Since its establishment in 1979, Sri Lanka Export Development Board has been playing a central role in the growth and expansion of Sri Lanka's Export industry. A number of Sri Lankan export businesses has made their mark in the international markets with the help and guidance from EDB. Below are the summaries of a few of such impressive success stories.
The story of ACL cables is nothing short of legendary, an organization that was established sixty years ago, evolved to embrace changes at every step of the way and grew to hold the largest market share in the country, of one the most successful industries of our time.
GPV Lanka is new – not, in terms of operations but name. The company was originally established in 1997 under name Elsuma (Pvt) Limited which was later changed into CCS Elsuma (Pvt) Ltd and then to CCS Lanka in 2009; it was formed as the brainchild of a Swiss investor and an entrepreneurial Sri Lankan. In February 2019, CCS was acquired by the GPV group and was renamed: GPV Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. With the acquisition, GPV became a leader in the EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) sector in Europe.
The KIK Group of Companies is an award-winning electrical manufacturer and exporter based in the Katunayake free trade zone. Established in 1994, KIK has created a significant space for itself in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry and maintained a stellar reputation as an exporter for almost three decades.
When we get into a car, we are often focused on the destination. We rarely spare a thought for security for we trust it to be equipped with the best. We trust that the vehicle has been built with the passengers’ safety in mind. To this end, some of the world’s leading vehicle brands have entrusted Lanka Harness with the responsibility of manufacturing essential safety components. This is not a trust that the company takes lightly as their only vision is “To see the day of zero fatalities caused by automobile accidents.”
Noratel International Pvt. Ltd, Sri Lanka is a Group Company of Noratel AS, a group founded in 1925 and 100% owned by DiscoverIE which is listed in the London Stock Exchange with a history fit for the books and lessons to inspire generations.
Mr. Chinthaka Nugegodage, the General Manager of Okaya Lanka, speaks with the patient knowledge of a seasoned professional. He represents one of the oldest electronics manufacturers in the world, and currently spearheads their Sri Lankan operation.
With humble beginnings in 1920, and the establishment of Orel Holdings in 1983, Orange Electric is the flagship brand of Orel Corporation, a diverse, technology-enabled, and future-centric group of companies that are truly global yet Sri Lankan in spirit and originality.
Not all success stories are a rags to riches journey propelled by hardships. Some are driven by a sense of patriotism and love for the motherland. Nearly a decade ago, Dr. Beshan Kulapala voluntarily chose to leave behind a successful career at the prestigious technology giant Intel, USA. He had a greater ambition to use the wealth of his knowledge and technical expertise to help uplift Sri Lanka.
Mr. Harin De Silva is a multifaceted entrepreneur who started his journey as an engineer who has always dreamt of building a business of innovation. Today he has come a long way from being a trainee engineer in the UK to designing the world’s first smart Petri dish. His story is one of resilience, creativity, and courage.
Among the many export-oriented businesses in the country, only a handful can claim to own a story as successful and inspiring as Zone24x7. Not only is the tech giant headquartered in San Jose, California truly global, but is a brainchild of a Sri Lankan entrepreneur who envisioned the establishment of a digital transformation partner that could cater to a diverse array of organizations ranging from technology start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Janaki Amarasinghe is the sole proprietor of DJ Products, a successful business involved in handlooms and spices. Today, her business is the source of livelihood for 168 employees. Her prowess in entrepreneurship was even recognized nationally when she won the Women Entrepreneur Gold Award under the medium enterprises category by the Women International Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka in 2018.
Dananjaya Wijesekara proprietor of Kahawunu Ceylon Pvt Ltd is one confident young man who takes challenges head on. When he founded his incense stick business in 2018, he was earning a six-figure monthly salary as an area sales manager of Hemas Pharmaceuticals. However, Dananjaya – a man of high ambitions and lofty goals – was not at peace with the security and stability his lucrative job guaranteed.
Mrs. Supuli Sililari Wickramanayake Karunaratne is the proud proprietor of Nature Healing Ayur (Pvt) Ltd which manufactures health-concerned ayurvedic products sourced from local ingredients. Having started her business in 2016 at Habaraduwa, Galle, she became the best female entrepreneur in the Southern Province in 2017 before successfully attaining the 3rd place at the national level in 2019. Currently, she exports ayurvedic products to various countries such as Switzerland, Lithuania, Japan, and the Maldives.
Inspiring the world with design, innovation and excellence, MAS Holdings has established themselves as the preferred supplier of the world’s foremost fashion brands. A company built on a far reaching idea 25 years ago, MAS exuberates the perfect blend of daring, creativity and visionary thinking that has earned them global acclaim...
DSI Tyres was established in 1983 as a member of the DSI Samson Group. We are one of the largest manufacturer and exporter of pneumatic tyres and tubes in Sri Lanka. Today, we are catering more than 70 countries across all 06 continents. Countries like Tanzania we are the market leader and most of the countries such as UK, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Poland, Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Zambia, Guinea, Uganda, Dubai, Syria and Pakistan are having the considerable market share too...
The Hirdaramani legacy begins in 1890, when a 16 year old Parmanand Hirdaramani set up a small retail store along the cobblestoned pathways of Chatham Street, Fort. Emerging from these small beginnings, the innovative Hirdaramani spirit took flight as this modest retail enterprise continued to flourish, establishing itself as Hirdaramani Ltd in the 1940’s pioneering the fashion retail industry with the introduction of ‘Popular’ and ‘Diplomat’, the leading brands for shirts throughout the fifties and sixties...
At Brandix, we often recall with gratitude the many invaluable inputs we have received from the EDB over the years. We continue to benefit from the insight, experience and advocacy the Board has to offer, and have no reservations in commending its officials individually and collectively for their commitment....