FACULTY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
NAME: KIPKOECH BENARD
REG NO: SC/0132/07
COURSE: INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT
COURSE CODE: SCS 499
DATE OF SUBMISSION: 6TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Established over 250 years ago, Finlays originated in Glasgow as a trader and manufacturer of cotton. During the second half of the 19th century, representatives were sent to India to plant tea and Finlays played an important role in the development of the industry there. Later, during the 1930s, the company expanded its tea business into Africa, establishing estates and production facilities which continue to form a major part of our business today. Finlays pioneered instant tea research, development and production in the 1960s, when the industry was still in its infancy.
Towards the end of the 20th century, cotton interests were replaced by financial services, onshore and offshore oil services, and a wide range of other businesses. By the early 1990s, however, we had reverted to concentrating on core tea and tea-related activities and we are today, an international company, principally focused on tea, although recent expansion has seen us move into rubber, flowers and fresh produce in Africa, Sri Lanka and China. As contemporary drinking patterns change and the enormous potential of tea as a healthy ingredient in other products is developed, we are at the forefront of producing and marketing tea extracts and aromas in addition to more traditional forms of processing. This is highlighted by significant recent investments in China and Kenya.
While Finlays continues to focus on its traditional agricultural activities, we have also expanded our various non-tea businesses, centred principally in Sri Lanka. These include the recent establishment of
Finlays was founded in 1750. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swire Group, the company has extensive tea and horticultural... [continues]
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