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HISTORY

1841, Seth Ebrahim Noordin, a man who survived a shipwreck and arrived India on a bale of cotton, came ashore Hong Kong with the British East India Company just a few months after the British landed. Within a mere year, he set up Abdoolally Ebrahim to trade cotton, silk and tea, and founded Hong Kong’s first ever cross-harbour ferry services. In 1951 Abdoolally Ebrahim was changed from a partnership to a limited company that went by the name of Abdoolally Ebrahim & Co (HK) Ltd, now the principal subsidiary of the Abdoolally Ebrahim Group (AEG).

While most of the Indian firms established in those early days no longer exist, AEG not only survived the wars and numerous disturbances that have rocked Hong Kong, it out-lasted recessions and external trade embargoes. As the ex-colony grew from a ‘barren island’ to one of the largest commercial centres of the world, the group shared its fortune and rose into a prosperous international corporation with subsidiaries dealing in a wide variety of businesses. Today, run by the family’s 5th generation descendent as a newly restructured corporate entity, AEG is not only one of the oldest trading houses of Hong Kong, it is HSBC’s oldest surviving client (see video).

We invite you to learn about our rich history. We are proud of our accomplishments and things that make us unique throughout the years, including our heritage, our faith, our emphasis on integrity and innovations, our community involvement and our willingness to move with times. Inspired by our history and a vision to being a better group, we look forward to a strong future filled with new historical milestones.  Download history here.

 

MILESTONES

1842
AEG’s founder Seth Ebrahim was the builder of the Ebrahim...
AEG’s founder Seth Ebrahim was the builder of the Ebrahim family’s legacy. His commercial ventures were international and paved with success. Seth Ebrahim survived a shipwreck and came ashore India on a bale of cotton and later founded a trading firm in Mumbai. In 1841 he came to Hong Kong with the British East India Company, a few months after the British landing. The following year, with his brother-in-law, he established a Hong Kong branch for his firm, Abdoolally, Ebrahim, which is now one of oldest trading houses in the territory.
1842
Abdoolally Group was established in Hong Kong in 1842...
Syedna Abdulqadir Najmuddin A.Q., is the 47th Dai-ul-Multaq of the Dawoodi Bohra Community. It was under his guidance that the group was established in Hong Kong in 1842. His seat (bethaq) was held at the group’s then head office in Mumbai and it was from here that he sent Seth Ebrahim to seek his fortune in the Far East. Passionate about his faith, founder Seth Ebrahim was a member of Dawoodi Bohras, a trading community of Muslim denomination. The word Bohra itself is derived from the Gujarati word Vehwahar, which is interpreted as "trading". Primarily a business community, Dawoodi Bohras strongly encourage its members to pursue trade peacefully and independently within the framework of Islamic law and strictly abiding by the laws of the country in which they all trade. Seth Ebrahim not only practiced this belief religiously, he handed his faith down to all his sons and descendants, generation after generation.
1842
Seth Ebrahim Noordin founded Abdoolally in 1842, just a year after Hong Kong was ceded to the British in 1841...
When Seth Ebrahim Noordin founded Abdoolally, Ebrahim in 1842, just a year after Hong Kong was ceded to the British in 1841, the ex-colony was merely ‘a barren island with hardly a house upon it’ according to the words of Lord Palmerston.
1842
AEG’s textile and commodities business commenced with trading in tea, cotton and silk....
AEG’s textile and commodities business commenced with trading in tea, cotton and silk. Today, textile and commodities remain one of the group’s major trading divisions.
1842
The group first introduced cross-harbour ferry services in Hong Kong between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central in 1842...
The group first introduced cross-harbour ferry services in Hong Kong between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central in 1842. This service was a forerunner to the Star Ferry Co. which was incorporated in 1898.
1842
Branch offices opened in Shanghai and Canton...
Branch offices opened in Shanghai and Canton.
1864
AEG was given compensation by the British government for the confiscation of its cargo in Canton some 25 years earlier...
As per notification in Hong Kong Government Gazette, the group was given compensation by the British government for the confiscation of its cargo in Canton some 25 years earlier.
1865
AEG remains HSBC’s oldest surviving client...
