Who we are
We're all about making plant-based oils you can trust to use in your products. You can be sure that all our palm oil comes from RSPO certified sustainable plantations. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the location of the headquarter of Sime Darby Oils. At Sime Darby Oils Zwijndrecht Refinery we have a multi-oil factory and a specialty lecithin production facility. The strength of this factory is the diversity of processes.
The multi-oil factory:
- Fractionating, single and double
- Enzymatic re-arrangement
The lecithin factory:
We believe in producing vegetable oils and fats that are responsible and good for you. Plant-based oils should be safe, sustainable and adds value to your products. Whatever you need is, we can tailor your fat product to the desired functionality. We have the adaptability, empathy, and resources to produce high-quality vegetable oil-based ingredients.
The Journey of Sime Darby Oils Zwijndrecht Refinery
Innovative new products are key to success in your market. Our extensive knowledge of oils and fats, chemistry, and processing technology is one of the best in the industry. Combined with a heritage of 100 years of oil processing. Since we started, we've been on a journey to make better vegetable oils. And you can be sure we will never stop. More than ever, Sime Darby Oils is all about realising possibilities, together.
We're an integrated, single-source supplier of refined oils and fats. You can choose from a comprehensive range of plant-based oils and fats products of the world’s best quality. With a wealth of experience in the industry, you can expect only quality products and excellent service with timely delivery.
With continuous improvements, we pursue to make better products for you, now and in the future.
It all began in 1911..
It all began in 1911. Sam Van den Bergh & Anton Jurgens decided to build a soap & hardening factory. And a vegetable oil factory in Zwijndrecht. In 1913 the first production started. In 1915 Jurgens began a new oil refinery with a capacity of 400 tons a week at Zwijndrecht.
A all new Refinery
In 1915 Jurgens began a new oil refinery with a capacity of 400 tons a week at Zwijndrecht. In 1927 Van den Bergh and Jurgens decided to merge its activities on margarine and oil refinery. The result: the N.V. Maatschappij der Vereenigde Oliefabrieken (MVO) at Zwijndrecht and the Margarine Union.
A new merger of the Dutch Margarine Union
In 1929 there was a new merger of the Dutch Margarine Union, the English Margarine Union and Lever Brothers Ltd, from which the ‘Lever Brothers & Unilever was founded. This merger was later renamed in Unilever N.V. The N.V. Maatschappij der Vereenigde Oliefabrieken at Zwijndrecht became a subsidiary of Unilever N.V. Rapid modernization took place between 1965 and 1980 where most labour-intensive task was replaced with automation. In the 1970’s MVO was assigned to be part of the German division of Unilever and as a result, a more international name – Unimills BV- was created to replace its old name.
A full-fledged refinery
Unimills became a full-fledged refinery in the 90’s when Unilever rationalized its margarine business. The group invested in Unimills into a high capacity refinery thus making it the second largest refinery in Europe.
Sime Darby Unimills BV
In 2001, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad from Malaysia, was looking for expanding its oversees activities. In January the following year, Unimills became part of Golden Hope Group. Since the merger of Sime Darby, Guthrie and Golden Hope in 2007, Unimills became part of the largest palm oil plantation company in the world. The name of Unimills was changed to Sime Darby Unimills BV.
Upgrading our refinery
Between 2003 and 2013, Sime Darby Unimills rapidly expanded its operations into bio-diesel, two new flaking lines, two fractionation lines, 30.000 mt of additional storage tanks, a new plant for enzymatic re-arrangement, a new innovation center, including new laboratory facilities, truck loading bay, a pilot plant, a new box products line and a lecithin factory in order to pursue the strategy for specialties in oils and fats
Sime Darby Oils
In 2019, Sime darby Unimills changed it's name to Sime Darby Oils.