Our story began in 1965

When you start out in business you can afford to be a bit reckless as there’s nothing to lose, but when you’ve built up a company, your focus needs to change to protect what you’ve created.
Jim Thompson, Crown Chairman

Our story began over five decades ago, from humble beginnings, when Jim Thompson started the company and our first ever shipment set sail in Japan.

Since then we’ve grown into an extraordinary global business that has helped millions of families relocate their lives throughout the world. We’ve supported company assignments, transported priceless art collections and kept vast amounts of company data and records safe.



  • 1965

    The company is born in Yokohama, Japan

  • 1970-1972

    Expansion into Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii and the Philippines. Acquisition of Dean Forwarding from Colombia Export Packers.

  • 1976

    First expansion outside of the Pacific Rim in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

  • 1987-1989

    Further expansion in Hong Kong, plus into the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, by purchasing Scotpac.

  • 1998-1999

    Branches open in India, Russia and across South and Central America. Acquisition of Lavanchy means growth into Switzerland, France and Italy.

  • 2001

    Bali was Crown's third office in Indonesia.

  • 2006

    Acquisition of SIRVA UK’s Business Services Division, one of the largest in the company’s history.

  • 2007 - 2009

    Branches open in Tanzania and Nigeria. A new Ultracenter facility opens in Beijing, China.

  • 2010 – 2012

    Purchase of both Oxford Exhibition Services, a UK Fine Art Company, and John Nurminen Prima (JNP), a strong European Fine Art Logistics organization.

  • 2013

    A tenth branch opened in Coimbatore, India.

  • 2015

    Crown celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • 2017

    Acquisition of the records management business from Allied Pickfords in Malaysia.

  • 2018

    Acquisitions of Fusion Workplace Services (FIL) and Premier Workplace Services.

  • 2019

    Strategic expansion into workplace change projects with the global launch of Crown Workspace.

People behind Crown

A united company, working together to provide our customers with an exceptional experience.

Meet the Leadership Team