Taikoo Motors retails Volkswagen passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Taiwan and provides a variety of value-added services to customers, including after-sales maintenance and servicing, and the marketing of certified pre-owned cars.
Trading & Industrial
Swire's trading and industrial activities encompass a wide spectrum of business interests that range from apparel and automotive trading to manufacturing and materials handling.
Swire Resources is a leading distributor and retailer of sports and lifestyle shoes, apparel and accessories in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. The Taikoo Motors group distributes passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as motorcycles in Taiwan. In recent years, the business has expanded to Hong Kong and Malaysia. Swire has been involved in paint production since the 1930s and today manufactures paint in Mainland China as a joint venture with Akzo Nobel. Through its subsidiary Steamships Trading Company, Swire has an interest in the manufacture and distribution of personal care items in Papua New Guinea.
The Swire group has major bulk transport operations in Australia and has strategic investments in various sustainable businesses. Swire subsidiary Kalari operates specialised bulk and low-density storage and distribution services throughout Australia for some of the country's best-known manufacturers and mining companies. In Papua New Guinea, East West Transport is one of the country's leading providers of long-haul transport services. Swire operates major waste handling and recycling services in Australia, where subsidiary Alex Fraser is the country's leading construction and demolition waste recycling expert.
Bel Air Limited
Wholly owned Taikoo Motors subsidiary Bel Air distributes Volkswagen LCV special purpose vehicles in Taiwan, specialising in the conversion of wheelchair accessible vehicles and ambulances.
Biao Da Motors Limited
Biao Da Motors is the authorised dealer for Mazda passenger cars in Taipei, Taiwan.
Taikoo Commercial Vehicles is the importer of Volvo buses and distributor of Volvo trucks and UD trucks in Taiwan. The company operates four major sales and service centres and is supported by a network of 14 authorised workshops. The company also operates a multi-brand heavy-duty vehicle assembly plant for Volvo trucks, buses and UD trucks in Hsinchu County.
International Automobiles Limited
International Automobiles is the exclusive importer in Hong Kong and Macau for Volvo and UD trucks as well as the official dealer for Volvo buses. The company is also the distributor for Fiat, Fiat Professional, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Jeep in Hong Kong and Macau.
Swire Resources acts as the holding company for the group's extensive retail and wholesale interests in sports and lifestyle footwear, apparel and related accessories in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau. The company operates over 200 retail outlets consisting of single brand concept stores and shop-in-shops, as well as multi-brand sports, outdoor and casual retail chains: Marathon Sports, GigaSports, Go Wild, CATALOG, and d2r.
Swire Resources holds exclusive distribution rights and licensing rights for a number of leading sports and casual shoes and lifestyle brands such as Arena, Cath Kidston, Chevignon, Columbia, Emu, Jockey, Mountain Hardwear, Repetto, Rockport, Soludos, Speedo and Teva.
Swire Resources (Shanghai) Trading Company Limited
Swire Resources markets branded lifestyle footwear and apparel in Mainland China, and is the exclusive distributor for Chevignon and Repetto. The company operates direct retail stores for the brands, as well as its own retail chain, CATALOG, in leading cities.
Swire Brands Limited
Established in 2013, Swire Brands holds interest in the attributable results from Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai) Company Limited, a joint venture between Swire and Columbia in Mainland China. The company also holds a minority interest in Rebecca Minkoff Holding Company LLC, which owns the US-based leading lifestyle brand, Rebecca Minkoff.
Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai) Company Limited
This joint venture was established between Swire and the Columbia Sportswear Company to distribute Columbia products in Mainland China, with the aim of capturing growth opportunities for these brands through joint investment and marketing.
Intermarket Agencies (Far East) Limited
This company is a joint venture between Swire Resources and the UK's Pentland Group, and distributes Speedo swimwear in Hong Kong.
In 1990, Swire Pacific's paint manufacturing and marketing business in Hong Kong merged with one of the world's largest and most renowned paint producers, ICI, to form ICI Swire Paints Limited. The company was renamed after the acquisition of ICI by Akzo Nobel in 2008. The business covers Hong Kong and Mainland China markets, with Swire Pacific holding 40% of the joint venture. Akzo Nobel Swire Paints has plants in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Langfang and Chengdu, and produces a wide range of products under the internationally renowned Dulux brand.
Wholly owned Kalari provides specialised bulk logistics services for a number of Australia's leading mining and related manufacturing businesses. Kalari is renowned for its excellent track record in safety and compliance assurance, and is widely recognised as an innovative, class-leading logistics operator and manager.
With its fleet of 185 specialised vehicles throughout Australia, the company is equipped to handle and haul a variety of bulk products requiring specialised handling. These products include cement and lime, mineral sands, process ore concentrates, ammonium nitrate, sulphur and sulphuric acid, caustic soda, and other bulk dangerous goods.
