The company was founded by Carmelo Abela, known as Alfaran, in the 1930s and has since become one of the leading transport and logistics companies in Malta. Abela was one of the chief stevedores on the islands, with a horse and cart providing a better and a faster alternative than carrying produce and merchandise by hand.
Even in those early days, Abela recognised that the future lay in automation, and invested in his first loading truck. In the 1960s, the family business was taken over by his only son, John. With great enthusiasm, John Abela began the next round of innovation and renewal.
The quality of the services offered by Abela was amongst the finest in Malta. It quickly attracted the attention of the Malta Hilton Hotel, then under construction.
In the early 1970s, John Abela expanded further and started offering international haulage services. The company was amongst the first to offer these services to Maltese customers. By the 1980s, John Abela and his three enterprising sons, continued to build on the company’s reputation for excellence.
Recently, the family began another round of heavy investment, choosing to further modernise its fleet.