1986: Buys Kaiser Cement in US in agreed $200 million bid. Sells US
Glidden paint interests (to ICI) and Durkee Famous Foods, both
from SCM. Sells Courage brewing from Imperial for £1.4 billion.
Sells Hammary Furniture and Cleaning from US Industries. Sells
Golden Wonder, Ross Produce and Flavourite from Imperial.
1987: Court rules against Hanson gain from Courage pension fund. Sells
two divisions of Kaiser Cement. Sells Finlays newsagents from
Imperial. Wins agreed $1.7 billion bid for US consumer goods
company Kidde. Name change to Hanson plc.
1988: Drops bid for George Armitage clay products when referral made
to MMC. Sells Ross Young's foods from Imperial. Sells Latin
American paint arms from SCM. Forms Hanson Radio. Sells Kaiser
Cement's Indonesian arm. Sells Kidde's Globe Security of US,
Fenwal Controls of Japan and Kidde Automated Systems. Sells HP
Foods and Lea and Perrins from Imperial. Sells US Durkee
Industrial Foods, Allied/Egry, Walton Printing and General
Paint of Mexico from SCM. Sells Lucerne Valley plant and Kidde
Credit and Kidde Consultants of US.
1989: Wins £3.5 billion bid for Consolidated Gold Fields after Minorco
bid blocked. Sells Hygrade Foods, which it has owned since 1976,
and SCM's Allied paper. Sells Allders department stores and
duty-free shops from UDS to an MBO. Floats 53% of SCM's Smith
Corona typewriters in US. Sells Imperial's Ground Round
restaurants in US for shares in International Proteins
Corporation. Sells Gold Fields of South Africa stake. Sells ARC
Construction and ARC America from Consolidated Gold Fields.
1990: Buys US coal miner Peabody for $1.2 billion, picking up a large
stake from its 49%-owned Newmont Mining. Shows interest in
buying PowerGen but Government favours public float. Sells Mount
Goldsworthy in Australia from Consolidated Gold Fields. Swap
deal with Sir James Goldsmith: Hanson sells $1.3 billion Newmont
stake for Cavenham Forest Industries. Sells SCM's Baltimore
Spice and Kidde's Tucker Houseware. Sir Gordon White awarded
life peerage by Margaret Thatcher in Resignation Honours List.
1991: Buys 2.8% stake in ICI. Sells stake in Shanks and McEwan waste
management, which was picked up in London Brick asset sales.
Market capitalisation £10 billion.