On 13 March 1865, the group opened a current account at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) with an initial deposit of HK$14,800 ten days after HSBC was incorporated. Today, AEG remains HSBC’s oldest surviving client.
1886
The descendants of Seth Ebrahim rebuilt Najam Baug to its new glory...
1886, Seth Ebrahim built Najam Baug in Mumbai, a centre for the Dawoodi Bohra community. After the turn of the Millenium, the descendants of Seth Ebrahim rebuilt Najam Baug to its new glory.
1892
Seth Ebrahim built Zainee Masjid in Mumbai ...
Seth Ebrahim built Zainee Masjid in Mumbai – also known as Market ni Masjid. Seth Ebrahim was buried outside this Masjid.
1906
The group purchased land in Honam, Guangzhou. The premises were mainly used for collection of raw silk supplies from the southern region ...
The group purchased land in Honam, Guangzhou, and the title deeds are still in existence. The premises were mainly used for collection of raw silk supplies from the southern region and in time it became a ‘security house’ for the raw silk merchants of Guangzhou.
1906
One of the two sons of Seth Ebrahim, Seth Noordin was made in charge of the Mumbai office in 1906...
One of the two sons of Seth Ebrahim, Seth Noordin was made in charge of the Mumbai office in 1906. He was also the founding director of the Bank of India Ltd.
1907
Even the group was on the verge of bankruptcy, the group believes it should honour all commitments...
The cotton yarn crisis became almost unassailable, with prices falling over 20 percent. The group was on the verge of bankruptcy. It settled with all 123 creditors except one who petitioned the High Court of Bombay to make the company insolvent. In his judgement Honourable Justice Davar wrote: “ …Here are insolvents who have parted with everything they had. They have impoverished all the members of their family. They have no capital to trade with. In all human probability all the four insolvents with all their exertions would never be able to earn anything like the large sum of over eight lacs of rupees necessary to pay four annas in the rupee of their debts, during their lifetime, and it would be not only a cruel order but in their case an unjust order to make.” Even today the group believes it should honour all commitments.
1908
Between 1908 to 1928, the group held the exclusive distribution rights of Butterfield and Swire’s Taikoo sugar for the Colombo market...
Between 1908 to 1928, the group held the exclusive distribution rights of Butterfield and Swire’s Taikoo sugar for the Colombo market. The above contract made in 1908 is one of the many examples currently kept in the group’s safe.
1920
20 Stanley Street was acquired for HK$41,200, which has been the group’s Hong Kong headquarter ever since...
20 Stanley Street was acquired for HK$41,200, which has been the group’s Hong Kong headquarter ever since. The building was rebuilt twice later. The second, third and fourth decades of this century were times of steady progress for the company, and were only marginally interrupted by the First World War, which had little impact on the Far East.
1935
The firm communicated with its head office in Mumbai and Shanghai branches using a code book...
The firm communicated with its head office in Mumbai and Shanghai branches using a code book. This is an original page. Today all pages of the code book are kept inside the group’s archives.
1938
Seth Ebrahim sent his brother-in-law Abdoolally to establish a branch in Shanghai In 1842...
Seth Ebrahim sent his brother-in-law Abdoolally to establish a branch in Shanghai In 1842. The office was located on The Bund, the business centre and tourist destination of Shanghai. Business was thriving in this office before World War Two.The founder’s grandson Abdeally was managing this office at that time and is seated in the centre of this picture.
1938
Protector of the family’s legacy, Mulla Abdeally gained control of the group in 1965 after undergoing many many difficult years...
Protector of the family’s legacy, Mulla Abdeally gained control of the group in 1965 after undergoing many many difficult years. He ran the Shanghai office before World War Two.
1940
In 1940, the group became a founder member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce...
In 1940, the group became a founder member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
1942
The group lent money to HSBC in Hong Kong, apparently to help them finance food and medical supplies to alleviate British and friendly nationals in hospitals and internment camps...
During the World War II, an HSBC short wave radio was stored at Abdoolally House, so that their staff could listen to the news transmitted from Canton via the BBC. Besides this, the group also lent money to HSBC in Hong Kong, apparently to help them finance food and medical supplies to alleviate British and friendly nationals in hospitals and internment camps. A promissory note, written by HSBC officer Mr. Foy, was swallowed by a member of our staff for protection when the Japanese gendarmes raided Abdoolally House.
