Coffee Table Book

Futures Made Better: Sime Darby at 110


Chronicling the history and evolution of Sime Darby

From its humble beginnings as Sime, Darby & Co., Ltd., an estate agency managing rubber plantations, Sime Darby Berhad is today a multinational with operations across 19 countries and a partner of choice for some of the world’s admired brands. 

Having survived two World Wars and the eclipse of the British Empire to flourish in an independent Malaysia, Sime Darby has continued to thrive to become one of Malaysia’s largest multinationals and one of its most recognised brands today.

110 Years

“In every port of consequence” – From rubber to much more

A Sime, Darby & Co., Ltd. advertisement, circa 1953.

Sime Darby Berhad is one of the few remaining corporations in the world that can trace
direct descent from the British colonial “Agency House”. These mercantile institutions originated in the 1700s to allow “free traders” restricted access to markets dominated by the East India Company, and traders made their fortunes by acting as import and distribution agents for British products in the colonies, as well as by exporting goods manufactured
in the colonies to Britain and eventually the rest of the world.

-excerpt from Futures Made Better: Sime Darby at 110

Futures Made Better
Chairman's Foreword

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this chronicle of Sime Darby’s history, in conjunction with the 110th anniversary of the company’s establishment.


The Edge

Our GCEO, Dato' Jeffri Salim Davidson, talks to Options of The Edge Malaysia, about the making of the Futures Made Better: Sime Darby at 110 coffee table book. 

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Our History

Sime, Darby & Co., Ltd., founded by William Middleton Sime, Herbert Mitford Darby and Henry d’Esterre Darby, came into being on 1 October 1910, through the merger of two smaller firms
of plantation managers: Sime and Moorhouse, and Darby and Watson.