The European Commission has opened formal anti-trust proceedings to investigate an alleged refusal by several Swiss luxury-watch manufacturers to supply spare parts to independent repairers.
In 2004, the European Confederation of Watch Repairers’ Associations (CEAHR) lodged a complaint with the Commission that, from 2002, the watch manufacturers refused to supply spare parts to independent repairers that did not belong to their selective systems for repair and maintenance. As there were no alternative sources for many of the spare parts, the independent repairers were being forced out of business.
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