2016 marks 200 years since John Swire of Liverpool established an import-export business in 1816 and 150 years since his son John Samuel Swire opened the doors of his first China office in 1866. Take a journey through our interactive timeline to learn more about how Swire has grown and diversified from a small import-export business to a multi-disciplined conglomerate.
Swire is a highly diversified global group. Many of our core businesses can be found within the Asia Pacific region, where traditionally Swire's operations have centred on Hong Kong and Mainland China. Within Asia, Swire's activities come under the group's publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific Limited. Elsewhere in the world, many businesses are held directly by parent company, John Swire & Sons Limited, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, East Africa, Sri Lanka, the USA and UK.
John Swire & Sons is headquartered in the UK. It is responsible for formulating and directing overall group strategy and provides a range of services including recruitment, employment and training of staff for the group and its subsidiaries. The group employs over 130,000 people worldwide.