The commission said its decision is conditional upon the divestment of two facilities producing certain types of glass fibre reinforcements for which it had identified competition concerns.
In light of this commitment, the commission said it has concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.
Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement: 'In view of the remedies offered, I am satisfied that effective competition will be safeguarded and that European customers of glass fibre reinforcements will not be harmed by this transaction.'
The commission said its market investigation revealed that the proposed operation, as initially notified, would raise competition concerns in Europe on the markets for direct rovings and dry use chopped strands, where the merger would create a market leader significantly stronger than the largest competitors, and also on the continuous filament mat market, where the transaction could lead to the creation of a monopoly.
It added that, with a view to removing these concerns, the parties offered to divest two of Owens Corning's glass fibre reinforcements plants located in Battice, Belgium and in Birkeland, Norway. As a result of these divestitures, the overlap created by the proposed transaction will be removed on the markets where competition concerns had been raised.