Bill Bone died in 1982 at the age of 76, like his father.
In 1980 Tony joined an export delegation to Fiji, Tonga, western and American Samoa. This resulted in the company developing an export market for architectural door hardware to Fiji. 1987 saw the Rabuka coup disrupt the market and through a contact with a former NZ Trade Commissioner the export focus was transferred to Papua New Guinea in 1989. Both markets continue today.
In May 1990, the decision was made to close the retail shop at 215 Heretaunga Street East. This was due to the very difficult trading conditions through the 1980’s. The company refocused on Architectural Door Hardware, a personal interest of Tony and a growing part of the business. The company went from a peak of 30 staff in the mid 1980’s to 5 in 1990.
The front shop in Heretaunga Street was rented out and most of the operations moved into the backstore facing Eastbourne Street.
Throughout this period the company also sold Rayburn Solid Fuel Cookers through its association with the parent company Glynwed (AGA). When AGA purchased the Leisure / Rangemaster Company, F.L. Bone started selling their Range Cookers from 1998. The Leisure / Rangemaster Cookers (name changed to Falcon) continued to grow and now forms 3/4 of the company’s turnover
1999 saw the opening of a branch at 409 Manukau Road, Epsom selling hardware, cookers and cookware. In 2008 the cooker side of the Auckland branch moved to a new award winning shop at 15 Teed Street, Newmarket. The hardware side moved to 35 Teed Street in 2011. In 2014 both divisions moved into larger premises at 14 Morrow Street, Newmarket.
In 2005 Kim (D.K.), David’s son joined the business.
A Central Heating Division was created in 2006. Centred around Grant Diesel Boilers from Ireland, Ideal Gas Boilers and Stelrad Radiators from England, the division focused on the supply and installation of systems. This side of the business was sold off to Plumbcraft Ltd, Auckland in 2013.
2012 saw the opening of a new retail shop at 54 Gorge Road, Queenstown, in part of the McKenzie & Willis building.
January 2015 Steve Brougham