1945
Business soon resumed after the end of World War II...
As shown in the first of a three pages letter sent from the Hong Kong branch office to the Mumbai head office, business soon resumed after the end of World War II.
1946
Shaikh Jaffer was posted to the Hong Kong office in September 1946...
Shaikh Jaffer was posted to the Hong Kong office in September 1946. Passionate about accounts, he aided the group in its financial affairs, but his greatest business attribute by far was his vision. Not only was he responsible for starting the housewares division in 1961, he also initiated the shipping business in 1978, and he finally acquired the shares of his four brothers in 1988, with the remarkable feat of keeping within Islamic principles to arrange an interest free loan. He opened an Asean branch office in 1989, followed by the Pakistan branch office in 1995. A dedicated entrepreneur through and through, at the age of 75, he spearheaded a brand new commodities venture of iron ore trading. He anticipated every need of the group and delivered benevolence to everyone around him both in business and his personal life.
1949
The Shanghai office on the Bund was forced to close at the time of the Chinese Revolution...
The Shanghai office on the Bund was forced to close at the time of the Chinese Revolution. The group was only permitted to take a typewriter from the office out of China. This office was later re-opened in 2004.
1951
In October, over 2,000 bales of cotton were sold to Japan via a 50/50 joint venture with P.B. Dhaber’s office in Japan...
In October, over 2,000 bales of cotton were sold to Japan via a 50/50 joint venture with P.B. Dhaber’s office in Japan. The cotton bales were meant to be sold to China, but the government put a ban on it.
1951
A Certificate of Incorporation was issued by the Registrar of Companies on August 13th. The partnership, Abdoolally, Ebrahim, was replaced by a limited company Abdoolally Ebrahim & Co (HK) Ltd...
A Certificate of Incorporation was issued by the Registrar of Companies on August 13th. The partnership, Abdoolally, Ebrahim, was replaced by a limited company Abdoolally Ebrahim & Co (HK) Ltd.
1952
The rebuilding of the five-storey Abdoolally House, damaged in World War II, began...
The rebuilding of the five-storey Abdoolally House, damaged in World War II, began. The building’s windows were torn down as people used the frame as firewood for cooking. During the reconstruction a silver Chinese dollar, a half Australian sovereign, two English and two Chinese papers of the day, sugar, candy and coconut were sealed in the foundations. The group used the first floor of the new building as its office, store room and staff quarters. In the aftermath of the war the mainstay of the business was the export of sundry goods, such as torches and green beans, and the principal import was cotton and cotton yarn.
1952
Abdoolally Ebrahim & Co., (HK) Ltd was elected a member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong....
Abdoolally Ebrahim & Co., (HK) Ltd was elected a member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.
1953
Due to the Korean War, there was severe depression.The only active business then was Cowbezoar, a very precious item from the body of a cow or an ox used in Chinese herbal medicines...
Due to the Korean War, there was severe depression and the group lost 30% in value on all of its stocks. The only active business then was Cowbezoar, a very precious item from the body of a cow or an ox used in Chinese herbal medicines.
1953
A deal was made with HSBC...
A deal was made with HSBC, who approached the group to help them sell a consignment of 101 bales of cotton they had kept for a year.
1953
The group made a deal with Wah Shing Weaving Mill and Ms Kow Yue Weaving Factory to finance them for equipment supply to the governments of Malaysia and Thailand...
The group made a deal with Wah Shing Weaving Mill and Ms Kow Yue Weaving Factory to finance them for equipment supply to the governments of Malaysia and Thailand.
1954
The group imported groundnut oil from South Africa....
The group imported groundnut oil from South Africa.
1954
The group worked again with Wah Shing Weaving Mills...
The group worked again with Wah Shing Weaving Mills to supply 120,000 uniforms to the Malaysian Government.
1955
Abdoolally Ebrahim and Company (H.K.) Limited was elected...
Abdoolally Ebrahim and Company (H.K.) Limited was elected a member of the Hong Kong Exporters’ Association.
1955
The group began trading in Indian beef, importing the beef to Hong Kong for export to Macau...
