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London International Group

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of Glasshouse Yard, London EC1

1985 LRC International changed its name to London International Group; its product lines included[1]:

1988 Having failed to acquire Wedgwood in 1986, the company put its Royal Worcester Spode subsidiary up for sale[3], and it was sold to a private company Derby International Corporation[4]

1989 Rio Tinto Co acquired 3 electrical companies - Duraplug Electricals, Fleetwood Electrics and Tripower Ltd - from London International Group; they became part of RTZ Pillar[5]

1990 Acquired several more photo-processing laboratories[6]

1994 Colourcare was sold to its management; most of the other consumer products, except Durex, were put up for sale. As a result of the disastrous diversification losses of £175million were recorded; a rights issue was used to return the balance sheet to more comfortable state[7]; the company adopted a back-to-basics strategy[8]

1999 Sold parts of its health and beauty care products business[9]. Acquired by Seton Scholl International; group renamed SSL International[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Nov 18, 1985
  2. The Times, May 13, 1986
  3. The Times, June 03, 1988
  4. The Times, June 22, 1988
  5. The Times, January 17, 1989
  6. The Times, January 04, 1990
  7. The Times, June 09, 1994
  8. The Times, May 31, 1996
  9. The Times, January 14, 1999
  10. The Times, May 29, 1999
  • Jessica Borge, "Protective Practices: A History of the London Rubber Company and the Condom Business (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020)