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1816
Where it all began
Corporate
John Swire (1793-1847)
The port of Liverpool in the 19th century.
John Swire (1793-1847) founded an import-export business in Liverpool, UK.
1847
The sons take the reins
Corporate
John Samuel Swire in 1886
William Hudson Swire (1830-1884)
John Swire died and left the business to his sons, John Samuel Swire (1825-1898) and William Hudson Swire (1830-1884) and it was later renamed John Swire & Sons. John Samuel Swire took the company overseas and laid the foundations of what we are today.
1854
Australia-bound
Corporate
John Samuel Swire sailed to Australia and established Swire Bros. in Melbourne to import a range of goods, from fencing wire and cement to olive oil and Guinness. He returned to Liverpool in 1858.
1861
Entering the China trade
Corporate
John Samuel Swire began to trade with China after the outbreak of the American Civil War started to disrupt imports of raw cotton from the Southern States – a mainstay of his trade at this time.
1866
Formation of Butterfield & Swire
Corporate
Newspaper announcement published in 1866 when Butterfield & Swire was opened.
Blue Funnel
Photograph of Shanghai office in 1908
John Samuel Swire established Butterfield & Swire in Shanghai, in partnership with Richard Shackleton Butterfield. Initially trading in tea and silk and British imports of cotton and woollen “piece goods”, Butterfield & Swire also became an agent in China for a number of UK businesses, including leading insurance and shipping companies – most notably, the Blue Funnel Line, for which Swire was Far Eastern manager for over 120 years. In keeping with local tradition, John Samuel Swire chose a Chinese "hong" name for the company, and it is by the name Taikoo (太古) - meaning "Great and Ancient" – that Swire is most widely known in Asia today.
1867
Butterfield & Swire opens a branch office in Yokohama
Corporate
Butterfield & Swire office in Yokohama in 1880s.
Butterfield and Swire's Yokohama office c. 1930.
1868
London headquarters
Corporate
John Swire & Sons transferred its head office to London and John Samuel Swire dissolved his partnership with R.S. Butterfield. Nevertheless, Swire’s Asian offices kept the name Butterfield & Swire into the 1970s.
1870
Butterfield & Swire opens a branch office in Hong Kong
Corporate
Hong Kong office on the Praya, No.1 Connaught Road in 1900s
Postcard of Hong Kong office on the Praya, Chater Road in 1900s
1872
Paddle Steamers on the Yangtze
Corporate
Marine Services
CNCo postcard showing Yangtze steamer, Kinling, launched in 1904
Painting of Tunsin
Yangtze Gorge travel poster in 1930s
CNCo steamship schedule in 1937
John Swire & Sons established The China Navigation Company ("CNCo"), initially operating Mississippi-style paddle steamers on China's Yangtze River - a vital link with the country's interior at a time when there were few roads. CNCo's vessel, Tunsin, was the first of many to sail under the CNCo flag. Within a few years, the company was also operating ships on the China coast, before spreading its network of services further afield to Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia.
1882
Swire Banknotes
Corporate
Banknotes of Taikoo Tsng or “Swire Bank”
Butterfield & Swire opened an office in Shantou. The first Taikoo Tsng or “Swire Bank” notes went into circulation at the port in the same year.
1882
Breaking ground on a new sugar refinery
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
Construction of Taikoo Sugar Refinery in 1882
Taikoo Sugar Refinery in 1889
Print of Taikoo Sugar Refinery in 1884
Taikoo Sugar sample packaging in the 20th century
Taikoo Sugar delivery van in 1950s
The shipping business gave rise to other new ventures. Encouraged by China Navigation's growing trade in raw cane sugar from Java and the Philippines and ready markets in China and Japan, Butterfield & Swire acquired a sizeable plot of waterfront land at Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island and incorporated Tai-koo Sugar Ltd. Work soon commenced on the Taikoo Sugar Refinery, which went into production in 1884. In its day, this company ran one of the world's largest and most sophisticated plants.
1898
James Henry Scott (1845-1912) becomes Senior Partner of John Swire & Sons
Corporate
1907
Opening of Taikoo Dockyard
Corporate
Marine Services
“Shasi”, the first steamer built by Taikoo dockyard was launched in 1910.