Steamships Trading Company's Transport Division, East West Transport, has depots in major Papua New Guinea centres. The Division specialises in general town deliveries, fuel distribution and long-haul freight contracts. Manufactured goods and project cargo are handled through its main depots in Port Moresby and Lae. The Division transports fuel for major oil companies, in addition to consumer goods, mining equipment and other finished products, to various locations around the country.
Swire subsidiary, Alex Fraser, is Australia's leading recycler of construction and demolition (C&D) materials, with a longstanding reputation as one of the country's foremost industrial demolition specialists. The company produces innovative, high-performance recycled materials that are used in a wide range of applications for some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects. The company also deals in scrap metals and materials salvage.
Since pioneering the reuse of C&D waste in Australia in 1987, Alex Fraser has expanded its operations to include eight plants across Melbourne, Brisbane and Port Kembla – and to date has recycled and sold over 40 million tonnes of C&D materials.
Swire Industrial Services Pty Limited
This company manages the waste handling and steel processing services formerly operated by Transwest Haulage Holdings Pty Limited. Its operations include contracts for the collection and disposal of dry and liquid industrial and domestic waste, and specialised scrap steel collection and recycling.
John Swire & Sons Pty Limited wholly owns HSE Mining, a leading specialist provider of large-scale complex mining services to Australia’s major mining companies. Based from offices in Perth and Brisbane, HSE Mining provides open cut earthworks, rehabilitation, and civil infrastructure works, in addition to offering a rental fleet of large-scale, ultra-class and ancillary earthmoving equipment.
Purestream Services, LLC
A wholly owned subsidiary of Swire since 2016, Purestream Services is a leading provider of integrated water treatment solutions to the oil and gas and power generation industries in North America, as well as to other water-intensive industries. The company offers multiple highly-efficient water treatment solutions that remove total suspended solids and total dissolved solids.
Acquired in 2013 by John Swire & Sons (Green Investments) Limited, a wholly owned Swire group subsidiary, Argent Energy pioneered large-scale commercial biodiesel production in the UK. The Scottish company produces biodiesel and biofuel from waste such as used cooking oil, animal fats and sewer grease, which is sold into the international bulk market and UK road transport market. Argent will be opening a new £75 million biodiesel refinery at Ellesmere Port in early 2017.
Swire Waste Management Limited
Swire Waste Management is a joint venture between Swire Pacific and Waste Management Inc., the largest solid waste services provider in North America. Swire Waste Management Limited currently holds two operating contracts to provide waste management services to the Hong Kong Government. The Outlying Islands Transfer Facilities Follow-On Contract commenced in 2013 and involves operating seven marine-based transfer facilities on Hong Kong’s outlying islands. In September 2016, Swire Waste Management began operating the land-based North West New Territories Refuse Transfer Station. Both contracts are for ten years and Swire Waste Management seeks to add more refuse transfer and landfill contracts for the Hong Kong Government in the future.
In 2013, Swire Pacific has made a strategic investment in Green Biologics, a UK-based emerging biotechnology developer with offices, laboratories and pilot facilities in Oxfordshire, the UK, and Ohio in the US. Founded in 2003, Green Biologics specialises in manufacturing renewable C4 chemicals and advanced biofuels. The company's core focus is n-butanol, a chemical precursor for paints, coatings, adhesives, inks, plastics, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, household cleaners and personal care products. It has developed advanced fermentation technology to produce renewable n-butanol from a wide range of second generation feed stocks, including organic residuals from the agricultural and forestry industries, and municipal solid waste.
In 2013, Swire Pacific acquired a minority stake in NanoSpun Technologies, a company which focuses on the development of smart fibres, fabricated using innovative, cutting-edge and proprietary nanotechnology processes. The company produces micro/nano-structured fibres/mats and products that are environmentally-friendly, highly-efficient, cost-effective and easy to use, for a variety of industries and applications. These applications include biologically-based water, wastewater, oil spills and petroleum products treatment, clean energy applications, medical, and health products.
In 2014, Swire Pacific acquired a minority stake in Avantium, a technology company which specialises in high-throughput, advanced catalytic research. The company's YXY technology platform enables it to catalytically convert renewable plant-based materials into bio-based chemicals and bioplastics. Avantium's lead application, polyethylene-furanoate (PEF), is a novel 100% bio-based polyester, which has enhanced properties compared to conventional packaging materials, enabling new packaging innovations. It aims to replace polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) as a bio-based plastic for a range of applications including bottles, film and fibres.
Wholly owned by Cathay Pacific Airways, Vogue Laundry has a client base of international airlines and hotels, and many well-known clubs and institutions in Hong Kong. The company is currently constructing a new plant to assist with its long-term business expansion. The new plant will become Asia's largest single-site laundry and will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2017.
China Pacific Laundry Services Limited
This linen and garment-laundering specialist is a joint venture between Swire Pacific (45%) and China Airlines (55%). Its large, modern facilities near Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, serve a rapidly expanding customer base that includes international airlines, hotels and clubs.