Chronological Activities

Chronological activities and innovations our group underwent during the last 50 years:

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2018
May 14

1962

We were the first to use live steam to moisten unfermented oriental tobacco in Greece in our own factory in Thessaloniki, Greece.
May 14

1963

We had orders from American tobacco, BAT, Reynolds, PM, Brinkmann.
May 14

1964

We started growing Burley and Virginia in Greece.
May 14

1965

We build our own 10.000 m2 redrying plant in Alexandria Greece.
May 14

1966

We were the first to develop soft drying for Orientals in Greece for BAT Germany.
May 14

1967

Started large exports to Egypt and Germany.
May 14

1968

We taught to grow the Hungarian state Monopoly through a joint venture agreement Burley.
May 14

1969

Started transferring our main activity from Greece to Italy and Made TABITALIA srl.
May 14

1970

We started growing tobacco in Italy Verona FCV and in Caserta Burley.
May 14

1971

Introduced growing of German Badischer Geudertheimer later called IBG (DAC) in north Italy.
May 14

1972

Went to Moldova UDSSR as technical advisor of an Italian subcontractor to solve agronomical problems that appeared in growing Tobacco for the factory in Chisinau, which produced also Marlboro.
May 14

1973

Sold from Verona FCV for the first time to Phillip Morris 2.000 ton.
May 14

1974

Made, planned and participated financially to the second threshing plant in Italy, in the Verona area.
May 14

1975

Entered the Rumanian Market with Italian Tobacco.
May 14

1976

Started Export to Egypt, Libya and Maghreb of Italian tobacco.
May 14

1978

Started I/III tonga manipulation in Lecce for Italian Orientals and started soft drying in Italy.
May 14

1980

Started growing, packing and selling Havanna and IBG in the Benevento and Caserta Area.
May 14

1981

Started experiments to produce organic fertilizers in Malta.
May 14

1982

Started Growing directly 150 ha of FCV in Verona with high nicotine varieties.
May 14

1984

Build our factory in Malta for the production of Nicofert and first export of 3000 tons to DUBAI.
May 14

1985

Long-term contract for the supply of Nicofert to the Al Naboodah Group Dubai (We still supply today 2012).
May 14

1986

Bought participation in Italian biotechnological company to acquire necessary know-how on Fermentations.
May 14

1987

Started exclusive Export to Rumania and Albania from Italy of low grade tobacco in large quantities (8.000ton).
May 14

1988

Started buying from Lebanon tobacco and processing it in Italy. Export to Russia.
May 14

1989

Started exporting large (2.000 tons a year) quantities in the US of IBG fermented and worked in our Malta factory.
May 14

1990

Imported 8.000 tons of Italian tobacco into Rumania from Italy. Transferred stocks from Malta to Romania. Started closing Malta.
May 14

1991

Started from Rumania, export to Cuba 2000 tons, Russia 2000 tons, Moldova 1500 tons and made long time agreement of supply with Rumanian state Monopoly and started supplying over 10.000tons a year till 1999 when Rumanian Monopoly was privatized.
May 14

1992

Started planning and building primary factory in Rumania and started packing tobacco in Moldova and Ukraine and exporting cigarettes made of our tobacco to Uzbekistan.
May 14

1993

Started producing and selling cut rag in Rumania and ex Russian countries.
May 14

1994

Started importing into Rumania from Greece and Bulgaria and selling mainly to Rumanian monopoly.
May 14

1995

Started importing through multinationals Indian tobacco to Rumania.
May 14

1996

Started producing cigarettes in our own factory in Rumania and selling on the local market, reached a maximum of sales of 100.000.000 pieces a month and sold factory (main brand ROXBORO) with contract of supply of tobacco cut rag for 3 years.
May 14

1997

Started producing RYO in pouches 50 grams reached a production and sale of 10 tons a month and sold our shares. N.B. our experience in the retail distribution was negative due to the price fight with the major multies.
May 14

1998

Started large sales to Moldovian Tutun Chisinau factory 3000 tons.
May 14

1999

Our CEO had a devastating car accident but survived.
May 14

2000

Company started preparing the management of the next generation due to accident of CEO Peter Buchner.
May 14

2001

Rumanian Monopoly is put up for sale and total privatization, Last important supplies are made by our group to Rumania.
May 14

2002

The new management entered the Russian. Byelorussian and Ukrainian Market and continued supplying the Rumanian Market to a lesser extent. Started sales of Cut rag to Dubai, and to small factories in Rumania.
May 14

2003

Started sales of cut rag into Ukraine and Moldova and expanded sales into Rumania started growing on Own land 150 Hectares Burley in Rumania.
May 14

2005

Closed down completely Rumanian Venture and transferred all activities to Italy.
May 14

2006

Participated to put up new redrying line and blended strip processing line in Italy.
May 14

2007

Went to Bulgaria to try the production of Blended strips with Bulgarian Tobacco but encountered big technical problems due to the natural bacterial/mycotic flora present on Bulgarian territory.
May 14

2008

Started transfer to the republic of Moldova and local studies for direct growing and production of cut rag. Participated to put up new threshing line in Italy.
May 14

2009

Started in Moldova purchase of land and building, started investment, developed local organization. Put up Silos system in Italy and an automatic scrap cleaning line.
May 14

2010

Build Greenhouses for seedlings, drying barns and irrigation system for 200 ha. Started growing in Moldova.
May 14

2011

Build and started production of primary factory in Moldova and growing second year of 200 hectares. Expanded our production line in Italy with new vacuum Chamber and amplified Threshing line and stem processing line.
May 14

2012

Participated in Finland in a company for retail sale of Tobacco products and opened our first shop in Helsinki with tube filling machines and our own retail products.
May 14

2014

Development and production of bulk tobacco extracted e liquids. Development of tobacco brewery brand for European market.
May 14

2015

Building a new factory to produce and pack blended strips in Hungary for the production of up to 3000 kg an hour