On April 27, 2015, Applied Materials Inc. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. abandoned their merger plans after facing pushback from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The merger, which has been pending since September 2013, would have combined two of the largest suppliers of semiconductors and other equipment used by computer chip manufacturers. On April 27, the DOJ released a statement saying that certain concessions offered by the companies “failed to resolve the department’s competitive concerns.”