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History

  • 2017

    Transformation of Sime Darby Berhad from a conglomerate to three independent entities: Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, Sime Darby Property Berhad, and Sime Darby Berhad (consisting of Industrial, Motors, Logistics, Healthcare, and other businesses).

  • 2017

    Sime Darby Motors added the Fiat and Alfa Romeo marques with the acquisition of a dealership in Brisbane, Australia.

  • 2017

    Sime Darby and French Group ENGIE formed partnership to develop solar energy and integrated facilities management services in Malaysia.

  • 2016

    Terberg Tractors Malaysia Sdn Bhd (TTM) awarded an RM88 million contract by Westports Malaysia to strengthen its terminal tractors fleet.

  • 2015

    Tractors Singapore Limited expanded Cat machine coverage in Maldives with appointment of second level distributor by Maldives Transport and Contracting Company Plc.

  • 2015

    China Engineers Limited opened its new provincial headquarters in Fujian, China.

  • 2014

    Sime Darby Motors entered into a joint venture with Sisma Auto Sdn Bhd and obtained sole distributorship and dealership of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in Malaysia.

  • 2014

    Sime Darby Motors acquired Brisbane BMW Group in Australia.

  • 2014

    Terberg Tractors Malaysia appointed 11 Territory Dealers across Asia Pacific.

  • 2013

    Sime Darby Motors was appointed as sole distributor and dealer of McLaren vehicles in Malaysia.

  • 2013

    McLaren began operations in Shanghai and Malaysia.

  • 2013

    Inokom commenced assembly of Mazda vehicles for export to Thailand.

  • 2013

    Sime Darby Motors, the automotive arm of Sime Darby Berhad, signed agreements to clinch its first BMW dealership in Australia, making its entry into the luxury market in Australia.

  • 2013

    Sime Darby Berhad and Ramsay Health Care Limited entered into a joint venture to expand their healthcare businesses. The new company (Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care) is equally owned by Ramsay and Sime Darby.

  • 2012

    Rolls-Royce’s Macau dealership commenced operations.
    Sime Darby Motors Thailand expanded its retail operation for Ford.

  • 2011

    The McLaren brand joined the list of luxury marques under Sime Darby Motors business in Hong Kong.

  • 2011

    Caterpillar acquired Bucyrus in December 2011. Hastings Deering became the first Cat dealer in the world to sell, service, and support the new range of Caterpillar underground and surface mining equipment.

  • 2010

    Sime Darby Motors added the Jaguar and Land Rover marques to its retail business in China.

  • 2010

    Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn Bhd commenced operations as the distributor and retailer of Porsche branded motor vehicles, spare parts, and accessories including provision of related services in Malaysia.

  • 2010

    Sime Darby Motors became the retailer of Lamborghini vehicles in China.

  • 2009

    Sime Darby Hyundai Sdn Bhd acquired the remaining 60% equity interest in Oriental-Hyundai Sdn Bhd, making it a subsidiary Sime Darby Berhad.

  • 2008

    Sime Darby expands into Transportation and Installation (T&I) services for the Oil & Gas sector via joint venture company, Sime Darby T&I Sdn Bhd.

  • 2008

    Sime Darby brings together its healthcare businesses, namely the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC), Megah Medical Specialists Group, and the SJMC Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences under one division.

  • 2007

    Sime Darby Industrial was formed. Tractors Singapore Limited and several other Cat dealers formed a joint venture, APAC Energy Rental Pte Ltd, to operate generator set rentals in the region.

  • 2007

    The newly joined Sime Darby, Guthrie, and Golden Hope re-entered the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange 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.

  • 2006

    Sime Darby Group’s restructuring exercises resulted in the consolidation of the heavy equipment business under the Group.

  • 2006

    Tractors Malaysia was de-listed from Bursa Malaysia.

  • 2006

    Plans to merge Sime Darby, Guthrie, and Golden Hope announced.

