THE KUOK GROUP began business as Kuok Brothers Limited in 1949 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, trading rice, sugar and wheat flour. Business activities expanded in 1953 with the opening of a Singapore Branch, Kuok (Singapore) Limited. From these humble beginnings, the Kuok Group has grown to become one of Asia's most diversified and dynamic multinational conglomerates.
The driving force behind the Group's growth is the Kuok family, whose vision and commitment to hard work and excellence over two generations have made the Kuok Group a market leader in many areas. From the start of its operations, the Group has embodied the basic values of integrity, loyalty and discipline. These values have served as the foundation for its achievements over the past 46 years.
From its established trading bases in Malaysia and Singapore, the Group expanded its operations in the 1950s and 1960s to Thailand and Indonesia. It focused on complementary and related activities for growth, and also pursued new businesses and trading opportunities, especially in commodities, that resulted in trading links with companies in Hamburg, Paris, London and New York.
Hong Kong and China became the focus of further regional expansion in the 1970s and 1980s after a group of senior managers established Kerry Holdings Limited in Hong Kong in 1974. The name "Kerry" has since become identified with the Kuok Group's extensive operations in Hong Kong and China.
The Group has built up a management team with a great depth and breadth of experience and knowledge. The team continues to devote itself to the expansion of the Group's businesses, particularly in Asia's developing markets, in areas that complement the Group's businesses, particularly in Asia's developing markets, in areas that complement the Group's interests and expertise. Central to its future growth is the commitment to retain the values that are at the heart of the Kuok Group's success.