Company founder Edoardo Pellegrini Petit established Attard & Co in 1921. The partnership was named after Edoardo`s wife, whose maiden surname was Attard. From day one, the organisation dealt with diversified trades. Operating from their first office in Strada Federico, Valletta, Attard & Co. were in the business of insurance, photography, Dutch chocolates, gin and matches.
Foto Prodotti Gevaert contacts Edoardo Pellegrini Petit to become the official representatives of Fotoprodotti Gevaert here in Malta. This marked the year that Attard & Co entered the ‘photo products’ line of business. Imports in the early days consisted of photographic films, x-ray films, and photographic paper. Foto Prodotti Gevaert eventually became known as Agfa–Geveart after the merger with German company AGFA AG.
Attard & Co is appointed agent for Union Assurance, later to be known as Commercial Union Assurance.
Foto Prodotti Gevaert contacts Edoardo Pellegrini Petit to become the official representatives of Fotoprodotti Gevaert here in Malta. This marked the year that Attard & Co entered the ‘photo products’ line of business. Imports in the early days consisted of photographic films, x-ray films and photographic paper. Foto Prodotti Gevaert eventually became known as Agfa–Geveart after the merger with German company AGFA AG.
Edoardo Pellegrini Petit meets with Lieven Gevaert, the founder of the renowned photo firm, at the World Exhibition in Brussels.
Joseph Pellegrini Petit, second-born son of Edoardo commences his business career and starts administering company affairs following founder Edoardo’s demise at the age of 63. Though his company was still young, the company had grown exponentially by 1945 under the prodigious direction of Edoardo.
1952 is a significant year in the organisation’s history as it marks the occasion the company acquired offices in the country’s capital, Valletta. In post-war Malta, business was already booming and by 1952 Attard & Co was on a progressive growth path. Valletta was the main business hub at the time and under new direction, Attard & Co moved to a new and more spacious office closer to the city gate.
The first-ever photocopier to reach Maltese shores bore the Lumoprint marque. Imported by Attard’s sister firm G.D. Laferla, the technology prevalent at the time had been diffusion transfer. Gevaert “Copyrapid” sensitised papers came into widespread use in offices.
Attard & Co is appointed agents for yet another leading brand, Wild Heerbrugg Ltd., of Switzerland, later to become Leica. Post-war Malta was developing fast, new buildings were developing on the skyline and the demand for architects and draughtsmen`s materials was on the rise. Towards the end of the year, Attard & Co. further diversifies its portfolio further and enters the surveying, microscopy, and precision instruments line for the first time as agents for Wild Heerbrugg Ltd., of Switzerland.
The merger between the two giant photo firms Agfa and Gevaert is announced. Attard & Co. are appointed sole agents for all products supplied by Gevaert Photo-Producten N.V. (est 1894), Mortsel, Belgium as well as of Agfa AG (est 1867) Leverkusen and Munich, Germany.
Agfacolor Laboratory is earmarked as one of two early colour film processing laboratories to start operations in Malta.
Another of Edoardo’s sons, George Pellegrini Petit joins the firm in a new administrative capacity. Next in line to his brother Joseph, George joins Attard & Co to support the growing family business.
As the colour film processing business continued to boom, Agfacolor Laboratory moves premises to Granaries Street, Floriana. The decision to move was based on the fact that Attard & Co had purchased new, state of the art equipment which required larger premises.
1971 – 1975 : Minolta GmbH appoints Attard and Co Ltd as their official agents in Malta.
This year marked yet another strategic turn for the company. Cesare Fiorucci S.p.A., the leading Italian label for fine processed meats, and later, cheeses, accepts Attard & Co. to represent its interest in Malta on an exclusive basis. This representation allowed the company to enter the foodstuffs line of business, further diversifying its product portfolio. That same year, the youngest two Pellegrini Petit brothers, Walter and Tonio, met with Signor D`Antona, who later became their commission agent after introducing them to Cesare Fiorucci.
