Quik-Shot Limited and its director Raad Al-Karbouli have been issued formal warnings for price fixing conduct relating
to pipe rehabilitation services in Christchurch.
The Commission’s investigation was opened as a result of Fletcher Construction raising concerns about the conduct of two
now former employees of its subsidiary company Pipeworks.
The investigation ultimately focused on quotes requested by a business seeking pipe rehabilitation services in November
The Commission found that the Pipeworks employees had provided Mr Al-Karbouli with the price Pipeworks would be
submitting for the contract through WhatsApp, and recommended a price range that Quik-Shot should quote to win the work.
Mr Al-Karbouli confirmed his receipt of this information and submitted a price for Quik-Shot within this range.
These communications between competitors were unknown to the business and it ultimately awarded the contract to
“Taking into account the lack of harm caused by Quik-Shot’s unsuccessful bid and the limited duration of the
anti-competitive conduct, we considered a formal warning was sufficient in this instance. However, this case is a useful
reminder to businesses to maintain strict oversight of their tender and pricing processes and avoid discussing pricing
information with competitors,” Commission Chairman Dr Mark Berry said.
“Fletcher Construction correctly alerted us to its concerns and fully cooperated with the Commission’s investigation.”
A copy of the warning letter can be found on the Commission’s website
More information about price fixing can be found here
The Commerce Act prohibits contracts, arrangements or understandings between competitors that contain a cartel
provision. This includes price fixing as these agreements have the purpose or effect of fixing controlling or
maintaining the prices for goods and services. An individual can be fined $500,000 and/or prohibited from directing or
managing a company. A body corporate can be fined the greater of $10 million or three times the commercial gain from the
breach (or 10% turnover) for each separate breach.