Historical Overview

Dating back to the 18th century, Harel Mallac is besides one of the oldest – one of the longest standing and most important business companies in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean. Established, since 1830, in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, the Harel Mallac enterprise started as a family owned business during the late 1700's, when Charles Pierre Harel, Brittany born, more exactly from St Malo, was authorized by the Governor to charter merchant ships between Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar.

From this beginning, the activities expanded with the setting up of Harel Frères, which in turn bought out the Belle Vue Estate in 1838. Over the years, the company became the sole property of Victor Harel, Charles Pierre's son, and later that of the family descendants. In 1893, following the destruction of its premises by a fire, the company moved its offices to Edith Cavell Street, better known then as Rempart Street. This new stone built edifice was one of the most beautiful buildings in Port Louis at that time and is still highly preserved by Harel Mallac which, since then, has constructed another imposing building in the same street, to accommodate its actual Head Office. In 1920, the merger of Charles Pierre's descendants with Tristan Mallac – which later developed into P. Elias, Mallac & Company – together with the union of the latter with Louise Harel gave birth to Harel Mallac & Co. At the outset, the company's activities consisted of commerce, import export, and insurances and also of loans supplies to planters.

At that time, the company was located at La Chaussée, in the heart of Port Louis. Harel Mallac was incorporated as a private company in 1956 and is now a flagship of a group of companies whose reputation for excellence has become a byword in Mauritius. Present in various business clusters: Technology, Chemical, Engineering, Distribution, Services… Harel Mallac holds for sure a prominent position on the island. Further interests of Harel Mallac include investments in The Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry Ltd, Mauvilac Industries Ltd, Total Mauritius Ltd, Cargo Express Company Ltd, Société du Port Ltd, Froid des Mascareignes Ltd, & Rehm Grinaker Construction Company Ltd. It must be noted that the Harel Mallac Group is also engaged in the field of tourism and travel since the 1960's. It has acted namely as representative for Lufthansa, Thomas Cook and Varig Brazilian Airlines. Harel Mallac Travel, travel agency member of IATA deals on its part with all travel bookings and also organizes outbound tours to various destinations. The Group also owns shares in the hotel industry through Maritim hotel.

Harel Mallac has, during the past 175 years increased its services and diversified so as to adapt to a constantly changing market. Through its numerous subsidiaries and associated companies, it has also succeeded in contributing significantly, both as supplier and as an investor in the development of Mauritius.

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