Compugraphic Corporation, Wilmington, U.S.A. becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agfa-Gevaert. Attard & Co. are appointed sole agents for the world’s leading brand of phototypesetters (later to become imagesetters) and takes the plunge into the world of electronic prepress technologies in the field of Graphics.
Attard & Co Ltd, the company as we know it today is established. The co-owners and partners of Attard & Co. set up a limited liability company by the new name of Attard & Co. Ltd.
Towards the end of the year, Italian coffee maker Saquella appoints Attard & Co to distribute its coffee in the local market as sole agents. The introduction of this leading brand was part of the natural progression of the foodstuffs line.
Company Administration is entrusted to family members belonging to the third generation. Edward Martin is designated company Managing Director.
In March 1994, Agfa presents Attard & Co`s Graphic Division with the International trophy, a bronze cantering horse, for outstanding performance in introducing Accuset and electronic prepress systems here in Malta. This trophy of recognition bestows particular significance as a cantering horse is a champion, a symbol of strength, prestige, and elegance.
The Industrial business line is launched amid cautious deliberation. Diversification into yet another line of business, this arm of the company provided products and services for the support of the construction industry The overseas markets branch of Attard & Co. (Industrial) Ltd., would later emanate with the setting up of the first base on foreign soil in Tripoli, Libya. Today the group boasts a number of different and diverse subsidiary operations and looks towards extending its portfolio as industries evolve and advance.
Attard & Co Industrial establish the Supplier Managed Inventory (SMI) Division offering 3rd party logistics to Malta’s only microelectronics manufacturer. This was a successful entrance into the services sector and a business that has shown us to be flexible, dedicated, and constant in the quality of our service.
Inspired by Agfa’s International trophy award of 1994, Attard Group adopts the cantering horse as its corporate logo on January 31st. During the same year, two awards for excellence are presented to Attard & Co`s Scientific Division by GBC as well as The Leica Microscopy Group respectively for excelling in sales of equipment in 1994.
The Photo Division within Attard & Co. Ltd. obtains sole agency representation for Olympus Optical Co. (UK) Ltd. cameras.
Christopher Busuttil Delbridge joins the Attard & Co Industrial family under the MSES Division
Attard & Co. Industrial is appointed exclusive agent for Buffa Srl of Sicily. A leading manufacturer for external and internal finishes, waterproofing, paints and plasters.
On February 29th 2000, Attard & Co Foodstuffs becomes the third business group to be spun off as a separate entity. Attard & Co. Ltd. remains the parent company and now holds vested interests in 3 subsidiaries: Attard & Co. (Photolabs) Ltd., Attard & Co. (Industrial) Ltd. and Attard & Co. (Foodstuffs) Ltd. Yet a fourth subsidiary would be formed in 2002.
Waters Inc. and Millipore Inc. are among the first big brands awarding business partner status to Evolve, setting the scene for high-quality brands and service.
In June 2001 the Foodstuffs Business Group begins to trade in wines and spirits as it widens its brand and product portfolios by obtaining jurisdiction over a variety of fine wine labels and liquors such as Michele Chiarlo, Sella & Mosca, Guigal, Vigna San Pedro, Simonsig and Peter Lehmann.
On December 28th 2001 Attard & Co. Ltd. vacates its Valletta offices in South Street after 50 years of corporate activity and inaugurates its new premises at Canter House, Marsa, which becomes its official seat. By 2001 Attard & Co. Ltd. employed a total of 100 persons. The decision was made to move to a much larger premises in Marsa, an ideal location on the main arterial roads between the airport and Valletta. Once again inspired by the recognition trophy of the Cantering Horse, the new premises was given the name Canter House, later to be known as Canter Business Centre.
Management responds to new perils in Graphics and forms a new enterprise Attard & Co. (ImageExcel) Ltd. for the purpose of offering Computer-to-Plate services to printing establishments.
