1959

  • 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.

1953

  • Closure of B&S China offices.

1950

1948

  • B&S acquires a 45% shareholding in Cathay Pacific Airways.
  • Orient Paint merges with the Duro Paint Manufacturing Co. in Hong Kong.

1947

  • B&S establishes Pacific Air Maintenance Services in Hong Kong (PAMAS).

1946

1934

  • B&S establishes Orient Paint, Colour & Varnish Co. in Shanghai as a joint venture with Pinchin & Johnson.

1907

  • Taikoo Dockyard opens.

1900

  • Building of Taikoo Dockyard commences.

1883

1881

  • Incorporation of Tai-koo Sugar Ltd.

1872

  • The China Navigation Company established, operating ships on the China coast.

1870

  • B&S opens in Hong Kong.

1868

  • JS&S Head Office transfers to London.

1867

  • B&S opens in Yokohama.

1866

  • 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.

1864

  • JS&S opens a branch office in London.

1861

  • JS&S begins to trade with China through agents Augustine Heard & Co.

1816

  • John Swire (1793-1847) opens a trading house in Liverpool, UK.