Our History



Golden Hope Plantations Berhad makes its debut into the pink guava puree manufacturing industry via a new plantation in the Sungei Wangi estate.


Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad becomes the first plantation company in the world to be granted EUREGAP (European Retailers and Producers Good Agriculture Practices) certification for plantation management. 


A Special Purpose Vehicle called Synergy Drive is established to acquire all assets and liabilities of Sime Darby Berhad, Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad and Golden Hope Berhad.


The newly established Synergy Drive is listed on Bursa Malaysia as Sime Darby Group with a market capitalisation of RM59.5 billion – nearly 80% more than its original RM31.6 billion at the start of the merger process.


Sime Darby Plantation receives its first Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification (RSPO).


Discovery in the Oil Palm Genome after Sime Darby Plantation's Scientists successfully deciphered the genetics of the oil palm, making it the world's first company to achieve this scientific breakthrough.

Sime Darby Plantation Sdn. Bhd. launches its Mangrove Research Centre (MRC), the first centre for mangrove research in Malaysia. MRC is a platform for research on the mangrove ecosystem and coastal zone management.



Launch of the Sime Darby Innovation Centre Europe (ICE) in Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands, a state-of-the-art facility for testing prototype oil formulations in food applications and production at a pilot scale. 


A New Central Housing Complex is launched to build modern housing facilities and create a communal living environment to raise the standard of living for employees.


Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) commits to the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto, which sets higher sustainability standards for growers, traders, end-users, and other stakeholders in the industry. 


SDP completes the acquisition of New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL), adding another 135,000 hectares of land in Papua New Guinea, bringing SDP's total land bank to almost one million hectares.


Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) commences its first large scale planting of GenomeSelect™ high yielding oil palms, which will allow the Company to produce more oil with existing land.


SDP is listed on Bursa Malaysia on 30th November 2017 after the demerger from the holding company, Sime Darby Berhad.


First commercial harvest of GenomeSelect™ with a 20% yield.



Publication of the Genome map in the public domain to fuel the research of others in the plantation sector.


In a watershed for the industry, SDP announced that it is paving the way towards oil palm plantations of the future, transforming laborious manual and menial work with mechanisation, automation and digitalisation.


SDP committed to achieving Net-Zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.