The UK's Competition Commission (CC) has today (12 November) asked for industry opinion on the proposed acquisition by Serviced Dispense Equipment Limited (SDEL) of the technical services function of Coors Brewers Limited (Coors), through a statement of issues.

SDEL is a joint venture company formed earlier this year, merging the technical services businesses of Scottish Courage and Carlsberg UK.

The CC is seeking to establish whether the proposed merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within the market or markets for technical services equipment for the dispense of draught beer (including ale, lager and cider) and related technical services.

The CC said it has yet to reach any conclusions, and will not do so until it has discussed these issues with SDEL and Coors.

Information about the reference is available on the CC's web site at: www.competition-commission.org.uk/inquiries/current/sdel/index.htm

Anyone wishing to comment on any of the issues set out below is requested to do so by 26 November 2004.