Tyre manufacturers sue chemical suppliers over alleged cartel

London – A group of tyre manufacturers is suing rubber chemical suppliers for reparations over an alleged price-fixing cartel that occurred in Europe between 1996 and 2002.

Twenty-six plaintiffs, including Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Europe Ltd., Continental A.G., Michelin, Pirelli S.p.A., Bridgestone Corp. and their allied companies, accuse the 23 defendants of illegally fixing prices in chemicals such as antioxidants, antiozonants and primary accelerators.

Defendants include Shell Chemical Corp., Bayer A.G., Dow Chemical Co., and the Czech groups Trade-Stomil, Unipetrol and Synthos.

The case was filed Feb….

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