ERJ staff report (DS)
Mumbai, India - Phillips Carbon Black Ltd has issued a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange saying it has not taken a final decision on the purchase of Evonik's carbon black business.
The statement follows widespread press speculation in India that Phillips will soon announce a successful bid to buy the former Degussa activities from Evonik. The speculation follows Birla Group's successful bid to buy Columbian Chemicals.
In its statement, Phillips, owned by the RPG group, said â€œthe Company is always exploring opportunities for growth both organic and inorganic.â€ The statement continued, â€œThe Company is also aware of the divestment process of Evonik's Carbon Black operations.â€ It added, â€œThe Company have not taken any conclusive decision in this regardâ€ before concluding that Phillips would inform the BSE when any such decision might be made.
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