The Sime Darby of today is founded on centuries of heritage.
Almost 200 years ago, pioneering English planters established rubber plantations in Malaya, most of which were later converted to oil palm. Among those pioneers were Alexander Guthrie, Daniel and Smith Harrison, Joseph Crosfield, William Sime and Henry d’Esterre and Herbert Mitford Darby - founders of three great companies that today live on in Sime Darby Berhad.
Alexander Guthrie founded Guthrie & Co. in 1821 as one of the first British trading enterprises in South East Asia. Daniel and Smith Harrison and their friend Joseph Crosfield, on the other hand, formed a tea and coffee trading partnership called Harrisons & Crosfield in England in 1844. Sime Darby came to be when European businessmen William Sime, Henry d’Esterre Darby and Herbert Mitford Darby established Sime, Darby & Co. in 1910.
The Sime Darby brand is more than 100 years old though the company bears little resemblance to the small outfit that started life in Malacca in 1910. It is the legacies of all three companies that very much make up today’s Sime Darby.
Below are timelines of the entities that started off as Harrisons & Crosfield, Guthrie & Co. and Sime, Darby & Co. These three entities merged in November 2007 to form the Sime Darby of today.
23 November 2006
- Sime Darby, Guthrie and Golden Hope suspended trading of their shares and those of their subsidiaries on Bursa Malaysia, pending the outcome of a change in business direction.
Synergy Drive Sdn Bhd announced the plan to merge Sime Darby, Guthrie and Golden Hope.
30 November 2007 - Synergy Drive re-entered the stock market under the name of Sime Darby with a market capitalisation of RM59.5 billion – nearly 80% more than its original RM31.6 billion at the start of the merger process.
Today - Sime Darby is Malaysia’s leading diversified multinational with over 100,000 employees and interests in over 20 countries focusing on five core businesses namely plantation, property, industrial equipment, motors and energy & utilities, with healthcare as a growing business.
Centennial Exhibition and Epic Painting
The one of a kind Epic Painting and Centennial Exhibition was held at Wisma Sime Darby from 1st December 2010 to 28 February 2011.
The Exhibition featured historical memorabilia, archival photographs and iconic exhibits that showcase the business, heritage and journey of the three companies that have made the Group into what it is today. Some nice corners have been created to relive our rubber estates as well as our first godowns or warehouses.
To chronicle the milestones of the Group from the early years to present day, a 9ft x 50ft Epic Painting was produced. Three well known Malaysian artists were engaged to produce the Epic Painting, namely; Ahmad Fuad Osman, Anurendra Jegadeva and Chuah Chong Yong. The artists have been hard at work since mid 2009 and visitors had the chance to see them putting the final touches to the painting live, during the three months of the exhibition.
On 2 February 2011, to mark the Centennial and upon completion of the Epic Painting, the Centennial Exhibition and Epic Painting was opened and launched by Tun Musa, Chairman of Sime Darby.
The Exhibition was displayed at the Ground Floor and Mezzanine not only for Sime Darby employees, but also the public at large. Open from Mondays to Fridays at working hours, it received overwhelming responses with visitors numbering to the thousands.
Press Releases on the Launch of the Centennial Exhibition and Epic Painting:
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