Corporate Information

Forestals is one of Malta’s oldest established and best known Groups of Companies.

Constituted in 1940, and subsequently incorporated as a limited liability company with the Malta Registrar of Partnerships with Company registration number C239, Forestals goes back to the beginnings of organised business in Malta, and has through three generations of growth and diversification established itself as a household name and market leader in various lines of business.

Head Office and Flagship Showroom in Mriehel

The Group’s new Head Office complex since May 2009 is located in Mrieħel.
The complex includes 1,000 square metres of modern office facilities on the first floor, and a new flagship showroom, comprising 1,100 square metres of retail space on the ground floor.

Group Operations

The Group’s new Head Office complex since May 2009 is located in Mrieħel.
The complex includes 1,000 square metres of modern office facilities on the first floor, and a new flagship showroom, comprising 1,100 square metres of retail space on the ground floor.

Consumer

Retail and consumer is Forestals’ traditional core and most visible business.

In the domestic appliances portfolio, Forestals represents quality brands such as Miele, LG Electronics, Smeg, Ariston and others. Forestals boasts an impressive product range, a wide client base and strong customer loyalty with a dominant local market share.

The full product range is on display at the Forestals retail outlet at Mriehel, and available through a network of kitchen manufacturers who resell Forestals white goods brands.

Consumer electronics is the second pillar of the Forestals consumer portfolio, with official representation in Malta for leading international brands SONY, LG Electronics, Hewlett Packard and others.

In the computer entertainment sector, Forestals has established itself as Malta’s leading entertainment vendor, as official partners of SONY Computer Entertainment, SONY PlayStation, Logitech, Electronic Arts, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment and many others.

The commercial B2B operation comprises the sale and installation and servicing of industrial flooring and carpeting, industrial cleaning equipment and consumables, industrial kitchen and laundry equipment, public area and playground equipment and furniture and safety flooring, and office and industrial premises fitouts.

Over the past years, Forestals have been awarded numerous prestigious contracts by international hotel chains operating in Malta, including major installations at the majority of Malta’s five-star hotels.

Forestals is a market leader in IT hardware and services, establishing itself as a Gold HP specialist partner and distributing, selling and servicing the entire range of HP products, including enterprise servers, storage and networking products, desktops, monitors, notebooks and tablets, printers, high-end workstations and retail point of sale systems. Forestals also represents Optoma projection systems and is a Microsoft partner.

Forestals is also a SONY Professional partner, and has supplied and installed professional video broadcast equipment in many of Malta’s television stations, as well as video production studios in Malta. Successful in various Government and National contracts for the introduction and/or replacement of professional video equipment, Forestals installed the first Maltese SONY digital TV station in late 1998, and the AV project at Mater Dei hospital.

The product portfolio also includes digital signage, interactive kiosks, and video conferencing equipment.
Forestals represents several leading brands such as SONY, Canon, Vinten, Genelec, PAG, and other market leaders.

The Forestals Group continued with its recent growth and diversification with the setting up of ICT Solutions Limited in July 2009.

ICT Ltd has been set up to address high end ICT solutions for the corporate market. The company is a joint venture between the Forestals Group and klf consulting Ltd.

In May of 2010 ICT Solutions acquired Panta Computer Ltd, one of the pioneering IT companies in Malta set up in the early 1970’s. This acquisition brought a large base of corporate customers to the group, mainly being serviced by a team of certified engineers on their critical SUN Microsystem platforms.

ICT Solutions brings together a team of experts in systems, communications and software integration. The management team has a long experience in the design, deployment and operation of a number of complex installations in various areas of IT and telecoms, and in the management of complex projects.

At a centrally located, dedicated record management facility in Marsa, Rentastore offer client organisations a fully inclusive one stop digital record, boxed document and record management services that include supply of secure printed tamperproof archive boxes, on site bar-coding and online tracking linked to a centralized database, boxed document collection, archiving, same day file retrieval and delivery, digital scanning of paper records, conversion of microfilm to PDF and more.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paul Mercieca

Chairman

Paul currently acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the boards of various companies and previously held the position of  Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte, Malta – having held this position for twenty three years. Paul retired from this position on 31 December 2013.