Taikoo Dockyard in 1919
Taikoo Dockyard in 1920
Taikoo Dockyard in 1948
The need for a reliable repair facility for both Blue Funnel and China Navigation Company fleets prompted the construction of the Taikoo Dockyard in Hong Kong. It literally entailed moving a mountain: 1,600,000 cubic yards of granite hillside was levelled and used to reclaim 20 acres from the harbour at Quarry Bay, creating a total flat area of more than 52 acres and over half a mile of deep-water berths. Boasting Hong Kong's largest supply of electrical power, its most extensive machine shops and a dry-dock capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world, Taikoo would go on to become one of Hong Kong's biggest, and one of its most progressive employers.
1910-40
Marine expansion
Corporate
Marine Services
Trading & Industrial
John “Jack” Swire (1861-1933)
Warren Swire (1883-1949)
This period saw considerable expansion of Swire's marine business under the Chairmanship of John Samuel Swire's two sons, John - known as "Jack" (1861-1933), who took over following the death of James Henry Scott in 1912, and (George) Warren Swire (1883-1949), who became Chairman in 1927. Further new business ventures included a tug and lighter company on the Heiho River at Tianjin, and the establishment of one of Shanghai's leading paint manufacturers, Orient Paint, in 1933.
1941-1945
Costs of war
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
Marine Services
An air raid by allied bombers over Taikoo Dockyard in January 1945
World War II very nearly destroyed Swire. The Yangtze River was closed to foreign shipping from 1942 and increasing restrictions on shipping on the China coast foreshadowed the firm’s gradual withdrawal from Mainland China. By 1945, the Taikoo Sugar Refinery and Taikoo Dockyard had been reduced to rubble during bombing raids on Hong Kong, more than 30 China Navigation vessels had been captured or sunk, and company properties throughout the region had been destroyed or looted.
1946
Rebuilding post-war
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
Marine Services
John Kidston Swire (1893-1983)
John Kidston Swire with CX pilots
CNCo route map in 1950s
Jack Swire's son, John Kidston Swire (1893-1983), known as “Jock”, became Chairman of Swire. Under his leadership, Swire rebuilt its key operational businesses. By 1950, Taikoo Sugar and Taikoo Dockyard were back in full production. With Hong Kong as its home port, China Navigation began to establish new services to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Its growing network of Pacific Rim services established the pattern for the liner trades in which the company participates to this day.
1946
A return to trading
Trading & Industrial
A selection of products under the joint venture
Butterfield & Swire and Maclaine Watson & Co. formed a Hong Kong-based trading joint venture, Swire & Maclaine. Swire’s return to general trading capitalised on the post-war shortages of every sort of commodity in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
1947
An aviation opportunity
Corporate
Aviation
Swire establishes PAMAS in Hong Kong
PAMAS engine test unit
PAMAS technicians
Recognising that air transport was the key to the future, Jock Swire used Taikoo Dockyard's engineering skills to develop an aircraft repair and maintenance facility, Pacific Air Maintenance and Supply Company ("PAMAS"), at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Airfield.
1948
Taking to the skies
Corporate
Aviation
Betsy, 1947
Betsy, 1983
Cathay Pacific’s printed advertisement in 1950s
The Beatles arrived in Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific Convair 880-M in 1966.
Swire acquired a 45% shareholding in a local airline, Cathay Pacific Airways. By this time, the airline had grown from its original single US Army surplus DC3 (“Dakota”), “Betsy”, to a fleet of six DC3s and a Catalina flying boat. The growth of Hong Kong's airline was to become Jock Swire's special pride.
1948
A Hong Kong paint business
Corporate
Trading & Industrial
Orient Paint merges with Duro Paint Manufacturing and relocates to Hong Kong.
Swire's Shanghai paint manufacturing business, Orient Paint, transferred to Hong Kong and merged with Duro Paint Manufacturing under the name Swire Duro.
1950
HAECO is born
Corporate
Aviation
HAECO at Kai Tak Airport in 1950s
HAECO hangar at Kai Tak Airport, shortly after it was founded by merger of Jardines and PAMAS
Pacific Air Maintenance and Supply Company merged with Jardine Air Maintenance Company to form Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (“HAECO”) - today one of the world's leaders in its field.
