Sime Darby

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Sime Darby () is Malaysia's leading multinational conglomerate involved in five core sectors: plantations, property, industrial, motors and energy & utilities, with a growing presence in healthcare. Sime Darby is listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.

Background

In October 1910, British businessmen William Sime and Henry Darby established Sime, Darby & Co, a fledgling player in the lucrative rubber industry. The company later diversified to cultivating palm oil and coca and met with enormous success.

William Middleton Sime

William Middleton Sime was a 37-year-old Scottish adventurer and fortune seeker. He had two failed ventures behind him – one in import-export business and the other in coffee plantations - when he left his job as a mercantile assistant in Singapore.

Henry Darby

Henry Darby was a wealthy 50-year-old English banker who owned property in Northern Malaya.

History

Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad

The company was founded in Singapore in 1821 by Alexander Guthrie: it was the first British trading company in South East Asia. Guthrie introduced rubber and oil palm in Malaysia in 1896 and 1924 respectively.

Golden Hope



In 1905 Harrisons and Crosfield, a British tea and coffee trading company, purchased several small estates in Malaysia for £50,000 and amalgamated them to form the Golden Hope Rubber Estate.

In 1982 Harrisons and Crosfield sold three large plantation groups...
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