Vojko Arko, a businessman and chemist from Celje, opens a commercial company at Glavni trg 1 in Celje, trading essential oils, essences, plant extracts, food colours, and pharmaceutical products;
together with a competitor, the largest producer of aromas in Europe at the time, Arko establishes a public limited company Schimmel & Co. Miltitz, Germany, a subsidiary with eight employees for supplying South-Eastern Europe, which is already independently performing extraction, distillation, and synthesis processes;
owing to the war, the subsidiary drastically reduces production and suffers severe war damages;
after the withdrawal of foreign capital from Yugoslavia a very modest base remains for further development of the company in Celje; however, a group of enthusiasts with their knowledge and perseverance succeed in preserving production and surviving post-war reconstruction;
by establishing the state-owned industrial company Etol Celje the essences and essential oil factory embarks on its economic journey with 30 employees;
despite extension works and renovations the factory becomes over-cramped; this resulted in preparations to transfer the production to a new location in Škofja vas, and in the same year the construction of a new factory began;
production is transferred from the primary location to the new location in Škofja vas;
Etol conquers the Yugoslavian market in the field of confectionery and alcohol industries, and looks for a strategic partner to penetrate into the global market;
Etol signs a contract on mutual investments with the American company IFF, the largest global manufacturer of scent components and raw materials for food, tobacco, toiletry, and cosmetics industries;
With its strategic partner Etol is building on business excellence in the global market;
Etol terminates the contract with IFF and opts for an independent appearance in the global market with its own subsidiaries and branch offices all over the world; such branching of the sales network enables ETOL to create 75 % of its sales outside Slovenia;
Etol is registered as a joint-stock company;
Etol acquires ISO 9001 certificate of quality;
the company begins to operate in the spirit of the environmental management certificate ISO 14001.
Etol is one of the leading European aroma and flavouring houses for food industry, employs more than 300 people, and is present in more than 47 countries worldwide.