Fast Facts for John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd in Australia

John Swire and Sons was established in the following years:
  • John Swire & Sons Ltd (UK) established in Liverpool 1816
  • John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd established in Melbourne, 1855, headquartered in Sydney since 1952
John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd employs over 1,800 people in Australia and over 300 in Vietnam


Specialist bulk logistics solutions for Australia's leading mining and manufacturing businesses •• Operates over 260 company-owned prime movers and 40 dedicated subcontractors, with over 800 pieces of trailing equipment in a range of configurations •• 14 depots across Australia.

Cold Chain Logistics

Swire Cold Storage
One of Australia’s largest leading cold chain logistics service providers, with a network of 15 facilities •• Capacity of approximately 75 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled warehousing •• Operates a fleet of prime movers and refrigerated trailers •• Subsidiary operates in Vietnam.

Swire Cold Storage Vietnam

The largest and most advanced public refrigerated facility in Vietnam, on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City •• Offering 36,500 racked pallet positions over 7.7 million cubic feet. Recently broke ground n a new facility in Bac Ninh which will service Hanoi and Haiphong.

Polar Fresh
A joint venture between Swire Cold Storage and Costa Logistics. It provides dedicated frozen and chilled storage and distribution for a major national supermarket chain and operates from three dedicated customer sites in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


Alex Fraser
Australia’s largest recycler of construction and demolition (C&D) materials, with 5 recycling centres across Melbourne and Brisbane •• Produces high-performance recycled materials used in some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects •• Capacity to process 3,500,000 tonnes of C&D material each year •• More than 40 million tonnes of C&D material recycled and sold since 1987.

Swire Industrial Services

Specialist scrap steel collection, processing and recycling in New South Wales •• Processed 14,500 tonnes of material in 2013 •• Transported 120,000 tonnes of mill scale in 2013 •• Operations managed by Alex Fraser since 2012.

Mining Services

HSE Mining
A specialist mining services and large equipment rental company •• Providing services to leading mining and resource projects in Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland •• Offices in Perth and Brisbane •• Operates over 500 pieces of specialised equipment.

Fast fact

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.

Swire in Australia & PNG 
Sites, properties & depots44
Refrigerated warehouseing (ft3)89 Million
Operating companies5