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CCI reportedly requires divestment in eastern India for Holcim-Lafarge merger

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India’s Financial Express is reporting that the Competition Commission has written to Holcim-Lafarge, requiring them to divest assets to prevent a monopoly in eastern India. The report indicates that the merger has approval pending the divestments, which include limestone reserves, which must not be sold to a competitor. Lafarge and Holcim have reportedly been given 30 days to respond to the suggestion.

Lafarge and Holcim have a combined market share of 29% in eastern India, taken with Madhya Pradesh and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier this month it was announced that Lafarge and Holcim would divest assets worth €6.5 billion to Irish building materials company CRH. CRH is present in India through JV My Home Industries, which also owns Sree Jayajothi Cement Limited. Both businesses are located in South India. 

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