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Williams is to sell its US paint businesses for £300m, with North American Paint going to a management buy-out and Masterchem Industries going to Masco Corporation.

Williams is planning to reduce the size of its Derby headquarters following the sale of its Yale locks business, and some staff will be relocated to offices in Sunbury and Slough.

Williams is selling its Yale locks business to Assa Abloy of Sweden for about £900m, and has also announced plans to split itself into two separate companies - Chubb Security Services and Kidde fire protection.

Williams has sold its Portuguese paints business to management for £71m, but will retain a 24% stake.

Williams is acquiring two Norwegian fire protection companies - Norfass and Heien-Larssen - from Eltek for £17m.

Williams is acquiring Tempus, the Swedish fire protection company, for £10m.

Williams has acquired FPD Guardforce, the Hong Kong security and fire protection business, for £75m.

Williams has acquired two French fire protection companies - Proteg Incendie and Proteg Extincteur - from Securitas of Sweden for £53m.

Williams has acquired KS Conquest, the security services provider, from NatWest Equity Partners for £17m.

Williams Holdings' electronics division, SAIA Burgess Electronics, is being sold to a management buy-out for £71m.

Williams Holdings has bought the Sicli Group, the French fire protection and rescue vehicle concern, for £175m.