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PaperlinX Applies For Clearance

PaperlinX Applies For Clearance To Extend Ownership Of Spicers Paper To 100 Percent

The Commerce Commission has received an application from PaperlinX Limited for clearance to acquire the remaining 58 percent of the shares in Spicers Paper Limited that it does not already own.

Both companies are Australian-based and have several subsidiaries operating in New Zealand paper distribution markets.

The Commission's Commerce Act Manager, Geoff Thorn, said that the Commission must determine what are the relevant markets and assess what impact the proposal would have on competition in those markets.

The Act prohibits business acquisitions that result in dominance being acquired or strengthened in any market. Parties can apply for a clearance, which the Commission will give if it is satisfied that dominance is not acquired or strengthened.

The Act gives the Commission 10 working days in which to make its decision but allows for extensions of time if necessary. Working day 10 will be December 15.

Public copies of PaperlinX's application are available from reception at the Commission's Wellington office, level 7 Landcorp House, 101 Lambton Quay.

Media contact: Commerce Act Manager Geoff Thorn Phone work (04) 498 0958, cellphone 021 661 104

Senior Advisor Communications Vincent Cholewa Phone work (04) 498 0920, home (04) 477 0039

Commission media releases can be viewed on its web site www.comcom.govt.nz

Regards Leo van Schyndel Records Officer Corporate Services Direct dial : (04) 498-0929 E-mail : leo.vanschyndel@comcom.govt.nz


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