No intimation from CCI on violating competition norms: ABB

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Bengaluru | Published: September 1, 2016 9:15 PM

Engineering major ABB India today said it has not received any communication from fair trade regulator CCI, which had ordered a probe against it for alleged abuse of dominance.

The complainant also alleged that ABB India threatened to stop supplies to its customers if they dealt with InPhase products. (Source: Reuters)

Engineering major ABB India today said it has not received any communication from fair trade regulator CCI, which had ordered a probe against it for alleged abuse of dominance.

“We haven’t received any information from Competition Commissioner of India (CCI) officially (for) what is all about,” ABB India CEO and Managing Director Sanjeev Sharma told PTI on the sidelines of the opening of the ABB India’s solar inverter manufacturing factory here.

Sharma further said since the matter is with the CCI, the company would not like to comment about it.

The regulator had ordered the probe after Bengaluru-based InPhase Power Technologies Pvt Ltd had filed a complaint, alleging that ABB India took undue advantage of dependence of consumers by forcing them to purchase its power quality products and not deal with the informant.

The complainant also alleged that ABB India threatened to stop supplies to its customers if they dealt with InPhase products.

Both ABB India and InPhase Power Technologies have their own static synchronous compensators in the market.

Sharma said CCI has not substantiated anything on the allegations levelled by the complainants on its website, but it is just a statement which it would like to enquire into.

“It (complaint) appeared on the CCI website because that is the practise of the CCI. In any case, when they want to discuss or investigate, they open it. So there is nothing  substantiated here. It is just a statement which they would  like to look into a particular case,” Sharma said.

The complainant also alleged that ABB India through “its  abusive conduct has attempted to limit supply and scientific  development in the market and denied market access to InPhase  Power Technologies.”

The complainant also alleged that ABB India abused its dominant position by instituting civil and criminal litigation with malafide intention to stop the informant from doing  business.

Replying to a query on talks with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries for partnerships across their businesses, he said: “We continuously collaborate with companies such as Reliance Industries, Adani and others who are conscious of being productive.”

“We have partnerships and co-projects to try out new  technologies, it could be to increase the efficiency of RIL storage system or increase the energy efficiency in an established unit,” Sharma added.

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