The group began trading in Indian beef, importing the beef to Hong Kong for export to Macau.
1957
The group began importing camphor powder from the UK to supply a Hong Kong camphor tablet manufacturer...
The group began importing camphor powder from the UK to supply a Hong Kong camphor tablet manufacturer. The business was brought to a standstill as the manufacturer’s main market, Ceylon, collapsed following a ban of the tablets.
1960
Torches and batteries became a major trading item for the group...
Torches and batteries became a major trading item for the group. Sales to United States were established through Astra Hong Kong Trading Corporation.
1961
The housewares division began with the export of stainless steel hollowware and cutlery...
The housewares division began with the export of stainless steel hollowware and cutlery. Today housewares remains one of the group’s major business division.
1961
Cassia was a product the group dealt in for many years, from 1961 - 1995...
Cassia was a product the group dealt in for many years, from 1961 - 1995. In the early years the trade was mainly to Chittagong.
1961
Shaikh Jaffer was appointed Managing Director of Abdoolally Ebrahim and Company (HK) Limited...
Shaikh Jaffer was appointed Managing Director of Abdoolally Ebrahim and Company (HK) Limited. The same year, turnover broke all previous records, exceeding HK$6.25 million. Cotton yarn alone brought in 55 percent of the total turnover.
1962
The group invested in a cutlery factory, Foo Kwong Cutlery Metal Works Ltd ...
The group invested in a cutlery factory, Foo Kwong Cutlery Metal Works Ltd, and ran that till 1978. It was one of the three factories manufacturing cutlery in Hong Kong during that time.
1963
20 Stanley Street commenced re-development for a second time...
20 Stanley Street commenced re-development for a second time, transforming the five-storey, 6872 sq ft building to the current 12-storey 24, 650 sq ft office tower. The new Abdoolally House was completed in 1966.
1964
The company purchased a property at No. 24 Belcher Street as accommodation for their Chinese staff...
The company purchased a property at No. 24 Belcher Street as accommodation for their Chinese staff.
1964
For the first time the firm imported cotton fabrics from the Indian subcontinent....
For the first time the firm imported cotton fabrics from the Indian subcontinent.
1965
The company extended its activities in re-exporting finished textile and cotton gauze sheetings from Pakistan to Australia and New Zealand...
The company extended its activities in re-exporting finished textile and cotton gauze sheetings from Pakistan to Australia and New Zealand.
1965
The Abdeally Noordin family became the only shareholders of the group...
Under the benediction of Dr. Syedna Taher Saifuddin (T.U.S.), the 51st Dai-Ul-Mutlag, the Abdeally Noordin family became the only shareholders of the group.
1965
Mulla Abdeally Noordin and his five sons, bought the entire holding shares from the Essabboy Ebrahim family...
Mulla Abdeally Noordin and his five sons, who owned 450 shares in Abdoolally Ebrahim & Company (HK) Limited, bought the entire holding of 1,008 shares from the Essabboy Ebrahim family.
1966
A deal was completed with the Government of Ceylon for the sale of a shipload of 2,500 tons of wheat flour, the first of this magnitude
A deal was completed with the Government of Ceylon for the sale of a shipload of 2,500 tons of wheat flour, the first of this magnitude, followed by 9,000 tons.
1968
Michael Raymond became a life long friend of the group...
Michael Raymond, representing Waltham Electronics Ltd, placed a single order of 100,000 sets of transistor radios with a value of HK$3,000,000. Michael became a life long friend of the group.
1968
The group investing in three industrial floors on How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, measuring 54,000 sq, ft...
To meet the huge demand from the United States of America, the group took interest in a wig factory via a new company De Bute Tress. Relvon wanted to purchase the company’s products indicating monthly requirements of 250,000 pieces. This resulted in the group investing in three industrial floors on How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, measuring 54,000 sq, ft.
1969
The group started a gem division on the 11th floor of the Abdoolally house...
The group started a gem division on the 11th floor of the Abdoolally house to import diamonds in partnership with Yahya Jhaveri of YZ Fazlehusen, Bombay.
1970
The group designed a 5-piece stainless steel Georgian tea set and sold 30,000 sets per month to Ensee Ltd, in the United Kingdom...
