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.
  • The Guthrie Group strategically diversified its core business into plantations, property development, manufacturing and services. The Group commenced its property development activity in Bukit Jelutong.
  • Harrisons Malaysian Estates Ltd changed its name to that of its oldest constituent estate, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, to reflect the Malaysianised entity. 
  • Harrisons & Crosfield ventured into the food sector via the acquisition of Kapar Coconut Industries Sdn Bhd.
  • Harrisons Plantations Berhad, a joint venture between PNB and Harrisons & Crosfield is formed to acquire plantation interests of Harrisons Malaysian Estates Ltd. 
  • Pernas Sime Darby acquired the Hertz Rent-A-Car franchise for Malaysia and Brunei.
  • GCL’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. 
  • Tractors Singapore Limited was appointed sole distributor for Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles and parts in Singapore.
  • The Dawn Raid: PNB, through Rowe & Pitman and Khalid Ibrahim, gained control of GCL through the implementation of a dawn raid on GCL shares, bringing GCL under Malaysian control. 
  • Sime Darby Berhad commenced trading on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. 
  • Acquired the remaining shares in China Engineers, making it a wholly owned subsidiary. Incorporation of Consolidated Plantations Berhad which became the Group’s principal vehicle for further expansion in plantations. 
  • Sime Darby Berhad incorporated in Malaysia and set up its head office in Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.
  • GCL transferred plantation interests from UK subsidiaries to Malaysian incorporated companies. Expanded into the Philippines, China and Africa. 
  • Amalgamation of the ‘three sisters’ – Golden Hope, Pataling and London Asiatic, resulting in Harrisons Malaysian Estates Ltd owning a total land bank of 179,000 acres, planted with rubber, oil palm and coconut.
  • Guthrie Corporation Limited (GCL) listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Incorporation of Tractors Malaysia Limited in Singapore. 
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