1952-58
Diversifying in Australia
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
Swire re-established headquarters in Australia and began to invest in the road haulage and cold storage sectors, commencing with freezer transport company, Frigmobile, which was by that time the country’s leading refrigerated truck operator.
1959
Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. is floated on the Hong Kong stock market
Corporate
Marine Services
1959
A regional airline
Aviation
L188 Electra, 1958
L188 Electra over Hong Kong, 1959
Cathay Pacific Airways absorbed rival Hong Kong Airways, gaining northbound traffic rights to Taiwan Region and Japan. It was a milestone year for Cathay Pacific: now truly a regional carrier, the airline inaugurated a scheduled service to Sydney with its first turboprop aircraft, the Lockheed L188 Electra.
1965
Ventures in bottling
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
One of Hong Kong’s first Coca-Cola trucks
Coca-Cola delivery truck in Hong Kong in 1950s
An advertisement of Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong published in 1957
Tsuen Wan bottling plant in 1970s
Swire purchased Hong Kong Bottlers Federal Inc., an American-owned business that held the franchise to bottle Coca-Cola in Hong Kong. At that time, Hong Kong Bottlers’ output was 104 million bottles annually. Today, Swire is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world, serving a franchise population of over 470 million in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan Region and the USA.
1966
John Anthony Swire (1927-2016) becomes Chairman of the Swire group
Corporate
1972
Rationalisation
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
Marine Services
Taikoo Dockyard’s facilities on Hong Kong Island had been outgrown by the advent of large modern container ships. Swire took the decision to amalgamate with rival Hongkong & Whampoa Dock Company, forming Hongkong United Dockyards (“HUD Group”), which established premises at Hong Kong’s new container port in Kwai Chung. In the same year, Taikoo Sugar closed its refinery to concentrate on sugar products and packaging; it remains Hong Kong’s favourite sugar brand.
1972
Building blocks
Corporate
Property
Construction of first phase of Taikoo Shing in 1978
Home buyers crowd into the Taikoo Shing sales office in Union House on the day the marketing campaign began.
The closure of Taikoo Sugar Refinery and Taikoo Dockyard released a vast acreage of land in the Quarry Bay district of Hong Kong. A new company, Swire Properties, was incorporated to create a new urban landscape in the area - today known as Taikoo Place & Cityplaza - beginning with Taikoo Shing (“Swire City”), Hong Kong Island’s first private residential estate, and the retail/office complex Cityplaza (its underground car park formed from the old Taikoo dry-dock). These were to be the first of an extensive portfolio of “mixed-use” properties developed and managed by Swire Properties.
1974
The birth of Swire Pacific
Corporate
Taikoo Swire, the shell public company left behind by the closure of Taikoo Dockyard, was renamed Swire Pacific Limited – a ready-made holding company for the group’s principal Hong Kong-based assets. This year also marked the passing of the Butterfield name, when Butterfield & Swire was renamed John Swire & Sons, in line with the UK parent company.
1975
Offshore oil and gas
Corporate
Marine Services
Pacific Supplier owned by Swire Northern Offshore
Swire entered the offshore oil and gas industry at a time when the price of crude oil had risen dramatically, leading to a huge increase in offshore exploration. Industry demand for anchor handling tug supply boats - used to tow, secure and service offshore oil rigs – far outstripped supply. The company formed a joint venture supply boat company, Swire Northern Offshore, which was renamed Swire Pacific Offshore (“SPO”) in 1980, after Swire bought out its joint venture partner, Northern Offshore.
1976
Investing in agribusiness
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
James Finlay’s factory in 1935
In 1976, Swire acquired just under 30% of the Glasgow firm, James Finlay. Established in 1750, James Finlay started out as a textile trader, before moving into cotton manufacturing, and later into tea growing, becoming one of the world’s leading tea traders. Finlays became a wholly owned Swire subsidiary in 2000.
1977
Expansion in Papua New Guinea
Corporate
Property
Beverages & Food Chain
Marine Services
Steamships Trading Company in 1970
Swire acquired a shareholding in Steamships Trading Company, one of Papua New Guinea’s oldest companies. Today, Swire holds 72% of Steamships, a conglomerate involved in shipping, transport, property, hotels and manufacturing.
