The Swire Group is a transnational corporation headquartered in London, England. It controls a range of wholly-owned businesses, including deep-sea shipping, cold storage, road transport, and agricultural activities.
The Swire Group's privately-owned parent company is John Swire & Sons Limited. The Swire Group, started by John Swire (1793-1847), had its beginnings as a modest Liverpool import-export company started in the early years of the 19th century. In 1861, John Swire & Sons Limited began to trade with China through agents Augustine Heard & Co. In 1866, in partnership with R.S. Butterfield, Butterfield & Swire was established in Shanghai. Four years later, a Hong Kong branch of Butterfield & Swire was also opened.
Four years after the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Butterfield & Swire closed all of its China offices. In 1974, Butterfield & Swire in Hong Kong was renamed John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.
The Group's Businesses
The Swire Group's core businesses in Hong Kong are held by the publicly-quoted Swire Pacific Limited. The Group's core businesses are grouped into: property, aviation, beverages, marine services, and trading & industrial. Swire Pacific Limited is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as Swire Pacific Limited Template:Sehk (A-shares) (LSE: SWRA) (A-shares in London) Template:Sehk (B-shares).
Swire is an anchor bottler in the Coca-Cola System. It is the bottler of Coca-Cola and its related products in Taiwan, Hong Kong, most of mainland China, as well as parts of 10 states in the United States, mainly the mountain west region. This territory represents a population of 400 million people.
The company was featured under the pseudonym "Rothwell-Gornt" in James Clavell's novel Noble House, which is a thinly disguised fictional account of the rivalry between Swire Group and Jardine Matheson, another Hong Kong trading house.
- Swire Memorial House at Yokohama
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