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Our History

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

2017 – Sime Darby Plantation

The demerger of the Sime Darby Group and subsequent listing of SDP on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 30 November 2017, SDP Hudson and Knight continues its journey.

1946 – When It All Began

John Knight who owns a soap manufacturing company (John Knight Ltd) and R.S. Hudson of Hudson’s soaps agree 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.

1964 – Unilever Integration

The UK company (Hudson & Knight) is integrated into Unilever. As catering, bakery and industrial markets grew in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Unilever recognised that there is 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.

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.

1980’S – COD Discontinued / 1982- Reckitt Columbus

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.

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 is 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) merge and form an entity named Synergy Drive. In November 2007 it is renamed Sime Darby Berhad and Hudson and Knight is renamed Sime Darby Hudson and Knight.

2011 – SDHNK Packaging operation

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