With over 170 years of history behind it, Swan and its sister brands are synonymous with the finest matches and smoking accessories.
1844William Bryant and Francis May went into partnership, supplying general provisions from London.
1850Bryant & May placed first order for matches from Swedish match manufacturers, Lundstrom of Jankoping.
1861Bryant & May set up manufacturing site at Fairfield Works, Bow in London to cope with demand for newly invented safety matches.
Between 1864 & 1868New 'strike anywhere' match was launched by Bryant & May.
1883'Swan wax matches' were launched.
1884Bryant & May was incorporated as a public company.
1906'Swan Vestas’ were launched - following the Bryant and May merger with the Diamond Match Company.
1917Swedish Match Company was formed.
1921Bryant & May acquired state of the art factory at Garston, Liverpool and another site in Leeds. At their peak, they also had sites in Glasgow and, via subsidiaries, in Gloucester and Belfast.
1927British Match Corporation (BMC) was formed - a collaboration between Bryant & May and Swedish Match.
1973BMC acquired Wilkinson Sword Ltd and changed its name to Wilkinson Match Ltd. It retained Bryant & May as a separate, named business.
Bryant & May started selling lighters.
1984Bryant & May started selling other tobacco accessories (lighter fluid, lighter gas etc) under the Swan brand name.
1985Swan cigarette papers were launched.
1994Liverpool factory closed and match manufacturing was transferred to the Swedish Match factory in Tidaholm.
1997On 1 January Bryant & May Ltd changed its name to Swedish Match Ltd.
2008In December Swedish Match AB sold the UK business to Republic Technologies International.
2009In February Swedish Match UK Ltd changed its name to Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd.
2012Major rebranding of Swan Papers and Filters.