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04.08.2020

Anstar Oy stands for free competition

Anstar Oy is a Finnish family business specialising in the sales and manufacture of concrete structure connections and composite beams. In April 2020, Peikko Group Oy sued Anstar in the Market Court for three issues: infringement of EU 3D trademarks, patent infringement and unfair practices in business activity. Peikko has presented claims concerning our patents even earlier, but has failed in this endeavour. Anstar considers these latest claims by Peikko concerning infringement of its rights unsubstantiated and will now and in future stand for its freedom to operate on the Finnish construction product market. On 12 July 2020, Anstar submitted applications for cancellation concerning Peikko’s EU 3D trademarks [and refuted the infringement claims in its responses to the Market Court]. As the biggest operator in the field, and having participated in the same competitive tenders on the beam market with its own Deltabeam product, Peikko has been familiar with Anstar products for many years. Now that demand for Anstar’s products has been increasing among customers due to the products’ innovativeness and competitiveness, Peikko has started campaigning against Anstar in various ways. The latest lawsuits are part of this campaign. There are indications that, in order to defend its superior market position in Finland, Peikko attempts to restrict competition, therefore also aiming to hinder Anstar’s development as a company. Anstar considers the situation highly regrettable and emphasises that the products are the results of Anstar’s in-house product development and do not infringe on anyone’s rights. “Whether Peikko’s actions are smart in the long term remains to be seen, but we are personally trying to approach this on a sensible rather than emotional basis,” says Managing Director Tero Viljakainen. More information available from: Tero Viljakainen, Managing Director, Anstar Oy, mobile phone: +358 44 761 3510, e-mail:tero.viljakainen@anstar.fi Publication: For immediate release Distribution: Key media, Anstar Oy website