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HVA Timeline

HVA Timeline

1878
1878

Establishment of HVA

1879
1879

HVA begins trading

1880
1880

HVA has the largest sugar production capacity in the world

1914
1914

The Panama Canal is completed

The Panama Canal is completed

1917
1917

Treaty of Versailles

1920
1920

HVA in the top 10 of agricultural producers and traders in the world

1928
1928

Penicillin is discovered

Penicillin is discovered

1939
1939

Start of WWII

Start of WWII

1940
1940

HVA headquarters moved from Amsterdam to Surabaya

1941
1941

Pearl Harbour attack (7/12/1941)

1941

Acquisition of Njoenjoer coffee company

1942
1942

HVA staff inprisoned in Indonesia by invaders (149 of them perished)

1945
1945

End of the 2nd world war – and rehabilitation of the farms and factories

End of the 2nd world war – and rehabilitation of the farms and factories

1951
1951

Start of the sugar sector in Ethiopia by HVA

1953
1953

Advent of color television

1957
1957

End of HVA’s 78 years activities in Indonesia

1958
1958

Establishment of the United HVA companies Ltd. (VHVAM)

1959
1959

Sputnik is launched by the USSR

1960
1960

Setup of the Kilombero sugar factory in Tanzania

1963
1963

US President John F. Kennedy assasinated

US President John F. Kennedy assasinated

1965
1965

Third HVA sugar factory in Ethiopia: Metahara

1969
1969

Building of “Victoria” – Palmoil farm and factory in Surinam

1969

Capacity expansion works on the Indonesian Djatitoro and Semboro sugar factories

1970
1970

Establishment of the Brazilian Palmoil project “Denpasa”

1971
1971

Rehabilitation of the Sidamanik Tea farm in Sumatra-Indonesia

1975
1975

Transfer of HVA – Ethiopia shares to the Ethiopian army

1976
1976

Opening of Palmoil factory in Amazonas – Brazil

1977
1977

Setup of Sennar sugar factory in Sudan

1980
1980

Large scale integrated poultry projects in a.o. Saudi Arabia, Lybia and Sudan

1982
1982

HVA sets up WAMCO IDL the largest dairy in Africa

1989
1989

Creation of the Internet/ World Wide Web

1991
1991

Fall of the Berlin wall

Fall of the Berlin wall

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