() 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
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 was a wealthy 50-year-old English banker who owned property in Northern Malaya
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.
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... Read More