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Reed International

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1970 Reed Group acquired International Publishing Corporation; changed its name to Reed International[1]

1971 Crown Paints and Crown Wallpapers were brought under the same management as part of Reed International[2]

1971 Twyfords was acquired as part of building products and Reed Building Products Division was established as a main division of the group.

1973 Acquired Westwood Plastics through the Key Terrain subsidiary[3]

1976 The 5 main divisions were[4]:

1987 Reed decided to concentrate on publishing, paper and packaging and sold major parts of its DIY division, Crown Paints and Polycell, to Williams Holdings[5].

1987/8 Completed the disposal of all the manufacturing operations.

1993 Reed International PLC and Elsevier NV merged to form Reed Elsevier which operated 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).

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times , Apr 11, 1970
  2. The Times, Jun 29, 1971
  3. The Times, Nov 29, 1973
  4. The Times, Jun 29, 1976
  5. The Times, June 16, 1987