Mr. Philip Morris opens a shop on London's Band Street, selling tobacco and ready-made cigarettes.
In 1881 Leopold Morris, son of Philip, joins Joseph Grunebaum to establish Philip Morris & Company and Grunebaum, Ltd. This partnership was dissolved in 1885 and the company became known as Philip Morris & Co., Ltd.
William Curtis Thomson and his family take over the company in 1894. Under Thomson the company is appointed tobacconist to King Edward VII and is incorporated in 1902 in New York by Gustav Eckmeyer. Since 1872 Eckmeyer acts as sole agent for Philip Morris in the U.S., importing and selling English-made cigarettes.
Marlboro, which went on to become the company’s most famous brand, is established and registered as a trademark.
The Philip Morris coronet logo is introduced in 1919. The company is acquired in the United States and incorporated in Virginia under the name Philip Morris & Co., Ltd., Inc. By the end of the next decade, the company has begun to manufacture cigarettes in its factory in Richmond, Virginia.
In the 1950s, an internal operating division is launched to manufacture and market products around the world.
Philip Morris (Australia) becomes the first affiliate of Philip Morris Co., Ltd., Inc. outside the United States.
Malboro cigarettes manufactured outside the United States are produced following an agreement with Fabriques de Tabac Réunies in Switzerland.
Marlboro becomes the world’s number-one-selling cigarette.
PMI is incorporated as an operating company of Philip Morris Companies Inc.
PMI opens its first factory in Asia in Seremban, Malaysia.
PMI calls for regulation of the tobacco industry at the World Health Organization’s public hearings on the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in Geneva, Switzerland.
PMI operations center is transferred from Rye Brook, NY (U.S.) to Lausanne, Switzerland.
PMI opens a factory in the Philippines, its largest investment in Asia at the time.
PMI unveils its new research-and-development facility in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, bringing together over 400 scientists, specialists, and staff in a new world-class facility dedicated to the development of reduced-risk products.
PMI launches the Agricultural Labor Practices program to progressively eliminate child labor and other forms of labor abuses on all farms where the company sources tobacco worldwide, as well as promoting good working and living conditions in tobacco-growing communities.