Attard & Co. Ltd. unveils its first presence on the World Wide Web
World Express Logistics Ltd. was established to offer freight and logistics services for worldwide destinations.
Michael Scerri CPAA appointed as the new Chairman for the Attard & Co Group
IIM Business Consultants Ltd was established to offer a range of services which would facilitate business ventures in Malta, the Mediterranean basin and North Africa.
Evolve Ltd. is established to meet the requirements of laboratory-dependent organisations through innovative and well-adapted products and services. The organisation is today one of the local leaders in laboratory set ups and high tech equipment sourcing.
On the 2nd June 2006 Attard & Co. Imaging is established in order to focus on the provision of specialised imaging services to the printing industry in Malta.
T4B Services Ltd. was established in order to offer services in the building finishing industry. The company focuses on successfully completing buildings past the construction stage while adding value to a property.
The company acquires the Mriehel land – 3800sqm land. The land was bought as an investment property.
Anchor Maritime services was set up to offer ship and liner agency services.
On October 15th 2010, Prosecure was set up as a subsidiary company to Attard & Co Industrial in order to provide specialised solutions for the Defence, Security and Forensic industries.
Evolve restructured for growth into three departments: Medical & Diagnostics Department, Scientific Department and Technical Services Department.
VAST Services was launched as a division of Attard & Co Industrial to offer value-added sales and technology services to the European market on behalf of Asian partners.
The new Attard and Co web portal is launched to strengthen the online portfolio of Attard & Co Ltd. as a Group.
Luciano Mule Stagno appointed as the new Chairman for the Attard & Co Group
Rebranding of IIM Business Consultants Ltd which is now known as Firstbridge Services Ltd. It welcomes on board Mr Dean Micallef as a Managing Director of the company. Firstbridge offers financial corporate support through tailor-made solutions, serving as a bridge between our clients’ financial requirements and goals.
Dean Micallef appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer for the Attard & Co Group
Evolve Ltd design and build of the largest independent pharmaceutical testing lab in Europe completed successfully. Evolve invests heavily in its infrastructure. ISO:9001 Quality Management System awarded to Evolve Ltd – the first in this sector in Malta. SalesForce becomes an integral part of Evolve’s operations.
Lotusgreen Cleaning Solutions Ltd was established under the Food group offering the sale and distribution of cleaning products.
Together with the world’s largest supplier of genetic testing equipment, Illumina Inc, Evolve installs Malta’s first Next-Generation Sequencing machine ushering in a new era of Molecular Biology for the benefit of clinicians and patients
World Express Logistics undergoes re-branding exercise
Kenneth Farrugia appointed as the new Chairman for the Attard & Co Group
Firstbridge Services Ltd acquires a Corporate Services Provider Licence
Firstbridge Services Ltd becomes certified licenced accountancy firm;
Evolve continues its Internationalisation efforts in sub-Saharan Africa as they commence in earnest, following numerous successful International projects in other various geographies.
The acquisition of International Merchants Ltd under the Food group
The Group launch a BI Platform in order to help facilitate the process of Financial reporting
Oval Brands Ltd introduce the electric scooter brand Miku Max
The JV Energy Max Invest was established under the Industrial group focusing on the Solar PV Industry
Sale of the Mriehel Property for Attard & Co for €3.2M
Firstbridge becomes a member of BOKS – a global alliance of top professionals and experts
Go Electric Ltd is established, focusing on importation and sale/lease or distribution of electric scooters
Introduction of 4th Generation Shareholders
Evolve builds the first ever EU-GMP compliant Medical Cannabis facility in Malta.
New warehouse in Qormi for T4B Services Ltd to manage buffer stock of building materials
Justine Marie Dingli becomes a Director on Attard & Co in succession of Edward Pellegrini Petit
Attard & Co Food Ltd opened its new Gozo establishment
World Express Logistics Ltd take over the (SMI) Supplier Managed Inventory Department from T4B Services Ltd.
Go Electric opens a new flagship store in Zebbug offering its scooters for retail