Kingspan Acquisition of SIG’s Building Solutions Abandoned

KINGSPAN HAS abandoned its proposed deal with SIG-owned Building Solutions during an in-depth CMA investigation.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had begun an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation into the takeover.

Kingspan manufactures standard foam sandwich panels, which are commonly used as insulated cladding on commercial and industrial buildings.

SIG-owned Building Solutions also sells a range of insulation and specialist construction products through a variety of businesses, including Steadmans, Trimform, Advanced Cladding and United Roofing Products.

Serious competition

After completing its initial Phase 1 investigation in April 2020, the CMA found that the proposed deal could result in customers facing higher prices or lower quality products.

It found that Kingspan and Building Solutions are two of only three key suppliers of standard foam sandwich panels in the UK and would only face serious competition from one other UK-based supplier – Tata Steel – after the deal.

Competition from suppliers of products imported from outside the UK and suppliers of other products sometimes used as insulated cladding is also very limited, the CMA found.

The CMA had moved to the more serious, phase 2 stage of its probe after its concerns were not addressed by the firms.

Kingspan and Building Solutions have now decided to abandon the deal and so the CMA will be cancelling its investigation.

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