Overview of the automobile component bid-rigging conspiracy investigation
The Bureau first learned of cartel activity in the motor vehicle components industry by way of its Immunity Program, and began investigating in December 2009. The investigation also benefitted from the cooperation of a number of companies under the Bureau’s Leniency Program.
The Bureau’s investigation relates to a series of alleged conspiracies and bid‑rigging agreements or arrangements among various motor vehicle component suppliers. These components were used to manufacture of motor vehicles in Canada and elsewhere.
Since April 2013, the Bureau’s investigation has resulted in 11 guilty pleas and over $84 million in fines imposed by the courts in Canada.
The investigation continues. The Bureau is cooperating closely with international partners to ensure cartel participants are brought to justice and pay for their crimes.
|Date||Company||Motor vehicle component||Fine|
|April 4, 2013||Furukawa||Electrical boxes||$5 million|
|April 18, 2013||Yazaki Corporation||Wire harnesses||$30 million: largest fine imposed by a court in Canada for a bid‑rigging offence|
|July 12, 2013||JTEKT Corporation||Automotive wheel hub unit bearings||$5 million|
|January 30, 2014||NSK Ltd.||Automotive wheel hub unit bearings||$4.5 million|
|February 20, 2014||Panasonic||Switches and sensors||$4.7 million|
|August 20, 2014||DENSO Corporation||Body electronic control units||$2.45 million|
|December 11, 2014||Yamashita Rubber Co.||Anti‑vibration components and systems||$4.5 million|
|December 9, 2015||Toyo Tire||Anti‑vibration components and systems||$1.7 million|
|April 1, 2016||Showa Corporation||Electric power steering gears||$13 million|
|July 20, 2016||Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.||Body sealing products||US$130 million|
|April 25, 2017||Mitsubishi Electric Corporation||Supply of alternators and ignition coils||$13.4 million: second largest fine imposed by a court in Canada for a bid‑rigging offence|
|December 13, 2017||NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.||Spark plugs||$550,000|
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