Hankook and Kumho Fined
The South Korea monopolies commission has said it will fine Hankook Tire and Kumho Tire 4.1 billion won (£2.1 million), Korean newspapers have reported. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said the two companies had raised the prices of products shipped to their distributors after consulting each other, violating the country’s fair trade act.
The fines break down to 2.2 billion won for Hankook and 1.9 billion won for Kumho. The ruling comes after both companies raised their prices by between five and 10 per cent in May 2004, on the pretext of higher international rubber prices. The FTC is reported to have said both companies have admitted to the violations and provided evidence, entitling them to reduced fines under the government’s leniency program.