History

Sime Darby Plantation can trace its roots to as early as the 19th Century, when pioneering English planters established rubber plantations in Malaya. Among those pioneers were Alexander Guthrie, Daniel & Smith Harrison, Joseph Crosfield, Willliam Sime and Henry d'Esterre & Herbert Mitford Darby - founders of three great companies (Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad and Sime Darby Berhad) which merged in 2007 to become the Sime Darby Group.
1896
  • Guthrie & Co accepted agencies for coffee estates in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan which were experimentally planted with rubber.
1895
  • Established the first eastern branch, Lampard, Crosfield & Co in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), marking their entry into the plantation ownership business.
1867
  • Guthrie & Co diversified into the insurance and banking industry and invested in steamship companies.
1860
  • Harrisons & Crosfield established as the third largest tea trader with sales of between 2.5 and 2.75million lbs.
1844
  • Daniel and Smith Harrison and Joseph Crosfield formed a tea and coffee trading partnership called Harrisons & Crosfield in Liverpool, England.
1821
  • Alexander Guthrie established Guthrie & Co in Singapore as one of the first British trading houses in South East Asia. 
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