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Cookson Group is to sell its Hi-Tech Ceramics filters business, which has annual sales of £5m, to Sud-Chemie, in order to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of Foseco.

Cookson is to acquire Foseco, the supplier of consumable products for use in the foundry and steel industries with 29 production facilities in 17 countries, for £497m.

Cookson is to sell its US-based Monofrax fused-cast refractories business to RHI of Austria for £23m.

Cookson has sold its SCS speciality coatings business to Bunker Hill Capital for £32m.

Cookson Group is to sell its Laminates business, which supplies substrate materials for the manufacture of printed circuit boards, to Isola Group for £51m.

Cookson has sold its plastic moulding operations to four separate buyers for £38m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.

Cookson is to invest £3.8m at its Vesuvius refractory plant in Sheepbridge with the creation of 60 jobs, while plants at Kings Cliffe near Peterborough and Manuel near Linlithgow will be closed.

Cookson is selling its two telecoms businesses for £98m, with Neptco going to a venture capital consortium and Focas to Alcoa Fujikura.

Cookson is to acquire Ethone-OMI, the US speciality chemicals company, for £310m, as part of a strategy to become a one-stop shop for manufacturers of printed circuit boards.

Cookson is acquiring US printed circuit boards company Dexter Corporation for £20m, in order to provide a wider range of products to its customers.

Cookson is acquiring Plaskon Electronic Materials, the supplier of plastics to the semiconductor industry, from BP Amoco for £78m.

Cookson is to sell TAM, its ceramic powders manufacturing business, to Ferro Corporation of the US for £50m.

Cookson is acquiring Premier Refractories from Alpine Group of the US for £252m, to create an enlarged refractory products business employing more than 800 people at 70 sites.

Cookson has sold Cookson Fibers of the US to a US venture capital company for £93m, and has also announced a £30m restructuring programme that will result in the loss of 700 jobs.

Cookson has acquired Matrix, the US manufacturer of micron-tolerance precision engineered products, for an initial £8m.

Cookson has acquired Accel Corp, the US manufacturer of speciality cleaning systems for the electronics sector, for £9m.

Cookson is set to acquire AlliedSignal's European copper-clad laminates business for about £10m, which will give it its first manufacturing base in Germany.

Cookson has acquired Flogates and KSR, two Sheffield-based refractories companies, for £50m using the proceeds from its withdrawal from its joint venture with Johnson Matthey.

Cookson has acquired the jewellery components division of Inverness Corp of the US for an initial £24m in order to increase the value-added activities of its precious metals business.

Cookson, the industrial materials company, is selling the UK horticultural products business of its Plantpak division to Synbra UK, the Dutch producer of plastics for the packaging and construction sectors.

Cookson has sold Anzon, its fire-retardant additives business, to Great Lakes Chemical Corp of the US for £54m.

Rexam has sold four more subsidiaries for a total £24.4m - Goodhead Group has bought Benham & Company, Cookson has bought Tactus International, and Silgen Plastics has bought Rexam Containers in North America.

Cookson is acquiring GRP, the US maker of fused cast refractory materials, for undisclosed terms.

Cookson Group has bought Camelot Systems, the US electronic components maker, for up to $100m.

Cookson has sold its Synthetic Products plastic additives business in the US to Ferro for £58m.