EU regulators approve Robert Bosch buy of SPX unit

BRUSSELS Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:12am EDT

View of the entrance of German automotive parts manufacturer Robert Bosch Belgian plant in Tienen April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

View of the entrance of German automotive parts manufacturer Robert Bosch Belgian plant in Tienen April 21, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Thierry Roge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH ROBG.UL gained EU approval on Tuesday to purchase the car service business of U.S. manufacturer SPX Corp (SPW.N) for $1.15 billion.

SPX is selling the unit to focus on its fast-growing flow technology business. The acquisition will boost world No. 1 car parts maker Bosch's presence in the North American diagnostics business.

The European Commission, which acts as competition regulator in the European Union, said it did not see any major competition concerns as a result of the deal, confirming a Reuters report on Monday.

"The Commission's investigation found that a number of credible competitors would remain active in the markets concerned after the proposed transaction," the EU executive said in a statement.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Rex Merrifield)

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