The group designed a 5-piece stainless steel Georgian tea set and sold 30,000 sets per month to Ensee Ltd, in the United Kingdom.
1970
The Ebrahim Family celebrating Diwali...
The Ebrahim Family celebrating Diwali.
1971
The group donated the HK$20,000 “Abdoolally Ebrahim & Company (HK) Ltd” scholarship to the University of Hong Kong for the annual benefit of an economics student...
Mulla Abdeally made a visit to Hong Kong on his 91st birthday. To mark the occasion, the group donated the HK$20,000 “Abdoolally Ebrahim & Company (HK) Ltd” scholarship to the University of Hong Kong for the annual benefit of an economics student. This scholarship is still in existence today.
1972
For the first time the group exhibited in the Cologne Housewares Fair and Frankfurt International Spring Fair...
For the first time the group exhibited in the Cologne Housewares Fair and Frankfurt International Spring Fair. The group has exhibited in Frankfurt every year since.
1972
Scene from Hong Kong headquarter in 1972...
Scene from Hong Kong headquarter in 1972
1972
Branch office opened in London and is since closed...
Branch office opened in London and is since closed.
1973
Argos appointed the group as a regional buying office for three years...
In April, Green Shield Trading Stamp Company Ltd, United Kingdom – re-branded Argos in July of the same year – appointed the group as a regional buying office for three years. Pentland Products Ltd was established in the United Kingdom as a 50% subsidiary of the group to further service this business. By 1982 the balance of the shares in Pentland was acquired.
1977
The group entered into a financing deal through Martime Shipping Agencies Ltd to support port labourers from India to Sharjah ...
The group entered into a financing deal through Martime Shipping Agencies Ltd to support port labourers from India to Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
1978
In 1978, the group bought the 1968-built tween-decker, Shinpozan Maru, for US$550,000, to start a liner service from Bombay to Hodeidah in the Red Sea...
Ikhlas Steamship Company Limited was established in 1977. In 1978, the group bought the 1968-built tween-decker, Shinpozan Maru, for US$550,000, to start a liner service from Bombay to Hodeidah in the Red Sea. The ship was renamed Rizcun Hasanun 2024 DWT. It was the start of the group’s ship owning business, which continued till November 2006.
1979
The group purchased its second ship, MV Rizcun Hong Kong 15,000 DWT, for US$5,200,000...
The group purchased its second ship, MV Rizcun Hong Kong 15,000 DWT, for US$5,200,000.
1980
During the Iran-Iraq war the group’s precious vessel MV Rizcun Hong Kong, was restrained and prevented from sailing out of Koralzubair by the Iraqi authorities...
On 22 September, the new shipping venture was seriously threatened. During the Iran-Iraq war the group’s precious vessel MV Rizcun Hong Kong, was restrained and prevented from sailing out of Koralzubair by the Iraqi authorities. It was laid up for eight years until Iraqi government released her.
1981
Branch office opened in Jeddah and is since closed...
Branch office opened in Jeddah and is since closed.
1982
Branch office opened in Dallas and is since closed...
Branch office opened in Dallas and is since closed.
1983
Orient Ship Management was formed to provide crewing and technical services....
Orient Ship Management was formed to provide crewing and technical services.
1984
A 50/50 partnership agreement was concluded with Wong Hang and a new company, Abdoolally Eastrex Ltd, was established to strengthen contacts in China...
A 50/50 partnership agreement was concluded with Wong Hang and a new company, Abdoolally Eastrex Ltd, was established to strengthen contacts in China. The first deal was to sell 20,000 Gold Star colour television sets from Korea to China.
1985
The group entered into trading of scrap vessels...
Seeing Asian scrap values were considerably higher than those in Europe, the group entered into trading of scrap vessels. The first vessel – laid up in Europe with cargo to demolition areas in Asia - the firm purchased “ St Nicholas,” which was later renamed “Santa Claus”. When Lloyds underwriters were asked to insure her, they never replied thinking it was a joke!
1986
Orient Ship Management Ltd was sold and replaced by United Ship Management...
Orient Ship Management Ltd was sold and replaced by United Ship Management. The subsidiary was entrusted with technical management, maintenance and repair of the group’s growing number of vessels.
