Both companies construct plastic exterior components for the vehicle industry, including plastic bumpers. The Commission was initially concerned that the merger would own reduced competition in the market for plastic bumpers in France, Belgium and Spain, and for a broader range of components across the European Economic Area, it said.

Plastic Omnium has therefore said that it will vend five Faurecia sites that construct plastic bumpers. Four of these are in France, and single in Spain. It will also vend two plants that assemble front-finish modules in Germany, including the research and development centre connected to these sites. Front finish modules are complete front assemblies that frequently include the front-finish carrier that sits behind the bumper, crash beam, bumper and grilles, the Commission said.

These commitments “fully address every competition concerns”, the Commission said.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Plastic Omnium offered to divest answer production facilities to address our concerns. This ensures that vehicle manufacturers in Europe will persist to own a choice of suppliers for automotive parts, such as bumpers, at competitive prices subsequent the takeover”.