Salvo Grima History
Salvatore Grima acquires the British ship chandling firm McDowall & Co. after working there for several years. He sets up Salvo Grima & Sons; based at No. Twelve, Barriera Wharf, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour.
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.
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 ran the firm until the early seventies.
The Fifth Generation 1970s, Into The New Millennium
From 1974 onwards, Salvo Grima Group was run by the fifth generation of the Grima family and directors were Michael Aquilina Clews , Robert Aquilina , Ilona Naudi, followed by Vincent Borg-Carbott and later joined by the first non family board member, Ian Camilleri. During this period, Robert C. Aquilina served the Group as CEO.
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 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.
Salvo Grima Freeport Operations 1988
Upon the launch of Malta Freeport at the port of Marsaxlokk in 1988, Salvo Grima opened warehousing facilities within the transshipment and logistic centre to provide a strategically located and integrated distribution centre for its clients.
Photo credit Malta Freeport