1986
For the first time, the group started exhibiting at trade fairs in Japan...
For the first time, the group started exhibiting at trade fairs in Japan. After more than 20 years, the group still trades with its first clients from Japan.
1986
The group sold water squirters to iconic Japanese brand Sanrio...
The group sold water squirters to iconic Japanese brand Sanrio.
1987
The group was awarded with a Silver Frying Pan Trophy from one of its suppliers, for the sale of one million pieces of Teflon II aluminum frying pans to Japan...
The group was awarded with a Silver Frying Pan Trophy from one of its suppliers, for the sale of one million pieces of Teflon II aluminum frying pans to Japan. During 1982-1989 the firm enjoyed up to 20% of non-stick cookware market share in Japan.
1987
The group started sales of the movie viewer and obtained licenses for various blockbusters in children’s animation, leading to eventual sales exceeding one million pieces...
The group started sales of the movie viewer and obtained licenses for various blockbusters in children’s animation, leading to eventual sales exceeding one million pieces. In 1991, the group licensed the English Premiere League giants, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs for the movie viewer.
1988
Abdoolally Ebrahim Company (HK) Limited suffered another split...
Abdoolally Ebrahim Company (HK) Limited suffered another split. At the time the major shareholders were five brothers in the Abdeally Noordin family, including Shaikh Jaffer, the chairman at the time. The four brothers offered to buy out the chairman. Shaikh Jaffer was able to arrange an interest free loan in complete accord with Islamic principles and acquired the company on 12 August.
1988
Shaikh Jaffer became the only shareholder of the group...
Under the benediction of Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (T.U.S), the current spiritual leader and the 52nd Dai-uI-Mutlag of the Dawoodi Bohra community, Shaikh Jaffer became the only shareholder of the group. It is under his benevolence and guidance that the company continues to prosper.
1988
Taha Ebrahim was appointed director of the housewares division...
Taha Ebrahim was appointed director of the housewares division. Housewares was re-established as a consumer product division with four departments listing over 25,000 items of household goods, hardware and giftware. Four distinct market niches were regularly serviced: own-label distributors, manufacturers, importers and mail order.
1988
The group delivered over 50 million bamboo leaves to Japan from China in reefer containers for the Japanese hospitality industry...
The group delivered over 50 million bamboo leaves to Japan from China in reefer containers for the Japanese hospitality industry.
1988
The group took part in the Toy Fair in Hong Kong for the first time...
The group took part in the Toy Fair in Hong Kong for the first time. It was an important venue to build sales for the Movie Viewer.
1989
Paradise Chopper was a new design created for chopping onions and vegetables...
Paradise Chopper was a new design created for chopping onions and vegetables. The sales were particularly successful in the Middle East.
1989
The group supplied numerous emergency lanterns from China into Egypt and Asean countries between 1989 to 1994...
The group supplied numerous emergency lanterns from China into Egypt and Asean countries between 1989 to 1994. They were mainly sold in the countryside, where there was a power shortage problem.
1990
Asarwa Mills appointed the group as their exclusive distributor for its Tulip cotton brand for the Hong Kong market...
Asarwa Mills appointed the group as their exclusive distributor for its Tulip cotton brand for the Hong Kong market. The company has imported many brands of cotton yarn on an exclusive basis in the past and in the present day.
1990
Between 1990 to 1993, the group sourced palm oil from Malaysia and exported it within Asean countries for the direct consumption in cooking by the local population...
Between 1990 to 1993, the group sourced palm oil from Malaysia and exported it within Asean countries for the direct consumption in cooking by the local population.
1990
Between 1990 to 1995, the group traded in cloves used mainly for cooking...
Between 1990 to 1995, the group traded in cloves used mainly for cooking.
1990
The group imported polypropylene to supply factories mainly producing PP bags...
The group imported polypropylene to supply factories mainly producing PP bags.
1990
The group exported pulses from Asean and China...
The group exported pulses from Asean and China. The group was ranked one of the top 10 exporters in Asean in 2000, and one of the top 5 exporters in 2008.
1990
Between 1990 and 1996, the group was involved extensively in the timber trade...
Between 1990 and 1996, the group was involved extensively in the timber trade, especially teak and gurjan, transporting shiploads from West Africa and Asean to India.