1978
Diversification in America
Corporate
Property
Beverages & Food Chain
Swire acquired the first of ten Coca-Cola franchises in the US
Brickell district of Miami
Swire established beverage and property interests in the US. The group obtained its first US Coca-Cola bottling franchise at Salt Lake City, and purchased a manmade island in the Brickell district of Miami for development.
1979
Supplying the global energy sector
Corporate
Marine Services
As part of its strategy to invest in the energy sector, Swire purchased EPD containers and Supply Ltd, a specialist provider of North Sea transport and storage equipment. Swire EPD was renamed Swire Oilfield Services (“SOS”) in 1998, to reflect an expanded range of services and geographical footprint. Today, SOS is the world’s largest supplier of specialist offshore cargo carrying units to the global energy sector.
1980
Cathay flies to London
Aviation
TV commercial on Cathay Pacific London flight
The inaugural Hong Kong to London flight in 1980
At the end of a decade of rapid expansion, Cathay Pacific Airways commenced a service from Hong Kong to London - making Hong Kong's flag-carrier a truly international airline at last.
1982
Cold Storage in the USA
Corporate
Beverages & Food Chain
Swire acquired United States Cold Storage, today one of the largest public refrigerated warehouse logistics provider in the USA.
1983
Expansion into retail
Corporate
Trading & Industrial
Swire continued to grow its trading businesses by acquiring Marathon Sports, today Hong Kong's largest sportswear retail chain. Swire Resources has since added multi-brand sports and active-wear chains GigaSports, CATALOG, d2r and Go Wild to its successful Marathon Sports retail operations in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China.
1985-86
Pacific Place takes shape
Property
The site on Queensway
The mall at Pacific Place
Pacific Place is one of Hong Kong's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations.
Swire Properties acquired two adjoining sites on the fringes of Hong Kong's central business district for the development of Pacific Place, which has been Swire Properties' premier managed development ever since. It includes three Grade A office towers, a major shopping mall and four five-star hotels.
1986
Cathay Pacific goes public
Corporate
Aviation
HSBC's head office inundated with long queues of people waiting to collect application forms
Cathay Pacific Airways marked its 40th anniversary by listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The floatation, which was heavily oversubscribed, shattered Hong Kong records.
1987
Adrian Swire (1932-2018) becomes Chairman of the Swire group
Corporate
1989
A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company
Beverages & Food Chain
Swire opened Coca-Cola production facilities at Hangzhou and Nanjing.
The Coca-Cola Company invited Swire Beverages (now rebranded as Swire Coca-Cola) to be a partner in the return of Coca-Cola to Mainland China, after a near 40-year absence. Swire Beverages was granted several franchises and over the next decade, built production facilities and distribution systems in seven provinces, initially in partnership with CITIC, the Chinese Government's foreign investment arm.
1990
Reinvesting in China
Corporate
Aviation
Trading & Industrial
Swire acquired a major stake in Dragonair (now rebranded as Cathay Dragon).
ICI Swire Paints opened a production plant in Shanghai in 1999.
The 1990s would see Swire begin to reinvest in Mainland China in a variety of sectors, in addition to its stake in soft drink production, as an anchor bottler in The Coca-Cola Company's China system. In 1990, the group acquired the majority shareholding in regional airline Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (now rebranded as Cathay Dragon), providing a major foothold in the growing aviation market in China. Meanwhile, Swire Pacific's paint manufacturing and marketing business merged with world-renowned paint producer ICI to form ICI Swire Paints Limited and it was renamed to Akzo Nobel Swire Paints after the acquisition of ICI by Akzo Nobel in 2008.
1993
A new business hub on Hong Kong Island
Property
The first Grade A office tower at Taikoo Place was completed. Today, Taikoo Place, together with adjacent Cityplaza and Taikoo Shing, form an integrated residential, business and entertainment hub with 13 interconnected office towers and 61 residential blocks.
1994
Cathay Pacific acquires majority holding in Air Hong Kong
Corporate
Aviation
Cathay Pacific Airways acquired a majority shareholding in all-cargo airline Air Hong Kong.
