- Hutchison Whampoa
company_name = Hutchison Whampoa
company_type = Public
foundation = 1863
Hong Kong, China
Li Ka-shing, Canning Fok
industry = conglomerate
ports, telecommunications, retail, property
num_employees = 230,000
Cheung Kong Holdings
homepage = [http://www.hutchison-whampoa.com www.hutchison-whampoa.com]
Hutchison Whampoa Limited or HWL (zh-t|t=和記黃埔有限公司, sehk|0013,OTCBB|HUWHY) of
Hong Kongis a Fortune 500company and one of the largest companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. HWL is an international corporation with a diverse array of holdings which includes the world's biggest port and telecommunication operations in its three network running under the '3' brand. Its business also includes retail, property development and infrastructure. It belongs to the Cheung Kong Group.
Hutchison Whampoa was originally two companies founded in 19th century,namely "
Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock", established in 1863, and "Hutchison International" in 1877. [ [http://www.hutchison-whampoa.com/eng/about/milestones/1828.htm#1828 Hutchison-Whampoa: Milestones 1828-1959] ] Hutchison International, under Sir Douglas Clague, gained controlling interest of Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock in the 1960s. [ [http://www.hutchison-whampoa.com/eng/about/milestones/1960.htm#1960 Hutchison-Whampoa: Milestones 1960-1969] ] .
In 1977, Hutchison acquired all stakes of "Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock" and became "Hutchison Whampoa Limited".
Although Hutchison had a portfolio of valuable real estate interests in docks and retail ventures, the company ran into trouble, and had to be rescued by the
Hong Kong Bank. The bank took a 22% stake in the company, and had Clague replaced.Stephen Vines, [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1090780,00.html?iid=chix-sphere The Other Handover] , Time magazine, August 06, 2005]
On September 25, 1979, at the close of trade in London, the Bank announced it was selling its stake in Hutchison to Cheung Kong for HK$639 million.
HWL currently operates in 55 countries and employs over 230,000 staff worldwide. The company has five core businesses:
* Ports and Related Services
* Property and Hotels
* Energy, Infrastructure, Investments and Others
HWL operates in businesses related to:
* Ports and Related Services: Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator that operates across
Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle Eastand Africa. It operates in five of the seven busiest container ports in the world, handling 13% of the world’s container traffic.
** The final negotiaton and signature of the
Panama Canal Treatieswas done by President Jimmy Carterin September 1977, and provided that as from 12 p.m. on January 1, 2000, Panama would assume full control of canal operations and become primarily responsible for its defense. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/564652.stm End of an era at Panama Canal] , BBCNews, 14 December, 1999 ] Today, the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá(Panama Canal Authority) is responsible for the operation and management of the canal. Hutchison Whampoa operates ports in Panama, as it does in Mexico and other parts of the Americas.
* Property and Hotels: From landmark office buildings in Hong Kong,
Beijing, Shanghai, to luxury residential properties in the United Kingdom, Hutchison Whampoa Properties Limiteddevelops and invests in leading real estate. Together with Cheung Kong Holdings, HWL has set up a joint-venture company, Harbour Plaza Hotel Management (International) Limitedto operate and manage hotels under the portfolio of the Hutchison Property division.
* Retail: A.S. Watson & Co., Limited (ASW), HWL's retail arm, operates its flagship retail chains in Asia such as
Watson's, PARKnSHOPsupermarket, TASTE food galleria, GOURMET boutique style fine food hall, GREAT Food Hall, Fortress electrical appliances store, Watson's Wine Cellarand Nuance-Watsonduty free operator. In Europe, ASW's retail network comprises health and beauty chains: DC, Drogas, Kruidvat, Rossmann, Savers, Superdrug, Trekpleister, Spektr and Watson's, as well as luxury perfumeries and cosmetics retail brands: Marionnaud, ICI PARIS XLand The Perfume Shop. A.S. Watson is the world's largest health and beauty retailer.
* Energy, Infrastructure, Investments and Others:
Cheung Kong Infrastructure(CKI), HWL’s infrastructure arm, is a diversified infrastructure company with businesses in transportation, energy, infrastructure materials, water plants and related operations. HWL has an interest in Hongkong Electric Holdings(HEH), the sole electricity supplier to Hong Kong Islandand Lamma Island. Hutchison is also a major shareholder of Husky Energy, one of Canada's largest energy and energy related companies.
* Telecommunications: HWL is a pioneer of mobile multimedia communications with the launch of third-generation (3G) mobile phone networks under the "3" brand. It also owns 59,33% [ [http://www.irasia.com/listco/hk/hutchison/announcement/a21619-e_announcement.pdf 05/12/2007 - Connected Transaction - Acquisition of additional shares in Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited)] ] of
Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited(HTIL), which provides mobile phone networks and data services in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Another percent of HTIL is owned directly by Cheung Kong Holdings, the holding behind Cheung Kong group to which HWL belongs to. Additionally, HWL is an official backer of the .mobi top level domaincreated specifically for the mobile internet and has launched the mobile portal [http://three.mobi Three.mobi] under its "3" brand. [ [http://mtld.mobi/company/about/investors dotMobi Investors | dotMobi ] ] [ [http://www.three.mobi/about3.html three - 3 the company ] ]
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