1991
Between 1991 and 1993, the group continued to supply to Egpyt many household appliances...
Between 1991 and 1993, the group continued to supply to Egpyt many household appliances, including kitchenware, electric irons, sewing machines, rechargeable lanterns, and ceiling fans. Business was thriving, with the company delivering over 50 containers per month.
1991
Between 1991 – 1995, the group exported Niger seeds from Asean to Europe and the United States of America...
Between 1991 – 1995, the group exported Niger seeds from Asean to Europe and the United States of America. Used as bird feed in the West, this product was unknown in the local market in Asean. Interestingly, pulses consumed by people in the Indian Subcontinent were being sold at a quarter of the price of these bird feeds.
1991
The group started working regularly with the Conti Group - later acquired by ADM – to offer freight services ...
The group started working regularly with the Conti Group - later acquired by ADM – to offer freight services to move 500,000 tons of rice per year from Asian ports to African ports. The service lasted 8 years.
1992
The group celebrated its 150th Anniversary...
The group celebrated its 150th Anniversary. To commemorate the event it created gold and silver coins bearing the newly adopted motto, “Our Word is Our Bond”, which was given away as gifts to all our business associates to mark the occasion. Made of solid silver with rich red enamel, the coin measured 52 mm in diameter and weighed 72 gram. Historically, the figures 52 and 72 are of special significance to the Dawoodi Bohra community.
1992
The late chairman Shaikh Jaffer and wife Nematullah at the 150th Anniversary celebration...
The late chairman Shaikh Jaffer and wife Nematullah at the 150th Anniversary celebration.
1992
The group imported GI plain and corrugated sheets...
The group imported GI plain and corrugated sheets for roof construction in both commercial and residential buildings.
1993
The group supplied its first order of steel bars imported from India...
The group supplied its first order of steel bars imported from India.
1994
The group invested in a joint venture: Videosnap. Marketed in the United Arab Emirates...
The group invested in a joint venture: Videosnap. Marketed in the United Arab Emirates, it was a campaign ahead of its time.
1995
The group began campaigning for corporate social responsibility...
The group began campaigning for corporate social responsibility, which lead to the late Managing Director Shaikh Jaffer joining the “Clean Beaches” initiative.
1995
Branch offices opened in Karachi...
Branch offices opened in Karachi
1996
The group started product design as a separate discipline within the housewares division...
The group started product design as a separate discipline within the housewares division. This then led to the opening of a new design studio in 2005.
1996
The group imported sugar into Asean countries, marking the first time ever a shipload of sugar was imported into the particular region...
The group imported sugar into Asean countries, marking the first time ever a shipload of sugar was imported into the particular region. Curiously, as our vessel arrived, an export cargo filled with sugar supply from the Government was just about to set sail.
1997
Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (T.U.S.) was a guest at the residence of the firm’s then Chairman Shaikh Jaffer A. Ebrahim...
Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (T.U.S.) honoured the group by visiting during his stay in Hong Kong, where he was a guest at the residence of the firm’s then Chairman Shaikh Jaffer A. Ebrahim. This picture most memorably depicts six generations of the family.
2000
The group exhibited at the Chicago Housewares Show for the first time...
The group exhibited at the Chicago Housewares Show for the first time. Each concurrent year after, the group gained important new contacts for trade to North America.
2001
The housewares division developed the first ODM kitchen range, Elypto...
The housewares division developed the first ODM kitchen range, Elypto.
2002
Shaikh Jaffer, at the age of 75, led the group into a new venture in iron ore trading from India to China...
Leveraging the group’s shipping expertise, Shaikh Jaffer, at the age of 75, led the group into a new venture in iron ore trading from India to China. By 2007 the group was shipping over 800,000 metric tons of iron ore annually.
2004
Branch office was opened in Shanghai...
Branch office was opened in Shanghai
2005
The business was corporatized and renamed Abdoolally Ebrahim Group, transforming the former company from a family-business culture to that of a contemporary corporation...
The business was corporatized and renamed Abdoolally Ebrahim Group, transforming the former company from a family-business culture to that of a contemporary corporation. Steered by the 5th generation leader of the company Taha Ebrahim, this marks the first step of a major internal re-organization, that is set to lay a solid foundation for future growth.
