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Through numerous acquisitions and mergers Albert E. Reed expanded into a wide variety of business activities ranging from paper and packaging, manufacture of building and decorative products and the publishing of newspapers, books and magazines.
1952 Group consisted of:-
1953 Reed Paper Group consisted of:
1954 Acquired Thompson and Norris Manufacturing Co, and Sun Paper Mill Co of Blackburn which supplied most of its output to Thompson's. Reed became the largest supplier of corrugated boxes in the UK; developed weather-proof fibreboard and exclusive linen-grain and coloured finishes to give the cases value in retail display
1961 Continuing to diversify its product ranges, Reed established a joint venture, Aerlan, with Lantor to research methods of making non-woven fabrics, for use as inter-linings in clothing, using paper-making techniques to speed up production.
1965 Acquired Wall Paper Manufacturers which became part of a newly formed Decorative Products Division together with Crown and later Polycell. International Publishing Corporation's holding in the company reduced to 28.5 percent
Reed International subsequently reorganised its portfolio in order to concentrate on its publishing and information businesses
1987/8 Completed the disposal of all the manufacturing operations.
1993 Reed International PLC and Elsevier NV merged to form Reed Elsevier which operate through two jointly owned companies: Reed Elsevier Group plc (which owns the publishing and information businesses); and Elsevier Reed Finance BV (which owns the financing activities).