Who We Are

Brief Overview

Sime Darby Hudson & Knight (SDH&K) is a producer of high quality, premium brand edible oils & fats. Consisting of a refinery based in Boksburg and a packing facility in Springs, Gauteng we produce:

  • Industrial Ingredients
  • Pastry fats
  • Industrial Margarines
  • Shortenings
  • Frying Oils

SDH&K is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn. Bhd., the plantation and agri-business arm of the Sime Darby Group. It is currently Sime Darby’s only African-based downstream operation. For more information on the Sime Darby Group please have a look at the websites below:

Sime Darby Group http://www.simedarby.com
Sime Darby Plantation Sdn. Bhd. http://www.simedarbyplantation.com

Sustainability & Quality

Being a specialist in fats and oils manufacturing goes hand in hand with Quality, Food Safety, Sustainability and Responsible sourcing.

In our commitment to excellence, SDH&K has adopted and is certified with FSSC 22000, ISO 9001, as well as the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) (Segregated and Mass Balance) supply chain models.

We have also been audited to conform to the SEDEX (Responsible sourcing) Scheme, which is externally certified by independent third party certification bodies. This demonstrates the robust and effective Integrated Management System in place at SDH&K to meet the requirements of regulators, customers and consumers.

Featured Brands

Some of our featured brands, recognised and loved throughout South Africa

Our History

SDH&K has its origins in a co-operation agreement between two companies in the United Kingdom.

  • 1946 - When It All Began

    John Knight who owned a soap manufacturing company (John Knight Ltd) and R.S. Hudson of Hudson’s soaps agreed to form a new marketing company called Hudson & Knight in 1946 to act as a selling agent for the products of both companies to grocers and chemists.

  • 1950's - South Africa

    In the early 1950’s Unilever operated a number of COD trucks from their operations in Cape Town, Durban and Boksburg. The trucks sold cooking oil (Groundnut oil in 45 gallon drums, white margarines in boxes, bulk detergents in 50lb bags, filled bar soap (Antelope) in 50kg boxes and small tablets of Lux soap (10g) to the non-retail market.

  • 1964 - Unilever Integration

    In 1964 the UK company (Hudson & Knight) was integrated into Unilever. As catering, bakery and industrial markets grew in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Unilever recognised that there was a growing need for a wider and more sophisticated range of products, consequently the decision was made to launch new company Hudson & Knight (Proprietary) Limited in South Africa to cater for these needs.

  • 1980's - COD Discontinued

    The COD operations were discontinued in the mid 1980’s due to the growth in number of distributors and wholesalers who could service the market more effectively. The remainder of the market was serviced via specialized sales and marketing team, delivering through the Unilever warehousing and distribution network and third party bulk tanker fleet.

  • 1982- Reckitt Columbus

    Unilever purchased Reckitt Columbus (an Industrial Floor cleaning business).

  • 1995 - H&K Diversified

    Hudson and Knight (Pty) Ltd consisted of several very diverse divisions, namely: Floor care, Lever industrial (industrial bottle, washing laundry, dish washing, dairy cleaning, HORECA detergents and cleaning chemicals), Industrial & artisanal bakeries, Bulk fats and oils, Food service.


  • 2004 - Golden Hope Berhad

    Hudson and Knight (Pty) Ltd was acquired by a Malaysian Plantation company Golden Hope Berhad from UBR (Unilever joint venture between Unilever Bestfoods and Robertson holdings) along with brands like Crispa, Pastrex, Holsum and Mastercraft


  • 2007 - Sime Darby Berhad

    In January 2007 three giant Malaysian companies (Golden Hope, Guthrie and Sime Darby) merged and formed an entity named Synergy Drive and in  November 2007 it was renamed Sime Darby Berhad.

  • 2011 - SDH&K Packing Operation

    Sime Darby Hudson and Knight started its own packing operation in Springs to pack Holsum and Shortening which was previously packed by Unilever.

Our Products

SDH&K is a producer of high quality, premium brand edible oils & fats.

All Products
Bakeries & Delicatessens
Bulk Products
Frying Products
  • Crispa Gold 20l
    Crispa Gold 20 litre
    20 Litres of Premium Sunflower Oil
  • Crispa Gold 2l
    Crispa Gold 2 Litre
    2 Litres of Premium Sunflower Oil
  • Crispa Palm 20l
    Crispa Palm 20 Litre
    20 Litres of Premium Palm Olein Frying Oil
  • Mastercraft White 25kg
    10kg & 25kg White Baking Margarine
  • Pastrex Croissant 25kg
    20 x 1,25kg Premium Puff Pastry Fat
  • Pastrex Super 25kg
    20 x 1,25kg Premium Puff Pastry Fat
  • Holsum Solid Vegetable Oil Pack
    5 x 10 x 125g Solid Vegetable Oil (White)
  • Mastercraft Yellow 20kg
    10kg & 20kg Yellow Baking Margarine

Our Refinery

  • Front Exterior
    Multi component, multi process facility
  • Loading Bay
    For both seed oils & tropical oils

Our refinery is a state-of-the-art multicomponent and, multiprocessing facility that processes both seed oils (Canola, Sunflower and Linseed) and tropical oils (palm oil and palm oil derivatives; palm kernel oil and palm kernel oil derivatives; and Coconut oil).

Our refining processes include both Chemical and Physical Refining. Modification of oils and fats at our facility can be achieved using Hydrogenation, Interesterification, Winterisation and Blending. Our packing facility can produce packs ranging from 750kg IBCs to 125g bricks, as well as 210L drums to 2L bottles. Our current packing facility handles Margarines, Shortenings, Frying oils and ingredients. With our wide range of processes, products can be tailor made to suit our customers’ specifications and satisfaction. Together with our Quality and Food Safety Management system, we also ensure that all products manufactured from our facility conform to our high standards. For continuous improvement of our processes, Sime Darby Hudson & Knight (SDH&K)  implements a Lean Six Sigma programme to manage and direct optimisation and improvement exercises  under the leadership of 2 Black Belts certified personnel, this programme runs through our entire business ensuring that every aspect of our operations performs  as optimally as possible.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us directly using the contact details provided below.

Sime Darby Hudson & Knight
511 Commissioner Street, Boksburg, 1460
GPS Coordinates: -26.216946, 28.277207

Switchboard: (+27) 11 896 9005
E- info@hnk.simedarby.com

Customer Care
Switchboard: (+27) 11 896 9002
E- customer.service@hnk.simedarby.com

Working Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Weekends: Closed

National Sales Operations Manager
Contact: Vish Singh
M- (+27) 60 971 3992
E- vish.singh@hnk.simedarby.com

Regional Sales Inland & Limpopo
Contact: Michelle Kisten
M- (+27) 79 971 8146
E- michelle.kisten@hnk.simedarby.com

Regional Sales Representative - KZN:
Contact: Rajesh Naidoo
M- (+27) 82 337 1769
E- rajesh.naidoo@hnk.simedarby.com
Regional Sales Inland & Freestate
Contact: Vijay Bheemsingh
M- (+27) 83 251 3950
E- vijay.bheemsingh@hk.simedarby.com

Regional Account – Western Cape:
Contact: Angie Ginsberg
M- (+27) 83 324 4720
F- (+27) 11 896 9210
E- angie.ginsberg@hnk.simedarby.com

Regional Accounts Eastern Cape and PE:
Contact: Nicolene Van Dermerwe
M- (+27) 82 820 4013
F- (+27) 11 896 1234
E- nicolene.v.dermerwe@hnk.simedarby.com

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