Looking back on a corporate history of more than 130 years.
Businessman Caspar Brennwald, who, two years earlier as a 24-year-old mission secretary, has accompanied Switzerland's first trading mission to Japan, founds a company together with his partner Hermann Siber under the name of Siber & Brennwald in Yokohama. They import products from and export silk to Europe and soon set up an office in Yedo (Tokyo).
After Siber's nephew, Robert Hegner-von Juvalta, joins the business in 1888, the company's name changes to Siber, Hegner & Co. and subsidiaries are established in Kobe and Osaka.
Business with China grows fast enough to justify setting up an office in Shanghai.
A terrible earthquake destroys the headquarters in Yokohama. The main business and industrial districts lay in ruins, as did the then Yokohama headquaters. Business recovered only slowly.
The business is transformed into a limited company with equity capital of 1.5 million Swiss francs and its head-quarters in Zurich. Branches are subsequently opened in New York, Tientsin, Peking and Lyon.
A branch is opened in Hong Kong.
Establishment of SiberHegner Holding Ltd in Zurich. Activities are divided up according to business lines:
Acquisition of a London firm trading in raw materials for the food industry; a move aimed at strengthening the company's presence in Europe.
Expansion into pet food by the take-over of the "Handelsverkehr" Group, .7a sector which is later to yield significant revenues, particularly in the Netherlands.
SiberHegner Holding Ltd's share capital is raised to 6 million Swiss francs and participation certificates for 4 million Swiss francs are issued.
For the first time, Group turnover exceeds 1 billion Swiss francs.
An office building is inaugurated on land in Yokohama which has been in the company's possession for more than 100 years.
Peter C. Sulzer succeeds Anton Hegner as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Creation of a single registered share category and at the same time conversion of the participation certificates into registered shares. As a consequence, the share capital of SiberHegner Holding Ltd is raised to 12 million Swiss francs. Introduction of a new Corporate ldentity.