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.