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The rise of AIM in the 1990s

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Built up by acquisition during this decade, Anglo Industrial Minerals has had more than £625 million ($1 billion) invested in it. Acquisitions have included Tilcon, Buxton Lime Industries and Nash Rocks.

Now one of the top six players in the UK.

1998 operating profit of £59.3 million ($95 million).

Mainly comprises construction materials interests in the UK, Germany and Spain.

Before the addition of Tarmac, the AIM arm made up 4 per cent of Anglo American's profits. With Tarmac incorporated, AIM ranks as the fourth largest business, providing 11 per cent of the group's profits, behind Gold (21 per cent), Industries (15 per cent) and Platinum (14 per cent).