2012年11月12日月曜日

東海理化 罰金1770万ドル

東海理化が罰金1770万ドルの支払いに合意した。
 米司法省は、トヨタ自動車グループの部品メーカー、東海理化が米国
などで販売した暖房パネルで、ほかの企業と価格カルテルを結んでいた
ことを認め、罰金1770万ドルを支払うことに同意したと発表した。

司法省
・2003年9月-2010年2月 米国などで他社と共謀して操作した価格で
 トヨタ自動車に納入。
・11人の役員は、罪を認め、1-2年の禁固刑 も受けた 。
・価格吊り上げでの有罪を認め、調査が発覚した時点で幹部が関連書類
 の破棄を指示した司法妨害でも有罪を認めた。

罰金を受けた会社
・9社が罪を認め、罰金は総額で7億9000万ドルを超える。
 古河電気工業   200.0百万ドル
 DENSO       78.0百万ドル
 フジクラ電線   20.0百万ドル
 東海理化     177.0百万ドル
 Autoliv      14.5百万ドル
 TRW Deutschland  5.1百万ドル
 G.S Electech    2.75百万ドル
 矢崎総業     470.0百万ドル
 日本精機      1.0百万ドル

車両用エアコンのヒータ温度制御装置の価格カルテルの捜査で9社が
罰金を支払ったようだ。
見積価格が同額であれば、正常な競争でないと思う。
最近は、価格が安くても高くても適正な価格の範囲でないと商品の信頼
度が計れず、劣化品を購入した感じがする。
適正な価格の判断は難しい。

DENSO North America Guilty


---トヨタ部品メーカーがカルテル認める…米司法省---
2012年10月31日10時07分  読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/atmoney/news/20121031-OYT1T00396.htm

 【ニューヨーク=越前谷知子】米司法省は30日、トヨタ自動車グループの部品メーカー、東海理化(愛知県)が米国などで販売した暖房パネルで、ほかの企業と価格カルテルを結んでいたことを認め、罰金1770万ドル(約14億円)を支払うことに同意したと発表した。
 司法省によると、同社は2003年9月から10年2月にかけ、米国などで他社と共謀して操作した価格でトヨタ自動車に納入していたという。
 自動車部品に絡むカルテルでは、東海理化を含めて9社が罪を認め、罰金は総額で7億9000万ドル(約632億円)を超えるという。


---東海理電、自動車部品の価格操作で罰金1770万ドル=米司法省---
2012年 10月 31日 08:49 JST
http://jp.reuters.com/article/jpUSpolitics/idJPTYE89T0AD20121030

 [ワシントン 30日 ロイター] 米司法省は、東海理化電機製作所が自動車のヒーターコントロールパネルでの価格操作を図ったことでの有罪と罰金1770万ドルの支払いに同意したと発表した。
 自動車部品の価格操作に対する調査の一環で、これまで9社の問題が指摘されている。
 東海理電は価格吊り上げ1件での有罪を認めたほか、調査が発覚した時点で幹部が関連書類の破棄を指示したことによる司法妨害でも有罪を認めた。


---Tokai Rika to Pay $17.7 Million Fine for Price Fixing---
By Tom Schoenberg - Oct 31, 2012 1:13 AM GMT+0900
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-30/tokai-rika-to-pay-17-7-million-fine-for-price-fixing.html

Tokai Rika Co. (6995) will plead guilty to criminal charges and pay a $17.7 million fine for conspiring to fix prices of heater control panels installed in cars sold in the U.S. and elsewhere, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Tokai Rika, based in Nagoya, Japan, in a filing today in federal court in Detroit, was charged with one count of conspiracy to restrain trade and one count of obstruction of justice. Heater control panels are located in the center console of an automobile and regulate the temperature of the interior environment of a vehicle.

“They knew their actions would harm American consumers, and attempted to cover it up when caught. The division will continue to hold accountable companies who engage in anticompetitive conduct and who obstruct law enforcement,” Scott D. Hammond, the head of criminal enforcement in the department’s antitrust division, said in an e-mailed statement.

