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, certified pre-owned cars, and tyre servicing. The company acquired the Audi dealership in the Greater Taipei area in June 2015.
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 group has major bulk transport operations in Australia and has strategic investments in various sustainable businesses. Swire Resources is a major distributor and retailer of sports and lifestyle shoes, apparel and accessories in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. The Taikoo Motors group is a leading dealer of passenger and commercial vehicles, as well as a distributor of motorcycles in Taiwan. In recent years, the business has expanded to Hong Kong, Mainland China and Malaysia. Swire group has also 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 also has an interest in the manufacture and distribution of personal care items in Papua New Guinea. 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 light commercial vehicles (LCV) in Taiwan, specialising in the conversion of vehicles and ambulances.
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 Abarth, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep passenger cars, as well as Volvo and UD Trucks. The company is also the official dealer for Volvo Buses and the distributor for Fiat Professional commercial vehicles in Hong Kong and Macau.
Shenzhen Honour Automobiles Limited
Shenzhen Honour Automobiles is the authorised dealer of Volvo Trucks in the Eastern Guangdong market. The company operates one 4S centre in Shenzhen Nanshan district and also provides on-site service for key fleets like Deppon.
Swire Motorcycle Sales and Services (Fujian) Limited
Swire Motorcycle Sales and Services (Fujian) is the official dealer of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Fuzhou.
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 and casual retail chains: Marathon Sports, GigaSports, 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 Aerosoles, Arena, Cath Kidston, Chevignon, Columbia, 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 further 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 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, Hebei and Chengdu, and produces a wide range of products under the well-recognised brand "Dulux".
Wholly owned Kalari provides specialised bulk logistics services for a number of Australia's leading mining and related manufacturing businesses. Kalari is highly trusted 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 centres around Papua New Guinea, including Port Moresby and Lae. The Division specialises in general town deliveries, fuel distribution and long-haul freight contracts. Manufactured goods and project cargo are handled through major 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 leading 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 and expands 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 the HSE Mining, a mid-sized mining services and large equipment rental business with offices in Perth and Brisbane. Having operated as a small-scale earthmoving business since 1991, HSE has progressively expanded its area of operations to larger and more complex projects for Australia's major mining companies. HSE provides open cut earthworks, rehabilitation, and civil infrastructure works, in addition to offering an extensive rental fleet of earthmoving equipment.
Swire Water Solutions, Inc.
Wholly owned by Swire, Swire Water Solutions is a leading provider of complete water solutions for the oil and gas onshore industry in North America. The company offers services ranging from water sourcing, water transfer and water storage, to hydration of polymers for hydraulic fracturing, water heating, and water treating and reclamation.
Acquired in 2013 by John Swire & Sons (Green Investments) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swire, 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.
Swire Waste Management Limited
Swire Waste Management is a 50:50 joint venture with Waste Management Inc., which seeks waste management contracts and provides waste management services to seven outlying islands in Hong Kong. In July 2016, Swire Waste Management was awarded a 10 year contract to operate the North West New Territories Refuse Transfer Station. The contract will begin in the second half of 2016.
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.
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.
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. This new plant will become Asia's largest single-site laundry plant and will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2017.