Competition Commission holds public consultation on supply of lift spare parts

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is holding a public consultation on the supply of lift spare parts.
The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is holding a public consultation on the supply of lift spare parts.PHOTO: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is holding a public consultation on the supply of lift spare parts.

The consultation, from Jan 22 to Feb 5, will gather feedback on a "proposed commitment" by a lift parts supplier to amend its practice of witholding lift spare parts.

These spare parts, of a specific brand, are sought by companies providing lift maintenance services in Singapore.

The CCS said in a statement on Friday (Jan 22) that it received a complaint about the lift parts supplier company withholding supply of lift spare parts of a specific brand to a lift maintenance firm.

The maintenance firm was servicing and maintaining lifts in an unspecified Housing Board estate.

The CCS did not name the lift parts supplier company or the maintenance firm.

Under Section 47 of the Competition Act, a dominant firm with substantial market power is prohibited from preventing or impeding competition through withholding key products or services that are essential input to other businesses.

The CCS said its investigation revealed that "such conduct by the Company (lift parts supplier) would likely restrict competition in the market for the provision of lift maintenance services as the Company is the only supplier of that specific brand of lift spare parts in Singapore".

The supplier in question has since provided the CCS with a "voluntary commitment" to amend its business practices to address the statutory board's concerns.

Following this consultation, the CCS will decide whether to accept or reject the supplier's proposed commitment.

More information on the consultation can be found on the CCS website, www.ccs.gov.sg, under the section "Public Register and Consultation".

The closing date for submissions is Feb 5, 2016.