Cookson Group

Cookson Group
Cookson Group plc
Type Public (LSECKSN)
Industry Materials technology
Founded 1704
Headquarters London, UK
Key people Jeff Harris, Chairman
Nick Salmon, CEO
Revenue £2,545.5 million (2010)[1]
Operating income £223.0 million (2010)[1]
Net income £150.9 million (2010)[1]
Employees circa 14,000 (2010)[2]

Cookson Group plc (LSECKSN) is a leading materials technology company headquartered in London which provides materials, processes and services to customers worldwide. The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.



The Company was founded by Isaac Cookson in 1704 as a collection of metal and glass businesses on Tyneside.[3] In 1851 the Company diversified into lead manufacturing. In 1924 it merged with Lock Lancaster and W.W. & R. Johnson & Sons to form Associated Lead Manufacturers. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1930.[4] In 1966 it was renamed Lead Industries Group and in 1979 it acquired the A.J. Oster Company, a non-ferrous metal producer.[3] In 1982 it changed its name again to Cookson Group[4] and in 1987 it bought the Vesuvius Crucible Company, a ceramics supplier.[4] In 2005 it chose to focus on high technology products and emerging markets.[4] In 2008 it went on to acquire Foseco, a supplier to the foundry and steel industries.[5]


The Company's operations are formed into three divisions: Ceramics, Electronics and Precious Metals.[6]


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