  • 2005

    Sime Darby Motors finalised the acquisition of Hyundai businesses in Malaysia from Berjaya Group, adding the Hyundai brand to its marques.

  • 2004

    Sime Darby Motors in New Zealand invested in the truck business involving the distribution of Mack, Renault, and Hino brands. The investment added new brands to the group’s retail business which included Nissan, Mitsubishi, Kia, and Suzuki.

  • 2003

    Sime Darby Hong Kong Ltd was renamed Sime Darby China Ltd and its regional headquarters was relocated from Hong Kong to Beijing, China.

  • 2003

    Rationalisation by Golden Hope with the disposal of its property development interests, except for Negara Properties Berhad.

  • 2003

    BMW Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between the BMW Group and Auto Bavaria Sdn Bhd, was officially established.

  • 2002

    Sime Darby Australia Ltd acquired the Corefleet business.

  • 2002

    China Engineers Limited was appointed as a Cat dealer in the Xinjiang Region in China.

  • 2001

    Tractors Singapore Limited became the first Caterpillar dealer in Asia to open a Cat Rental Store.

  • 2000

    Caterpillar Inc assigned the service territory of Maldives to Tractors Singapore Limited.

  • 2000

    Hastings Deering acquired Caltrac, the Cat dealer in New Caledonia.

  • 2000

    Sime Darby and Tesco signed an agreement to set up a chain of hypermarkets in Malaysia, with Sime Darby taking up 30% share.

  • 1999

    China Engineers Limited appointed Caterpillar representatives in Hunan, Jiangxi, and Fujian.

  • 1999

    Tractors Malaysia’s headquarters moved to the Tractors Engineering Complex, Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • 1998

    Sime Darby’s foray into the New Zealand automotive market began with an 80% acquisition of Continental Car Services Ltd, a multi-franchise dealership based in Auckland.

  • 1994

    Sime Darby Motors entered China with the acquisition of distribution rights for the BMW motor vehicle franchise in the Guangdong and Hainan provinces.

  • 1992

    Sime Darby acquired the Hastings Deerings Caterpillar dealership for Queensland, Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

  • 1991

    The first Malaysian-assembled BMW 730iL rolled out of the Associated Motor Industries plant, making Auto Bavaria the first BMW importer to assemble the vehicle outside Germany.

  • 1990

    Harrisons Malaysian Estates Ltd changed its name to that of its oldest constituent estate, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, to reflect the Malaysianised entity.

  • 1989

    Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

  • 1987

    Sime Darby Hong Kong Ltd acquired sole distributorship rights for the BMW motor vehicle franchise in Hong Kong and Macau.

  • 1987

    Auto Bavaria Sdn Bhd, a member of the Pernas Sime Darby Group, was appointed as the authorised sole importer and distributor of BMW products in Malaysia.

  • 1985

    Sime Darby Berhad moved to new headquarters at Wisma Sime Darby.

  • 1984

    Tractors Malaysia began manufacturing and assembly operations.

  • 1983

    Tractors Singapore Limited became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sime Singapore Limited and gained Independent Caterpillar dealership status.

  • 1982

    China Engineers Limited is appointed as a Cat dealer in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan province.

  • 1982

    Pernas Sime Darby acquired the Hertz Rent-A-Car franchise for Malaysia and Brunei.

  • 1982

    Guthrie Corporation Limited's plantation interests came home to Malaysia. Plantation assets in Malaysia and overseas together with the marketing and distribution network companies in the UK and the US were transferred to Kumpulan Guthrie Sdn Bhd.

  • 1982

    Harrisons Plantations Berhad, a joint venture between PNB and Harrisons & Crosfield, was formed to acquire plantation interests of Harrisons Malaysian Estates Ltd.

  • 1981

    Land Rover Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the sole franchise holder in Malaysia and Brunei, was set up by Pernas Sime Darby Holdings and Land Rover Ltd of the UK.

  • 1981

    Tractors Singapore Ltd was appointed sole distributor of Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles and parts in Singapore. It also became the franchise holder for Ford passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Singapore.

