market to the detriment of competition in the UK. The CC is provisionally expected to report on its findings by 4 August 2011.