Envipco Files Suit Against Tomra

Environmental Products Corp. files antitrust complaint against Tomra Systems ASA and Tomra North America.

November 21, 2010

Environmental Products Corp. (Envipco), a subsidiary of Envipco Holding N.V, has filed a complaint against Tomra Systems ASA and Tomra North America Inc. for anticompetitive, unfair and deceptive practices that violate federal antitrust laws and state unfair trade practice acts.

Envipco’s complaint, which was filed in the federal court for the District of Connecticut, seeks to enjoin Tomra from continuing its anticompetitive, unfair and deceptive practices and seeks compensatory, punitive and treble damages for the injury to Envipco.

As alleged in the complaint, Envipco is challenging, among other things, Tomra’s use of exclusive contracts and the early renewal of its contracts to foreclose reverse vending machine competition. A complete copy of the complaint can be found on Envipco’s website at www.envipco.com.

In a release, Envipco noted that Tomra engaged in similar conduct in the European Union and, as a result, was found guilty of violating the European Union’s antitrust laws. Tomra recently lost its appeal of that decision.

“At Envipco, we encourage fair competition, which we believe brings innovation and provides a wider choice at competitive prices,” says Gool Santchurn, Envipco’s CEO. “In the coming months, we will be launching a number of technologically advanced platforms for the collection of beverage containers, which we believe will benefit the industry and reinforces the importance of an open marketplace.”

Envipco Holding N.V provides recycling systems and solutions for the recovery and recycling of post consumer beverage containers.