New Premises for Salvo Grima Group

The Salvo Grima Group of companies has just launched new headquarters in Marsa, integrating its comprehensive range of operations with its fully-equipped logistical centre.

The Salvo Grima Group has been undergoing a period of steady growth in recent years, notably through its collaboration with British American Tobacco (BAT) and its recent acquisition of Vladex BV, a Dutch food distribution company based close to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.

Established in 1860, Salvo Grima Group is one of Malta’s oldest family-run businesses which employs over 70 people and is currently managed by a team which includes members of the sixth generation of the Grima family. It offers services in ship supplies, duty-free, travel retail and product distribution both in Malta and overseas.

“The move is designed to consolidate Salvo Grima Group’s Malta-based services and subsidiary companies to ensure greater efficiency and faster, more streamlined operations across all aspects of its business,” Group Chief Executive Officer Karl Aquilina explained.

He described the move to new headquarters as a major step forward for the Group, reflecting its dynamic approach and drive towards greater modernisation and delivering unsurpassed client service.

Apart from its 155 year pedigree in ship supply operations, the Salvo Grima Group also operates several duty-free travel retail outlets in port and airport locations in Malta and Palma de Mallorca.  The Group also offers a specialised super-yacht premium supply service.

Further information can be obtained from: The Group’s new address is: Salvo Grima Group, Marina Milling Complex, Industrial Estate, Marsa – MRS 3000.

New Logistics Business Section launched at Malta Chamber of Commerce

Salvo Grima Group chairman Robert C. Aquilina has just been elected chairman of the newly-launched Logistics Business Section of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise. The new section aims to strengthen the logistics sector by giving it a unified voice to propose ideas and solutions for structured growth.

During the launch, Mr. Aquilina noted that Malta was experiencing an unprecedented growth in the logistics sector, which underlined the timeliness of setting up such a committee. “I am happy to once again be of service to the business community as Chairman of this committee within the Malta Chamber. I intend to lead the vastly experienced members of the committee for the benefit of the sector and the Maltese economy in general” said Mr Aquilina.

The five-member committee is composed of Mr. Robert C Aquilina (Salvo Grima Group) as Chairman, Mr. David Fleri Soler (Express Trailers Ltd) as Deputy Chairman, and Mr. Hugh Arrigo (Attard & Co Industrial Ltd), Mr. Pierre Attard (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) and Mr. Ronald Attard (EY) as members.Election of representatives took place on 23rd August 2016.

Record number of Super Yachts at Vittoriosa Grand Harbour Marina

Grand Harbour Marina hosted 159 super yachts last year, an increase compared to 2014. The increase has been attributed to awareness of the spectacular views and great facilities.

“Undoubtedly, the location of Grand Harbour Marina set against the timeless backdrop of historical fortifications of Fort St Angelo and Valletta make our marina one of the most spectacular in the region,” Grand Harbour Marina chairman Lawrence Zammit told the Times of Malta. Mr Zammit said that the marina’s “top notch” services, as well as its proximity to amenities further contributed to its popularity with super yacht owners and crews.

New CEO appointed to head Salvo Grima Group

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed by the Salvo Grima Group Board of Directors. Mr Karl Aquilina has been selected to head Salvo Grima Group with effect from 1st May 2016, in line with the Group’s succession policy and long-term strategy.

Mr K Aquilina, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cardiff, has formed part of the Group Executive Management team as Chief Commercial Officer since 2014 and has been instrumental in setting up business ventures in Palma de Mallorca and the Netherlands, as well as strengthening the Group’s super yacht industry services and setting up the Group’s new logistical centre.

The outgoing CEO, Mr Robert C Aquilina, will remain Chairman of the Group. Mr R C Aquilina has, over the years, spearheaded the Group’s diversification and expansion beyond Malta’s shores.

Salvo Grima Chairman interviewed by CountryProfiler Magazine

Salvo Grima Group Chairman and CEO Robert C. Aquilina and Senior Manager Joseph Peregin have been interviewed by MaltaProfile magazine, outlining the firm’s achievements and its strategy for the years ahead . The full interview text can be read here. MaltaProfile is published by CountryProfiler, an international media company which specialises in the publication of country reports and investment guides on the world’s most innovative and high growth markets for trade, foreign investment and international financial services.

Malta Airport Ranks 2nd in Europe

Malta International Airport has ranked in second place in the Best Airport by Region (Europe) category for airports with over two million passengers per year according to the 2015 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. MIA was among 97 European airports surveyed. Malta International Airport shared its achievement with Dublin (25 million passengers/year), Prague (12m passengers) and Zurich (26m passengers). See full article here. Photo credit: (c) Malta International Airport plc.

Record 14% increase in Malta Ship Registration

The Maltese Register of Shipping has registered an increase of almost 8.3 million gross tonnage representing a growth rate of 14.3% over the previous year, according to statistics issued by Transport Malta.

As at end of December 2015, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 66.2 million gross tons. These statistics represent record figures for the Malta Flag and a significant achievement for the Malta Flag Administration, since over 900 ships for a total gross tonnage of over 12 million tons were registered during the year.

These results continued to consolidate Malta’s position as the leading Ship Register in Europe and the 6th largest in the world.