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Imperial Tobacco

British multinational tobacco company headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom add

Category: Business (46)

Founded in 1901.

Countries: (32%), United Kingdom (27%), United States (9%)

Main connections: Tobacco, London Stock Exchange, Davidoff

Linked to: American Tobacco Company, Davidoff, Gauloises, Imperial Group Pension Trust Ltd v Imperial Tobacco Ltd




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The Imperial Tobacco Company was created in 1901 through the amalgamation of thirteen British tobacco and cigarette companies: W.D. & H.O. Wills of Bristol , John Player & Sons of Nottingham and 11 other independent family businesses, which were being threatened by competition from the United States by the American Tobacco Company add something


In 1902 the Imperial Tobacco Company and the American Tobacco Company agreed to form a joint venture: the British-American Tobacco Company Ltd add something


American Tobacco sold its share in 1911 but Imperial maintained an interest in British American Tobacco until 1980 add something


George Elias Tuckett - It was acquired by Imperial Tobacco in 1930


Ross Group - Carl Ross left the Ross Group after an acrimonious board room struggle in 1965 and, as a direct result of this, Imperial Tobacco gained control in September 1969; the company had offered £47,5 million for Ross on 6 August 1969


Formula One - During 1968, Lotus painted Imperial Tobacco livery on their cars, thus introducing sponsorship to the sport


In 1973 the Imperial Tobacco Company, having become increasingly diversified by acquisition of restaurant chains, food services and distribution businesses, changed its name to "Imperial Group" add something


Graham Hill - With works drives becoming hard to find, Hill set up his own team in 1973: Embassy Hill with sponsorship from Imperial Tobacco


In 1985, the Company acquired the Peoples Drugstore chain and all subsidiaries from A. C. Israel add something


In 1986 the Company was acquired by the conglomerate Hanson Trust plc for £2,5billion add something


Hanson plc - Its most significant single purchase, however, was probably its takeover of Imperial Tobacco Group in 1986


Seven Seas (company) - Seven Seas was acquired in 1986 as part of Hanson's purchase of Imperial Tobacco


Little Chef - In 1987 these service areas became known as Welcome Break after the acquisition of the smaller Welcome Break group of motorway service areas and the Happy Eater roadside restaurants, Little Chef's main rival at the time, in 1986 as part of the break-up of Imperial Group


Canadian Women's Open - From 1988 to 2000 both "'Classique du Maurier Ltée"' and "'du Maurier Ltd Classic"' were official because of Canada's Official Languages Act. In 1988, the tournament added the Ltd/Ltée designation because of the Tobacco Products Control Act. Under the rule, the full name of the manufacturer was required on promotional material as opposed to a tobacco brand name, so Imperial Tobacco registered their brands as separate corporate entities to avoid the ban


Norman Spector - Resigning from the public service in 1996, he became Vice-President, Corporate Affairs for Imperial Tobacco Limited in September of that year


Davidoff - Imperial Tobacco Group had been the licensee of the worldwide Davidoff cigarette trademark since its acquisition of Reemtsma in 2002


In 2003 Imperial acquired the world's fourth largest tobacco company, Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH of Germany: the deal added brands such as Davidoff, Peter Stuyvesant and West to its portfolio add something


Gudang Garam - On June 26, 2005, Gudang Garam was rebranding the manufacturer to PT Imperial Tobacco Indonesia Tbk after the merger and acquisition by Imperial Tobacco


Gitanes - It is currently owned by Imperial Tobacco following their acquisition of Altadis in January 2008, having been owned by SEITA before that


Gauloises - It is produced by the company Imperial Tobacco following their acquisition of Altadis in January 2008


Following the Scottish Parliament's decision in January 2010 to ban the display of tobacco products in shops as well as the availability of tobacco vending machines in public buildings with effect from autumn 2011, Imperial Tobacco attempted to challenge the change in the law on the grounds that regulations of the sale goods rested with the Houses of Parliament in Westminster add something


However, this case was dismissed on 30 September 2010 by Lord Bracadale at the Court of Session in Edinburgh add something


It had a market capitalisation of approximately £24,3 billion as of 23 December 2011, the 19th-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange add something


In 2013, Imperial opened a new global headquarters in Bristol add something


Ruyan - In 2013, Imperial Tobacco purchased the Dragonite's electronic cigarette division


The Nottingham factory employs about 540 people and will produce 17 billion cigarettes in 2014, although it has the capacity to produce 36 billion add something


Once the deal is completed, Imperial said on 22 October 2014, the current Lorillard headquarters will be used by a new company whose name has yet to be determined add something


In November 2014, Imperial said Commonwealth-Altadis and the Lorillard operations being acquired would be called ITG Brands LLC. add something


The deal with Lorillard completes on 12 June 2015 add something


A legal notice filed July 29, 2015 said that Reynolds must get a county permit to make Newports at its Tobaccoville plant, so for 18 months ITG will make Newports and Reynolds will make the three brands it sold add something


On 15 December 2015, Imperial said it would change its name to Imperial Brands because of the company's other businesses add something


The Nottingham factory, and the group's French factory in Nantes are scheduled to close in 2016, with production moved to Eastern Europe add something


The change of name was effective on Monday, 8 February 2016 add something


In 2018 a subsidiary, Imperial Brands Ventures, took a stake in Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies which is licensed by the UK government to develop cannabis-based medicines add something


On November 1, 2018, ITG announced production would move from the former American Tobacco Company plant in Reidsville, North Carolina, built in 1892 and later expanded, to Greensboro by 2020 add something


It had a market capitalization around £18,5 billion as of 4 June 2019, the 28th-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange add something