Imperial Chemical Industries
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, one of the largest chemical producers in the world. In its heyday, ICI was the largest manufacturing company in the British Empire
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, and commonly regarded as a "bellwether of the British economy". It produced paints and speciality products (including ingredients for food
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s, specialty polymer
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s, electronic materials, fragrances and flavours).