Our History

Before 1985 and After

The JT Group can trace its origins to many different countries and regions such as Austria, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Japan. The JT Group has a long history and extensive experience in the tobacco business.

  • ~1899
  • 1900~1984
  • 1985~1999
  • 2000~
  • International Tobacco
  • JT or Japanese Domestic Tobacco
  • Other Businesses
  • 1784

    Austria Tabak is founded by Emperor Joseph II

    The JT Group's overseas history began with the founding of Austria Tabak in Vienna.

  • 1857

    Tom Gallaher sets up his business in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

    Tom Gallaher started out in business in Northern Ireland, laying the foundations for the Gallaher Group.

  • 1874

    RJR is founded by Richard Joshua Reynolds in Winston, North Carolina

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR), which would subsequently create the Camel and Winston brands, was established in the U.S.

  • 1879

    Sobranie is registered in London, to become one of the oldest cigarette brands in the world.

  • 1891

    The Moscow-based Ducat factory is founded.

  • 1898

    The Japanese Monopoly Bureau is established for the sale of domestic leaf tobacco

    The Government formed a monopoly bureau to undertake the exclusive sale of domestic leaf tobacco.