The United Tobacco Companies Ltd

The United Tobacco Companies Ltd


In 1902 the United Kingdom’s Imperial Tobacco Company and the United States’ American Tobacco Company agreed to form a joint venture, the British-American Tobacco Company Ltd.

In 1904 the company bought out a number of South African tobacco companies including Holt & Holt Ltd, Acme Cigarette Company, and the British Tobacco Company (South Africa) Ltd. The new company, who’s operations covered South Africa, Rhodesia and Nyasaland, was named the United Tobacco Companies Ltd.

In 1999 the global merger of Rothmans International with the British American Tobacco resulted in the largest tobacco company in South Africa and is now known as British American Tobacco South Africa.


  • James Gavin
  • Walter Herdzik