Whilst in this position Paul was responsible for a number of clients operating in various sectors of the economy. He served as a member of the Accountancy Board for eight years between 1988 and 1996 and is a former member of Council of the Malta Institute of Accountants. Paul was also the Chairman of the Institute’s Risk Management Committee and served on the Independence, Ethics and Regulator Committee.

Paul is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, The Malta Institute of Accountants  a member of the Malta Institute of Taxation and is also a Certified Public Accountant.’

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Luke Tabone

Chief Executive Officer

Luke Tabone graduated from the University of Gloucester, obtaining a Higher National Diploma in Business Management in 2003.

He joined the Forestals Group in 2004, starting out in consumer logistics and operations, together with business development and product portfolio management in the consumer segment. Luke has been successful in identifying and securing distribution rights for a number of cutting edge international consumer brands, and is also responsible for the company’s retail arm including the development and growth of the online store.

Luke was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2020 and oversees the direction of the Group.

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Alan Tabone

Executive Director

Alan Tabone graduated in 2007 from the University of Kent at Canterbury,
obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in Electronic and Communication Engineering.

He joined the Forestals Group in 2007 in a pre-sales and technical role within the Enterprise and commercial IT sector of the company.

During this time Alan was directly responsible for client’s local mission-critical data centres with 24×7 uptime service levels.

In 2014 Alan moved into a business development role and focused on government contracts and the setup and expansion of the IT Distribution arm of the Forestals Group.

Under his watch, the product lines and reseller base was expanded greatly, and today is one of Malta’s main IT distributors.

Alan was appointed to the post of Chief Operations Officer in 2020 and is responsible for managing the operations and projects of the Forestals Group; as well as
management of the IT distribution arm

He is also responsible for the Group’s IT infrastructure, business continuity and IT security as well as health and safety.

Alan is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

David Zahra

Company Secretary

David Zahra graduated as Doctor of Laws at the University of Malta in November 2006 after submitting his thesis on the Maltese Parliament’s role in the scrutiny of European legislation.

David’s main interests are in financial services, competition law, trust law and Arab commercial laws. He has concentrated on these areas in his post-graduate studies at the University of London. In partial fulfilment of the LL.M. degree, he submitted a thesis on the competition law aspects of the EU Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications and its implications on small EU Member States under the supervision of Professor Richard Whish. David has also studied at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Rome as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

David worked for one of Malta’s leading law firms, for four years before setting up David Zahra & Associates Advocates. David is actively involved in M&A and corporate finance transactions, both locally and internationally. David has also worked on a number of bond issues on the Malta Stock Exchange.

David lectures in Comparative Frameworks in Business and Ethics at the University of Malta, and acts as supervisor and examiner of law students submitting dissertations at Masters level at the University of Malta.

THE FORESTALS GROUP

Company NameVat Reg. NumberCo. Reg. NumberRegistered AddressDirectors
Forestals Investments Ltd.MT21875001C58184Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
Forestals (Appliances) Ltd.MT12645033C313Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
FGL Information Technology Ltd.MT16657432C31198Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
FGL Entertainment Ltd MT18505535C41655Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
FGL Commercial Sales Ltd.MT16657614C31199Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
Timothy Tabone
FGL Group Services Ltd. MT16657304C31201Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
FGL Services LtdMT20692209 C55391Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
Fortune Technologies Ltd.MT16044334C27838Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
FM Distribution Ltd. MT16677910C31255Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
ICT Ltd MT19365501C46930Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Keith Fearne
Alan Tabone
Michael Paris
Luke Tabone
Rentastore Malta LtdMT19450724C47422Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Luke Tabone
Alan Tabone
Lead Service Technologies LtdMTC64386 Lead Business Centre
Mriehel CBD 4080
Alan Tabone
Luke Tabone