Cookson sees better earnings

British industrial materials group Cookson said it expects to report better full-year results than the year before, as strength in its electronics business offsets the impact of lower global steel production. Cookson, whose products are used in the glass and solar industries as well as by steelmakers and foundries, said its second-half performance was slightly below first half levels. It added, however, that its full-year performance would be substantially ahead of 2010.