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This year the Swire group is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding when John Swire opened an office in Liverpool, UK, in 1816.

At this time, it is appropriate to reflect upon the values that the Swire group have strived to encourage in its various businesses: Integrity, Excellence, Humility, Endeavour and Continuity. Swire’s 200-year history has provided the resilience to take a long-term view however, the company has also adapted its operating model on many occasions to ensure it remains relevant in meeting the changing demands of customers and the economic environment.

The future for Swire in Australia is exciting. Swire sees Australia as an important arm of the group portfolio, and while we continue to strengthen and grow in the markets we already serve, we will also seek out new opportunities for investment. We continue to recognise that our most valuable assets are our employees who exhibit integrity, competence, professionalism and commitment to safe and efficient operations and excellent customer service on a daily basis. 

Swire’s businesses and employees can take strength from its enduring values and these will continue to be the cornerstone of our efforts to meet the challenges facing many of our businesses in Australia. I am confident that we can successfully meet these challenges and grow a sustainable business that will proudly feature in the next 200-year history of Swire.

Geoff Cundle
Chairman, John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd


Fast fact

1855
Melbourne, July 1855 Young Liverpool merchant John Samuel Swire establishes Swire Bros. in Melbourne, a modest import-export operation and the start of Swire in Australia.

The confidence and optimism we enjoy today is founded upon the dedication, talent and industry of our predecessors from the last 150 years.