2005
Branch office was opened in Mumbai...
Branch office was opened in Mumbai
2006
November 2006, the group sold the last ship in its fleet...
November 2006, the group sold the last ship in its fleet. Since 1978, the group has bought and sold close to 50 ships.
2006
Branch office was opened in Shenzhen...
Branch office was opened in Shenzhen
2006
AEG developed and distributed the world’s most compact food chopper...
AEG developed and distributed the world’s most compact food chopper.
2006
Abdoolally House underwent extensive renovation and expanded usage of space from three to five floors...
As part of an effort to bring better working environments to the group’s team members and to renew the brand image of AEG, Abdoolally House underwent extensive renovation and expanded usage of space from three to five floors.
2007
Taha Ebrahim became the Group CEO from 1st January, 2008...
The group re-organized senior management structures to include one Group CEO, three CEOs to each of the commodities, textiles and housewares divisions, one CFO, plus a group HR & Admin manager. Taha Ebrahim became the Group CEO from 1st January, 2008.
2007
In Range, a line of cookware conceived in collaboration with Dexam UK and designed by AEG designers, won both the Excellence in Cookware and the Cutting Edge awards at the Excellence in Housewares Awards in October 2007...
In Range, a line of cookware conceived in collaboration with Dexam UK and designed by AEG designers, won both the Excellence in Cookware and the Cutting Edge awards at the Excellence in Housewares Awards in October 2007. It was the only cookware collection that combines the different materials best suited to different cooking methods in one, coordinated range.
2008
HSBC made a video for promotional use showcasing Abdoolally as its oldest surviving client in the world...
HSBC made a video for promotional use showcasing Abdoolally as its oldest surviving client in the world.
2008
The iron ore market hit a major crisis with prices falling by 50%, AEG survived intact due to its cautious business practice...
The iron ore market hit a major crisis with prices falling by 50%, AEG survived intact due to its cautious business practice.
2008
Branch office was opened in Dalian...
Branch office was opened in Dalian
2008
The housewares division regularly participated at the Hong Kong Housewares Fair...
The housewares division regularly participated at the Hong Kong Housewares Fair.
2008
In summer 2008, Group CEO Taha Ebrahim led an offsite workshop with the management team to analyze, uncover and develop the group’s core values ...
Values are considered a living element and evolving foundation behind every business decision. In summer 2008, Group CEO Taha Ebrahim led an offsite workshop with the management team to analyze, uncover and develop the group’s core values which later led to the workshop in March 2009 with many team members from around the world.
2009
Branch office was opened in Goa...
Branch office was opened in Goa
2009
As part of an effort to corporatize the organization, a policy and practice handbook and a five-year plan was completed to guide the group through its growth for the next five years...
As part of an effort to corporatize the organization, a policy and practice handbook and a five-year plan was completed to guide the group through its growth for the next five years.
2009
Branch office was opened in Vancouver...
Branch office was opened in Vancouver
2010
AEG developed 8 leadership competencies which was cascaded in the group...
Core competencies are extremely important success factors for all corporate companies. Over workshops held in 2009 and 2010, AEG developed 8 leadership competencies which was cascaded in the group.
2010
Branch office was opened in Delhi...
Branch office was opened in Delhi
2010
‘Brand Me’ was registered as a vehicle to capitalize on our Imagineering department and to lift ODM sales in the housewares division...
‘Brand Me’ was registered as a vehicle to capitalize on our Imagineering department and to lift ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) sales in the housewares division.
2010
A processing plant for pulses and beans was opened in Malaysia...
A processing plant for pulses and beans was opened in Malaysia.
2010
The group’s first ever ex-mine iron-ore cargo was loaded onto MV Fleet Phoenix...
The group’s first ever ex-mine iron-ore cargo was loaded onto MV Fleet Phoenix. It marks the start of a growth in origination business in metals and minerals trading.
2010
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) awarded AEG the Loyalty Award in recognition for its 20 consecutive years of participation at the fair...
Celebrating the 25th anniversary for its Housewares Fair, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) awarded AEG the Loyalty Award in recognition for its 20 consecutive years of participation at the fair.
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