Salvo Grima History

Salvatore Grima the founder

Origins 1860
Salvatore Grima acquires the British ship chandling firm McDowall & Co after working there for several years. He sets up Salvo Grima & Sons.

The Second Generation 1905
Salvatore Grima remained in office as Managing Director until 1905. He was succeeded by his son, Michael Grima, who remained at the helm until 1935.

Victor Grima

The Succession 1935
Michael Grima’s son Victor L. Grima takes over the company, subsequently passing it on to his five children: Vida Naudi, Mona Aquilina, Vera Aquilina Clews, Countess Enid Preziosi and JoJo P Grima. Upon his retirement, his daughter Vera Aquilina Clews runs the firm.

Medina Offshore Services 1983
Salvo Grima Group set up Medina Offshore Services with the purpose of supplying products and services to the oil and gas industry in Libya.

Duty Free

Duty Free 1984
Salvo Grima Group enters the travel retail market with the Malta’s first duty-free outlet at the Valletta Harbour, providing a range of tobaccos, spirits, perfumes, skincare, cosmetics and electronic items.

Tripoli International Airport 1992
Salvo Grima Group opens the Sabratha shop in the Tripoli International Airport as part of a four-way partnership between Maltese, German and Libyan partners.

Malta Freeport warehouse

Industrial Logistics Warehouse 1992
Salvo Grima Group was the first company to establish an industrial logistics warehouse within the Warehousing Distripark of the Freeport in 1992, just a few years after the port itself was opened.

Duty Free at Malta International Airport 1992
Salvo Grima Group opens the Sabratha shop in the Tripoli International Airport as part of a four-way partnership between Maltese, German and Libyan partners.

Duty Free
Salvo Grima office 2003

New Premises 2003
Salvo Grima Group changes premises for the first time since Salvatore Grima began using 12, Barriera Wharf, Valletta. The company now operates from 187, Pinto House, Wine pressers Wharf, Marsa.

Super Yacht Supplies 2003
Also this year, Salvo Grima sets up a division to cater exclusively to the needs of superyachts.

Salvogrima Yacht History
Palma outlet

Travel Retail Outlets open in Spain 2014
Salvo Grima Group opens four duty-free shops in the Palma De Mallorca Cruise Terminals, serving 1.4 million travelers every year.

Acquisition of Vladex BV 2015
Salvo Grima Group acquires Dutch wholesale firm Vladex BV based in Middleharnis, close to Rotterdam and Antwerp.

vladex bv warehouse
Karl J Aquilina CEO

New CEO for Salvo Grima Group 2016
Salvo Grima Group appoints Karl Aquilina as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Karl is part of the sixth generation of the Grima family.

Marsa Offices 2017
2017 saw the Group move away from the original base in Valletta to a more strategic location close to our warehouses.

Salvo Grima New Office in Marsa
kigali rwanda

Rwanda / Djibouti 
During 2019/2020, the Group ventured into new African territory and established business partnerships and logistics hubs for exciting new opportunities.