Tokai Rika is among nine companies that have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the Obama administration’s ongoing investigation into price fixing and bid rigging in the auto parts industry, according to the department. Eleven executives have also pleaded guilty and received prison sentences of one to two years. More than $790 million in fines have been imposed, according to the department.

A person who answered the phone at the company’s Plymouth, Michigan, office said Tokai Rika will post a statement on the case on its website later today. She said she was instructed to not give her name.
Toyota Sales

Tokai Rika engaged in a conspiracy by agreeing during meetings and conversations to rig bids and fix prices for heater control panels sold to Toyota in the U.S. and elsewhere, on a model-by-model basis, according to the court filing. Tokai Rika and its co-conspirators carried out the scheme from at least as early as September 2003 until at least February 2010, according to the filing.

“The conspirators used code names and chose meeting places and times to avoid detection,” Hammond said.

The case is U.S. v. Tokai Rika Co., 12-cr-20711, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit).


---Japanese auto supplier ninth to plead guilty in price-fixing investigation---
By Chad Halcom
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121030/FREE/121039994#

Nagoya, Japan-based Tokai Rika Co. Ltd. becomes the ninth company to plead guilty in a U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on auto supplier price fixing - and the first to be accused of actively destroying evidence once the federal investigation began.

Tokai Rika will pay $17.7 million after pleading guilty at U.S. District Court in Detroit to one count of conspiracy to restrain trade in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and one count of obstruction of justice, under an agreement with Justice's Antitrust Division announced Tuesday.

That brings the total to more than $808 million in fines, in just over one year of criminal prosecutions against various Japanese and European supplier companies with subsidiaries or operations in metro Detroit.

In charges brought today at federal court, Justice officials allege Tokai Rika conspired with other suppliers to set the prices of automotive heater control panels to Toyota Motor Co. and subsidiary Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. in Farmington Hills, from 2003 until an FBI search of Tokai subsidiary TRAM in Plymouth in February 2010.

The FBI also conducted similar searches at the offices of Yazaki North America Inc. in Canton Township and Denso International Inc. in Southfield around the same time. In filing an obstruction charge, the government also alleges that a Tokai executive directed employees of its U.S. subsidiary to destroy and alter records that were to be furnished to a federal grand jury.

The FBI subsequently raided Auburn Hills-based TK Holdings Inc., the North American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Takata Corp., about a year later in an effort to obtain communications regarding Tokai Rika.

"After becoming aware of the FBI search of (Tokai's U.S.) subsidiary, an executive … directed director employees to delete electronic data and destroy paper documents likely to contain evidence of antitrust crimes in the United States and elsewhere … ," a criminal information sheet filed against Tokai Rika states. "(A)nd some of the deleted electronic data and destroyed paper documents were non-recoverable."

Michael Vokal, a finance manager for TRAM in Plymouth, could not be immediately reached for comment. An employee at the Plymouth offices said the parent company would issue a statement on the price-fixing charges today on Tokai Rika's website.

Tokai joins seven other companies and 11 executives to be charged in the U.S. in the price-fixing and bid-rigging investigation.

Pleading guilty and accepting fines to date are Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd. ($200 million), Denso Corp. ($78 million), G.S. Electech Inc. ($2.75 million), Fujikura Ltd. ($20 million), Autoliv Inc. ($14.5 million), TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH, a German unit of Livonia-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. ($5.1 million), and Nagaoka, Japan-based Nippon Seiki Co. Ltd., which houses its NS International Ltd. headquarters in Troy.

Seven executives from a handful of the companies - Junichi Funo, Hirotsugu Nagata, Tetsuya Ukai, Tsuneaki Hanamura, Ryoki Kawai, Shigeru Ogawa, Hisamitsu Takada, Norihiro Imai, Kazuhiko Kashimoto, Toshio Sudo and Makoto Hattori - have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to fines and prison sentences ranging from a year and a day to two years.

Tokai Rika ranks No. 51 among the top 100 global suppliers, with estimated worldwide sales to automakers of $4 billion in fiscal 2011, and with 17 percent of automotive business in North America last year, according to data from Crain's sister publication Automotive News.

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