ACME Grupė group of companies grew by not only the expansion of its oldest businesses (ACME Europe, ACC Distribution, ACME Film and Servisa ICT), but also by acquiring other promising ventures.
The story of the current ACME Grupė group of companies began in 1993. Three students of Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty of Humanities, namely Stede Ingram, Tomas Palšis and Stepas Telešius, started their business while offering courses of English language. One of them was teaching English language while the others were looking for clients.
While being active and creative people the founders of ACME Grupė expanded their activities in 1994 and started a new business – import and distribution of magnetic storages (for audio and video) in Lithuania. As the competition in this area increased, it was decided to start producing video tapes instead of importing them, and this was a beginning of ACME Europe.
In 1996 as the business of ACME Europe expanded, a subsidiary in Latvia was created. Currently ACME Europe is one of the largest producers of IT accessories and energy saving lamps in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 1997 the activities of ACME expanded even more - the company entered the business of retail and distribution of computer parts.
In 1998 operations of retail and distribution of computer parts were separated from ACME and a new company ACME kompiuterių komponentai (currently known as ACC Distribution) was created. The business of this company was so successful that the local market became too skimpy – it was decided to expand it into foreign countries: Latvia (1998), Estonia (2005), Georgia (2006), Armenia (2011) and Belarus (2011).
In 1999 Žilvinas Naujokas – one of the most famous Lithuanian cinema producers – came back to Lithuania from the United States of America with a business idea to distribute films. At the end of that year the first movie (Vampires) was shown in Lithuanian cinema theatres – this marked the beginning of ACME Film business. In 2007 the company was managing Senasis trestas and Planeta cinema theatres. The company is engaged in the business of distribution of film production of the biggest movie studios in the world. As the economic situation in Lithuania and other Baltic countries improved, more and more cinema theatres opened in the region. ACME Film expanded its business accordingly – in 2004 it established a subsidiary in Latvia and in 2007 another subsidiary started its operations in Estonia.
In 2001 ACME Grupė acquired company Audis. This enterprise is a provider of wholesale and retail service of audio and video recordings, data storage and accessories. It is also a provider of positioning service in stores and offers product monitoring and merchandising services, as well as related logistic services in the Baltic states.
In 2005 ACME Grupė acquired a controlling interest of Drąseikių karjeras and started to develop a business of gravel quarries.
In 2006 Servisa ICT – a company which provides professional IT and computer repair service, as well as repair and maintenance service for household electronics, phones, etc. – was established. Currently, the company also has subsidiaries in Latvia, Estonia and Georgia.
In 2007 another company of ACME Grupė, known as AVAD Baltic, was established. In the same year it became the official distributor of Apple production in the Baltic states.
In 2013 a new company, called A Labs, was created. The main activity of this company is to invest into new and promising businesses of ACME Grupė group of companies as well as expand their activities.
In 2014 ACME Grupė acquired its stake in Agropro, which currently is the largest hemp grower, processor, and trader in the Baltic countries and the largest organic hemp grower in Europe.
Aurora Cannabis has acquired ACME Grupė companies: Agropro and Borela. The companies have grown organic fibre cannabis and supplied their products in Europe.
Two companies of ACME Grupė (ACC Distribution and ACME Europe) were reorganized by merger. ACC Distribution continued to operate after taking over all rights, obligations and assets of ACME Europe.
ACME Grupė has started developing and managing energy projects. ACME Grupė established the company ACME Solar Group.
ACME Solar Group manages five sustainable energy companies. These companies are responsible for developing solar and wind energy projects. The group develops 12 MW solar energy projects, 14 MW wind energy projects and operates an existing 9 MW wind farm.