  • 1981

    The Dawn Raid: Permodalan Nasional Berhad, through Rowe & Pitman and Khalid Ibrahim, gained control of Guthrie Corporation Limited (GCL) through the implementation of a dawn raid on GCL shares, bringing GCL under Malaysian control.

  • 1980

    Sime Darby Berhad commenced trading on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

  • 1979

    Performance Motors Ltd gained dealership rights of BMW cars and motorcycles in Singapore.

  • 1979

    Sime Darby Berhad acquired the remaining shares in China Engineers, making it a wholly owned subsidiary. The incorporation of Consolidated Plantations Berhad became the Group’s principal vehicle for further expansion in plantations.

  • 1978

    Sime Darby Berhad was incorporated in Malaysia and set up its head office in Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.

  • 1977

    Amalgamation of the ‘three sisters’ – Golden Hope, Pataling and London Asiatic – resulted in Harrisons Malaysian Estates Ltd, owning a total land bank of 179,000 acres planted with rubber, oil palm, and coconut.

  • 1977

    Guthrie Corporation Limited transferred its plantation interests from UK subsidiaries to Malaysian incorporated companies and expanded to the Philippines, China, and Africa.

  • 1976

    Sime, Darby & Co sees the departure of foreign directors from the Group and its first Asian management with the appointment of Tun Tan Siew Sin as Chairman.

  • 1972

    Sime Darby Motors acquired BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd, the sole importer and distributor of BMW cars and motorcycles in Hong Kong and Macau.

  • 1972

    China Engineers Limited became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Berhad.

  • 1972

    Tractors relocated to Malaysia after the formation of joint trading company, Pernas Sime Darby.

  • 1968

    Tractors Malaysia Berhad's head office moved to Kuala Lumpur and is listed on the stock exchange.

  • 1967

    Joint venture with the Australian Government for entry into the virtually uninhabited Papua New Guinea.

  • 1964

    Tractors Malaysia Limited was established in Singapore.

  • 1960

    Kumpulan Guthrie Sdn Bhd was incorporated to serve as the local agent for Guthrie Estates Agency Ltd to manage the vast holdings. Diversified into oil palm.

  • 1945

    World War 2: London headquarters at Great Tower Street is engulfed in flames due to enemy aircraft activity. The rubber trade is under threat due to the creation of synthetic rubber, which led to commercialisation of the oil palm.

  • 1942

    World War 2: All operations of Sime Darby & Co branches in Malaya were transferred to Singapore due to war.

  • 1941

    World War 2: First bomb in Singapore landed on the roof of 6 Battery Road, the headquarters of Messrs Guthrie and Company.

  • 1936

    Sime Darby & Co moved headquarters from Malacca to Singapore.

  • 1930

    Sime Darby & Co opened its first office in Kuala Lumpur, located along the present-day Jalan Tun H.S. Lee (formerly High Street).

  • 1929

    Sime Darby, through Sarawak Trading Company, was appointed as a Caterpillar dealer for Sarawak.

  • 1928

    The ‘three sisters’ – Golden Hope, Pataling and London Asiatic – were created through mergers and acquisitions.

  • 1926

    Shaw, Darby and Co, a conglomerate based in London, was formed with profitable interests ranging from the far to middle East and Africa.

  • 1920

    Guthrie & Co acquired property at Mengkibol, Johor that had been planted with Elaeis guinaeensis, the African oil palm. Established the first hydraulic press system at the factory.

  • 1916

    Sime, Darby & Co becomes agent and secretary for five rubber plantations with a total of 12,437 acres. Sime Darby & Co. diversified into timber, preservatives, and motor insurance.

  • 1912

    Guthrie becomes agent for estates in Borneo and Sumatra, as well as for insurance companies, banks, motorcycles, motor cars, and the Singapore Electric Tramway Company.

  • 1910

    William Middleton Sime, Henry d’Esterre Darby, and Herbert Milford Darby founded Sime Darby & Co in Malacca.