- Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. is floated on the Hong Kong stock market.
- Cathay Pacific absorbs rival Hong Kong Airways, gaining northbound traffic rights to Japan and acquires its first turboprop aircraft, the Lockheed L188 Electra, and a new livery for its planes.
- Closure of B&S China offices.
- B&S acquires a 45% shareholding in Cathay Pacific Airways.
- Orient Paint merges with the Duro Paint Manufacturing Co. in Hong Kong.
- B&S establishes Pacific Air Maintenance Services in Hong Kong (PAMAS).
- B&S establishes Orient Paint, Colour & Varnish Co. in Shanghai as a joint venture with Pinchin & Johnson.
- Building of Taikoo Dockyard commences.
- Incorporation of Tai-koo Sugar Ltd.
- The China Navigation Company established, operating ships on the China coast.
- JS&S Head Office transfers to London.
- Butterfield & Swire (B&S) is established in Shanghai, in partnership with R.S. Butterfield. Partnership with Butterfield dissolved in 1868 but the name remains until 1974.
- JS&S opens a branch office in London.
- JS&S begins to trade with China through agents Augustine Heard & Co.
- John Swire (1793-1847) opens a trading house in Liverpool, UK.