Diethelm Keller Group

Historic Milestones

The Diethelm Keller Group's origins date back to the 1860s when two Swiss pioneers ventured to the Far East: Wilhelm Heinrich Diethelm settled down in Singapore, while Edward Anton Keller went to the Philippines. The businesses set up by the two entrepreneurs developed over time into successful familiy enterprises.

 

While the Diethelm Group was mainly active in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indochina, the business of the Edward A. Keller Group was concentrated in the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, China and Australia.

 

Although the cooperation between the two families and their companies dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, the establishment of the Diethelm Keller Group did not take place until 100 years later, in July 2000, when the two groups merged into the newly established Diethelm Keller Holding Ltd. (DKH).

Diethelm Keller Group

Historic Milestones

 

In the 1950s, Diethelm & Co. Ltd. and Edward Keller Ltd. began to expand their presence in Europe in order to balance their strong position in Asia.

 

Over the years, a portfolio of brands has been built up. In addition to acquiring more international household brands and integrating the industrial brands in 2013, the partly- or wholly-owned businesses have now been reconfigured as four business units: DK Brands, DK Industrial, DK Investments Ltd. and DK Travel Holding Ltd.

 

In 2014, DK Premium Brands Holding Ltd. was established under DK Investments in order to bundle the outdoor furniture activities of GLOSTER and DEDON, a newly acquired leading outdoor furniture company. In addition, a 75% stake in GARPA was acquired to achieve a vision of worldwide leadership in the Premium Outdoor Furniture sector. 

Diethelm Keller Group

Historic Milestones

 

DKH's travel activities also date back to the 1950s, when Diethelm & Co. Ltd. began to offer travel services in Southeast Asia. Today, Diethelm Travel Holding Ltd. is a leading destination management company in the region. In 2013, a 50% participation in Globetrotter Group Ltd. was acquired and DK Travel was established to better integrate and coordinate DKH's various travel activities. STA Travel Holding Ltd., acquired in 1979, was established in the early 1970s and is today the world's premier travel organization for students and young travelers.

 

DKSH Holding Ltd. (DKSH) was formed in June 2002 through the merger of Diethelm Keller Services Asia Ltd. and SiberHegner Holding Ltd. Today, DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. The shares now trade on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol "DKSH" and DKH remains the anchor shareholder in the company.

 

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Diethelm Keller archives are the Memory of the Group. They date back to the founding years and contain a multitude of documents ranging from articles of incorporation, minutes of board meetings and annual meetings, as well as correspondence ledgers.

 

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