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E. Theuma Co. Ltd | 100 Years of Service

Figure 1 Ms. Emilia Theuma


It was founded in 1923 by Antonio Theuma as a sole proprietorship active in general Government contracts in various constructional and essential product supplies, as well as an importer of textiles, foodstuffs, wines and spirits, raw and worked marble. In the nineteen forties, the company operated a regular shipping service between Malta and Sicily with its own vessel. The company had in its earlier years representative offices in Alexandria, Tripoli and Tunisia.

Figure 2 Chev. Antonio Theuma

Figure 3 Supplier Albert Ward, with Alfred Zahra, Albert Gatt and Chev. Antonio Theuma


The company was reconstituted in 1960 as a partnership en nom collectif between Emilia Theuma (widow of Antonio) and Alfred Zahra (her nephew). The company, managed by Alfred Zahra, was very active in the sixties and seventies as a supplier of marble to local contractors on major infrastructural and hotel construction projects. It was also the leading supplier of artistic works for churches in Malta and Gozo. These lines were complimentary to its industrial supply sectors for the clothing and printing industries when Maltese exports were on a steady growth path during this intensive industrial phase of the economy.

Figure 4 Zahra Family, photo taken in 1999. Standing Marisa, Charles, Stefania, Joseph, sitting Alfred and Lina


In 1980 when Emilia Theuma retired from the business, the company was again reconstituted into a private limited liability company with its shareholders now including members of the Zahra family. The company has focused during these last forty years on four different sectors – marble, paper and printing supplies, textiles and haberdashery, gold leaf and restoration supplies. In 2010, E. Theuma & Co. Ltd., has added a fifth line of activity – environmental and sustainable research, audits and impact assessments, in collaboration with an important European Company.

Figure 5 Ms. Marisa Zahra


Also in 2010, Charles A. Zahra together with his sisters Marisa Zahra and Stefania Vella took over the running of the business when Alfred Zahra and Joseph F.X. Zahra retired from the business until 2021 when Stefania Vella moved on to concentrate on her fashion business. Its core business today is the supply of marbles and stones to the construction industry and gilding and restoration supplies to the restoration industry.

Figure 6 Mr. Charles A. Zahra

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