- Published: 22 March 2017 22 March 2017
The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of LM Wind Power by General Electric. The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe. General Electric has a relatively small market share in both onshore and offshore wind turbines.
Although LM Wind Power has a significant market share, its market position has been decreasing in the past few years and in-house blade production also has to be taken into account. Based on the results of its market investigation, the Commission concluded that competitive concerns would be unlikely to arise after the transaction because:
- GE would not be in a position to significantly affect the upstream market. In particular since competing blade manufacturers would continue to have access to wind turbine manufacturers other than GE.
- In relation to the downstream markets, GE would continue to face significant competition from other major turbine manufacturers who either manufacture their blades in-house and/or are not dependent on LM Wind Power for supplies.