Company

Who We Are

DEFON has been in operation since 1961, offering robust and effective pest management and disinfection services, as well as an extensive range of cutting edge products to clients around the globe.

A continually growing world of services

The company started by catering to the needs of the shipping industry. With the experience gained through association with this most demanding sector worldwide, Defon acquired the competitive advantage within its field.
Today, having proudly served over 80% of the Greek Shipping industry, as well as many International Shipping clients across five continents, Defon has also developed its services to all other sectors, including:Airlines, Road and Rail, Restaurant, Catering and Food industries, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Wholesale and Retail (non food areas), Other industries with heavy public involvement, Warehousing, Offices, Road and Rail, Residential and more...

An expanding arena of products

Defon’s sales department has also expanded, with pest management products, hygiene, professional cleaning, personal care, paper products and more. The product range offered is constantly adapting to include globally recognised brands as well as a series of Defon’s own line of certified products that are available in both wholesale and retail markets.

Conveying knowledge and experience

Defon, with its knowledge gained from years of experience and the excellent level of education and expertise of its scientists, offers consultation services regarding public health.

Looking to the future

Defon’s vision and focus is to constantly evolve with environmental ethics, whilst always satisfying customer requirements.

Why Choose Defon

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Services
  • Based on cutting-edge technologies.
  • Guaranteed results.
  • Respect for the client’s health, safety and property.
  • Timely and always available.
  • Offering clean and tidy work.
  • Environmentally friendly, integrated approach to pest management (IPM).
  • Suitably qualified and experienced technicians with prompt response and continued vigilance.
  • Backed up by sound scientific knowledge.
Products
  • Cutting edge and made with environmental considerations.
Consultation Services & Seminars
  • Highly qualified lecturers.
  • Detailed training at a theoretical and practical level.
  • Setting an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system

Worldwide Presence

Defon is known worldwide for setting up an effective task force in virtually any city or port where there is a demand and for as long as required. This is a concept which has become the backbone of the company’s reputation for global responsiveness and efficiency.

Demand for Defon’s services from the shipping industry drives the company to open satellite offices in various locations around the globe for the duration of its contracts.

For instance, Defon established and operated offices in Rotterdam for 26 years and in Genoa for 10 years until its clients moved their operations to other ports, where the company was there to continue to serve them. For example, in Jeddah, Defon serviced the fleet of the well-known Greek ship owner Latsis for many years and today continues to do business with his companies in new locations. Tokyo also saw the opening of a Defon office which provided services, when the need arose, for major shipping firms.

Work has also been conducted in Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Spain and United Kingdom, amongst others.

From November 2013 Defon also operates in Durban from where it provides services and products to all the South African ports and more.

Company Timeline

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2014

Defon undertakes major fumigation projects (with SO2F2 under the trade name ‘ProFume’ of Dow AgroSciences) in Puerto Rico, utilising an innovative method which was applied successfully to luxury yachts. This has laid the foundations of further operations from this port.

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2010

Defon starts launching its own range of certified insect repellents with natural active ingredients into the Greek market

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2003

Defon pest control products enter the wholesale market in Greece and Cyprus, ultimately reaching supermarkets, mini markets, pharmacies, hardware stores, agricultural stores, pet shops and pest control companies, etc

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1962

Defon manufactures and distributes its own range of air fresheners within the Greek market.

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2013

Defon starts business operations from the port of Durban providing services and products to all South African ports and more

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2004

Defon imports hygiene and professional cleaning products, personal care and paper products, etc and distributes them

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2002

The founder’s son Miltiadis S. Apostolou, holder of a BSc in Chemical Science and MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control (University of Manchester) assumes management of Defon.

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1961

Sotiris Apostolou, founder of Defon, opens the first company office at the port of Piraeus, in Greece conducting disinfestation services, rodent control and disinfection.

2014
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Defon undertakes major fumigation projects (with SO2F2 under the trade name ‘ProFume’ of Dow AgroSciences) in Puerto Rico, utilising an innovative method which was applied successfully to luxury yachts. This has laid the foundations of further operations from this port.

2013
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Defon starts business operations from the port of Durban providing services and products to all South African ports and more

2010
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Defon starts launching its own range of certified insect repellents with natural active ingredients into the Greek market

2004
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Defon imports hygiene and professional cleaning products, personal care and paper products, etc and distributes them

2003
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Defon pest control products enter the wholesale market in Greece and Cyprus, ultimately reaching supermarkets, mini markets, pharmacies, hardware stores, agricultural stores, pet shops and pest control companies, etc

2002
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The founder’s son Miltiadis S. Apostolou, holder of a BSc in Chemical Science and MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control (University of Manchester) assumes management of Defon.

1962
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Defon manufactures and distributes its own range of air fresheners within the Greek market.

1961
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Sotiris Apostolou, founder of Defon, opens the first company office at the port of Piraeus, in Greece conducting disinfestation services, rodent control and disinfection.

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