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english china clay or french china clay?

updated sun 28 feb 99


Frank Martin on sat 27 feb 99

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Business: The Company File

ECC accepts Imetal bid

Mining and minerals firm English China Clays (ECC) has
accepted a =A3756m (=241.25bn) takeover bid from its
French rival Imetal.

The bid values the company at 250 pence a share and
was lifted from an initial 225p-per-share bid made last
month and rejected by ECC.

Both firms are involved in the extraction of pigments
used to coat paper products, and tableware ceramics.

Imetal said the integration of ECC would create one of
the world's leading producers of white pigments and that
the enlarged group would become a low cost producer
with a wider product base and better research and
development opportunities. Imetal said ECC had failed to
deliver good profit performance and its restructuring
plans had not worked.

The French firm is the larger of the two, with annual
sales of =A31.3bn. It employs 10,000 people worldwide.

ECC is based in Reading and had sales of =A3850m last
year. It has 6,000 employees worldwide.

Monday, February 1, 1999 Published at 09:55 GMT


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