In 1966 Dimitri I Shukuroglou founded an import company that distributed crop protection products in Cyprus under the tradename Dimitris I Shukuroglou Ltd. As a chemistry graduate from the University of Lausanne Switzerland he foresaw the increasing needs of Cypriot farmers for modern crop protection products. The crop protection market in Cyprus at time was underdeveloped.
The first major partnership was formed with the Swiss chemicals company GEIGY.(Basle Switzerland). The partnership is still active today, with the companies that derived from GEIGY, SYNGENTA in the crop protection field and Novartis (now Elanco) in the animal health field.
Other very important partnerships were formed with several multinational firms such as Dow Chemical, Sumitomo Chemical and others. Our founder's innovative spirit, hard work, and professionalism has lead the company in the leading position in the Crop protection market in Cyprus.
The demand for high quality crop protection products in various packaging sizes as well as affordable prices drove the company to create its own Formulation and Packing plant for crop protection and animal health products. In 1980 Premier Chemical Co Ltd was founded and took over the production and the exporting activities that were aimed in meeting the needs that appeared in the emerging Middle East and Gulf region markets. The company invested heavily in the upgrade of the plant in-order to meet the high production and technology standards that it has today.
In 1985 and 1987, Ioannis and Eric Shukuroglou the sons of Dimitri Shukuroglou joined the family business.
In 1996 Premier Chemical Co Ltd was one of the first companies in Cyprus was ISO certified (ISO9000) for its manufacturing procedures.
In 2000 Novartis Animal Health Inc. appointed Premier Chemical as their exclusive distributor of its products for the Greek market. As a result Premier Shukuroglou Hellas S.A was founded to handle the task.
In 2010 a green waste management plant was created in Geri Nicosia, and the production of compost and soil improvers begun.
2011-2015 The economic crisis of Cyprus was viewed out as a new opportunity for agriculture growth.The company has invested in its human resources, enriched the range of its products and grew its distribution network by opening new shops in the countryside.