1994
Expanding logistics interests in Australia
Corporate
Trading & Industrial
Kalari specialises in handling and cartage of bulk materials.
Swire purchased Australian road haulage operator Kalari, which it has subsequently expanded to offer specialist bulk storage and distribution services nationwide.
1996
Strategic share restructuring
Corporate
Aviation
After the share restructuring of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, Sir Adrian Swire paid a visit to the then Chinese Vice-Premier, Mr Qian Qichen, in Beijing.
Cathay Pacific Airways underwent a landmark share restructuring to increase the stake in the airline held by the Chinese government's commercial arm, CITIC. This deal was seen as vital to ensuring Cathay Pacific came through the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China with its traffic rights and Swire management intact.
1996
HAECO expands to Mainland China
Aviation
Established by Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. (today named “HAECO Xiamen”) opened for business with a single hangar and a workforce of less than 1,000. Today, HAECO Xiamen is one of Asia's largest aircraft maintenance facilities, operating from six hangars and employing nearly 4,500 staff.
1998
Edward Scott (1939-2002) becomes Chairman of the Swire group
Corporate
1999
Exclusive automotive dealerships
Corporate
Trading & Industrial
Swire expanded its automotive trading interests with exclusive dealerships in Taiwan Region for Volkswagen and Kia, some 20 years after acquiring the Volvo franchise in Taiwan Region.
2002
Sir Adrian Swire re-appointed Chairman
Corporate
Following the untimely death of Edward Scott CMG, Sir Adrian Swire resumed his role as Chairman of the Swire group until 2005.
2002
Guangzhou landmark
Property
Swire Properties signed a joint venture agreement to develop and manage a four million square-foot complex in Guangzhou. Opened in 2011, TaiKoo Hui includes a retail centre, two office towers, a cultural centre, a five-star hotel and serviced apartments.
2005
James Hughes-Hallett becomes Chairman
Corporate
James Hughes-Hallett (1949- ) becomes Chairman of the Swire group.
2006
A strategic partnership
Corporate
Aviation
Dragonair became a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, as part of a shareholding realignment between Cathay Pacific, Swire Pacific, CITIC Pacific, Air China and its parent company, CNAC. Dragonair was rebranded as Cathay Dragon in 2016.
2008
New property ventures
Property
Swire Hotels was formed to create and manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the UK. In Beijing, Swire Properties began the phased opening of Taikoo Li Sanlitun, a retail-led, mixed-use development with a luxury hotel, and acquired a 50% interest in another mixed-use development, later named INDIGO.
2011
Renewing the fleet
Marine Services
The China Navigation Company commenced an unprecedented new building programme to replace its entire fleet over four years. In total, 12 multipurpose vessels, 28 handysize bulk carriers and one cement carrier were ordered by the company for delivery between 2013 and 2016. All but four of the ships were constructed at Mainland Chinese shipyards.
2011
Importing cars to Hong Kong
Trading & Industrial
Swire launched International Automobiles, the exclusive importer in Hong Kong and Macau for Abarth, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep passenger cars, as well as Volvo, UD and Renault Trucks.
2012
Swire Properties lists on Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Corporate
Property
Swire Properties celebrated its 40th anniversary and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
2012
One-stop-shop offshore service provider
Marine Services
Swire Pacific Offshore acquired two new companies: Altus Logistics (renamed as Altus Oil & Gas Services in 2015), specialising in supply chain management for offshore oil and gas companies, and Swire Seabed, which deploys sophisticated equipment to provide a range of sub-sea services. Altus was sold in 2016.
2012-15
Extracts
Beverages & Food Chain
Finlays broadened the scope of its activities with a growing emphasis on extracts. The company became a leading supplier to the global food and beverage industry of ingredients and flavours extracted from tea, coffee and herbal sources. In 2012, Finlays acquired 20% of Damin Foodstuff, a Mainland Chinese company that was the world's largest producer of tea extracts; the shareholding was subsequently increased to 40%. In 2014, Finlays acquired 100% of Autocrat, a leading US-based manufacturer of coffee extracts and the following year, Finlays purchased 100% of Casa Fuentes, Argentina's largest tea estate company - a key supplier of the black tea favoured as a primary ingredient by the ready-to-drink tea industry in the US.
