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Previously Goodlass, Wall and Lead Industries
1980s Cookson was a diversified industrial conglomerate operating in the tioxide and lead paint markets while developing several new business lines including electronics, ceramics and precious metals
1982 Lead Industries changed its name to Cookson Group, bring back to use a name of one of its principal components.
1982 Major parts of the business were :
Manufacturing in 10 countries.
1987 Bought the Vesuvius Crucible Co, a ceramics supplier
1994 Acquired the European Precious Metals fabrication business of Johnson, Matthey and Co; disposed of the lead fabrication business. Formed JV with Johnson Matthey Cookson Matthey Ceramics.
1998 Johnson Matthey bought Cookson's share of Cookson Matthey Ceramics. Focussed on 3 divisions:
Focus grew on speciality ceramics
2007 Acquired Foseco for £600M.
2012 Renamed Vesuvius