The statement outlines the Commission’s potential competition issues with the acquisition following its initial investigation. A Statement of Issues is not a final decision and does not mean that the Commission intends to decline or clear the merger. 

The Commission is seeking submissions from Taranaki By-Products and Lowe, and other interested parties on the issues raised in the Statement of Issues. 

The Statement of Issues can be found on the case register.

Submissions can be sent by email to with the reference ‘Taranaki By-Products/Lowe’ in the subject line. 

Submissions are due no later than close of business 2 June 2021, with cross-submissions due no later than close of business 9 June 2021.

The Commission is currently scheduled to make a decision on the application by 24 June 2021. However, this date may be extended.


We will give clearance to a proposed merger if we are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.

Further information explaining how the Commission assesses a merger application is available on our website.