UPDATE 1-EU says raids carbon black firms in four states

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(Adds statement, background) BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Thursday it had raided six companies in France, Italy, Germany and Spain over a suspected cartel in the manufacture of carbon black. Carbon black, derived from the incomplete combustion of natural gas or petroleum oil, is used to reinforce rubber and as an ingredient in inks, paints, crayons and polishes. The raids were carried out on November 19 and were coordinated with similar raids by the ...

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