CCI dismisses allegation against LG for abuse of dominance in the VRF/HVAC air conditioners market

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed allegations against LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd. (LG) for abuse of dominance in the “market for manufacture and sale of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Air conditioners in India.” It was alleged that LG refused to allow the Informant to install its Hybrid Thermal Solar panels, on LG’s air conditioning units, which when installed reduces the electricity consumption by 30-40%. CCI noted that LG does not have a dominant position based on the fact “that there are many VRF/VRV HVAC air conditioner manufacturers and suppliers in India” and LG merely has 16% market share in the relevant market.