Company Overview

Sime Darby Oils is a producer of high quality, premium brand edible oils & fats.

Sime Darby Oils South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP). It is currently Sime Darby Plantation’s only African-based downstream operation. Consisting of a Gauteng based refinery in Boksburg and a packing facility in Springs, Gauteng we produce:

  • Industrial Ingredients
  • Pastry fats
  • Industrial Margarines
  • Shortenings
  • Frying Oils
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, Sime Darby Oils South Africa 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 Sime Darby Oils South Africa to meet the requirements of regulators, customers and consumers.

Executive Management

SIME DARBY OILS SOUTH AFRICA is managed by our Executive team, led by Kumarin Peters

Kumarin Peters

General Manager

Darren Allaway

Executive Manager: Sales and Marketing

Ruan Valentin

Executive Manager: Business Operations

Pennelope De Freitas

Head: Human resources

Our History

Sime Darby Oils has its origins in a co-operation agreement between two companies in the United Kingdom.

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.
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 boxe s and small tablets of Lux soap (10g) to the non-retail market.
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 a new company, Hudson & Knight (Proprietary) Limited, in South Africa to cater for these needs.
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 a 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).
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.
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.
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, locally, Hudson and Knight is renamed Sime Darby Hudson and Knight.
Sime Darby Hudson and Knight started its own packing operation in Springs to pack Holsum and Shortening which was previously packed by Unilever.
The demerger of the Sime Darby Group and subsequent listing of Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 30 November 2017.
Sime Darby Plantation is renamed Sime Darby Oils and the South African Operation is now known as Sime Darby Oils South Africa.

Our Refinery

Modification of oils and fats at our facility can be achieved using Hydrogenation, Interesterification, Winterisation and Blending..

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 packing facility can produce packs ranging from 750kg IBCs to 125g bricks, as well as 210L and 20L drums. Our current packing facility handles Margarine, 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 Integrated Management system, we ensure that all products manufactured from our facility conform to our high standards.

For continuous improvement of our processes, Sime Darby Oils implements a Lean Six Sigma programme to manage and direct optimisation and improvement exercises under the leadership of 2 Black Belts, this programme runs through our entire business ensuring that every aspect of our operations performs as optimally as possible.