2013
Green investments
Corporate
Trading & Industrial
Argent Energy state-of-the-art plant near Motherwell in Scotland in 2005
Swire began to invest in a variety of businesses with a “green” focus. The group acquired a controlling stake in Argent Energy, a UK biodiesel manufacturer that produces road fuel by recycling used cooking oil, tallow and sewer grease.
2013
Upholding Hong Kong's air cargo hub status
Aviation
The Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal opened at Hong Kong International Airport with the creation of 1,800 jobs. Capable of handling an annual throughput of 2.6 million tonnes, increasing Hong Kong's annual air cargo capacity by 50% to a total 7.4 million tonnes, it incorporated some of the most advanced terminal design and materials handling technology in the world.
2013
A sweet partnership
Beverages & Food Chain
Taikoo Sugar formed a partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Japan and TS Corporation of South Korea to build a sugar refinery in Guangdong Province.
2014
Investing in bio-jet fuel
Aviation
Cathay Pacific Airways acquired a shareholding in Fulcrum BioEnergy, a world pioneer in converting municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation spirit or "biojet" fuel. The investment was a part of the airline's strategy to achieve a target of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and Cathay Pacific negotiated a long-term supply agreement with Fulcrum representing an initial 2% of the airline's annual fuel consumption.
2014
HAECO goes global
Aviation
Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (“HAECO”) became a global MRO group with the acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services, adding North American airframe, line services, engine overhaul and cabin solutions to its portfolio.
2014
A new food business
Beverages & Food Chain
Swire purchased a controlling interest in Chongqing New Qinyuan Bakery Company, a leading bakery chain in southwest China with over 550 stores in Chongqing, Guiyang and Chengdu now. Qinyuan became a wholly owned subsidiary in 2016.
2015
Barnaby Swire becomes Chairman
Corporate
Barnaby Swire (1964- )
Merlin Swire (1973- )
Barnaby Swire (1964- ) became Chairman while Merlin Swire (1973- ) became Deputy Chairman of the Swire group.
2015
New landmark in Chengdu
Property
The Temple House
Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu was officially opened as Swire Properties’ joint venture, mixed-use development with Sino-Ocean Land. The development includes an open-plan mall, The Temple House hotel and serviced apartments managed by Swire Hotels, as well as a Grade A office tower.
2017
Quenching more thirsts in China
Beverage
Swire Beverages (rebranded as Swire Coca-Cola in 2019) completed the acquisition of new franchise territories in Mainland China following a refranchising initiative by The Coca-Cola Company’s Bottling Investments. Swire Coca-Cola now owns 18 bottling plants in 11 provinces and the Shanghai municipality, selling the Coca-Cola family of beverages to half the country’s population – over 650 million people.
2017
New Shanghai Development
Property
Night view of HKRI Taikoo Hui, Shanghai
The shopping mall at HKRI Taikoo Hui
Swire Properties opened its fifth mixed-use development in Mainland China and first ever in Shanghai. Jointly developed with HKR International, HKRI Taikoo Hui comprises a shopping mall, two Grade-A office towers, two luxury hotels and a serviced apartment building.
2018
Swire Pacific privatizes HAECO
Aviation
Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (“HAECO”) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific by way of a scheme of arrangement. Prior to privatization, Swire Pacific had owned approximately 75% of the shares in HAECO.
2019
Five generations of service
Corporate
Despite the Swire group’s diverse and international focus, it is still very much a family concern, with a number of Swire family members actively involved in the business. The current Chairman of the Swire group, Barnaby Swire, and the Chairman of Swire Pacific, Merlin Swire, are the great-great-great grandsons of John Swire of Liverpool, who founded the business over 200 years ago. Merlin’s brother Sam is a Director of John Swire & Sons Limited. Barnaby's father, the late Sir John Swire CBE, was former Chairman of the Swire group (1966-1987) and Life President (1997-2016); Merlin and Sam’s father, the late Sir Adrian Swire, was former Chairman of the Swire group (1987-1997 and 2002-2005) and Honorary President (2005-2018).
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