OUR SUCESS STORY

Board of Directors.

Mr.Thejan De Silva – Managing Director
Mrs.Ambika De Silva – Director
Mr.Darshan De Silva – Director

COLT TRADING COMPANY was established on 31st March 1980 by Mr Thejan De Silva as a sole proprietorship company.

Mr De Silva with more than 10 years of experience in the Sales and Marketing field having served in different capacities throughout his career in different business lines, namely in Confectionery, Automobile and Consumer Products decided to venture into his own business.

Colt Trading established its first office in Rajagiriya an immediate suburb of Colombo.  With the wealth of experience gained in the automobile industry, the company commenced the import and distribution of automotive spares for Japanese vehicles in 1980. Due to the heavy demand for spare parts at the time for Japanese vehicles, the company managed to enter the market comfortably.

In 1985, the company having realised the need for diversification to grow to greater heights, ventured into Office equipment after securing the sole rights for the import and marketing of Fuji Laminating equipment and films from Japan. This was an excellent marketing decision that pioneered the concept of laminating among the general public in Sri Lanka with the use of mass media advertising.  Fuji Laminating machines and films thus brought a new dimension for the future of Colt.

In 1988, Colt opened a city office in “Hotel Taprobane”, Colombo 1, which was located in the heart of the city for the convenience of the customers with more space in addition to the former. In 1990, company purchased office space in the “Lucky Plaza” building in Colombo 3 and moved both offices to this location.

Soon after new products such as IBICO (Now “Accobrands”) binding systems, “IDEAL” Cutting machines, shredders and guillotines were added to the range. The company thrived in its business by setting up a nation-wide network of “Copy Centres” popularly known as “Fuji Lamipacker Laminating Service” centres who provided services of Photo Copying, Laminating, Binding etc. Colt targeted this market and harnessed the full potential while providing a valuable service to the public.

In 1991, the proprietorship business was incorporated into a Private Limited Liability Company to strengthen the company structure to ensure further growth of the company by bringing Mrs De Silva as a director.

Colt Trading continued to expand it’s product portfolio by diversifying into Printing and Finishing equipment in 1993. Ryobi Offset Printing Machines from Japan, Ideal Guillotines, Trimmers, Shredders from Germany, Parker Printing Down Frames from the United Kingdom, were the first additions to the range of Printing Machinery. Subsequently, Colt  secured the distribution rights for MAN Roland offset presses from Germany and “Orient” Web offset Presses from India. Although Colt made some progress in MAN Roland and RYOBI printing machines the principals decided to operate from India and Singapore respectively for logistical reasons subsequently.

In 1995, with the introduction of   “Duplo” Digital Duplicators from Japan, stormed the Sri Lanka market with the marketing skills of Colt.  “Duplo” Collators, Folders, Booklet Makers and the full range of Duplo products were introduced subsequently. Once again, Colt kept a huge footprint in the early days of digital printing market with “Duplo”.   Within a short period of time Duplo became the core product line of the company having sold a substantial number of Digital Duplicators in the market and became the market leader in Sri Lanka surpassing the competitive brands  We are also the authorized sole distributor in Maldives for “Duplo” products and enjoy continuous export sales managed through our distributor.

“Multitec” Computer form presses were introduced in the year 2000. Since then, we have sold and installed some machines including  at the Peoples Bank and The Department of Government Printing.

Colt established it’s Printing Machinery showroom in Pita Kotte,  immediate suburb of Colombo and the administrative capital of Sri Lanka for the convenience of the customers who would like to have demonstration of the machines to facilitate their buying decision. We carry stocks of some exclusive machinery at our showrooms and offer them ex-stock thus cutting down the delivery time for potential buyers.

In September 2011, we commenced the construction of a seven storied showroom and office complex of 25,000 sq.ft in a prime location with two road frontages at 241, Dudley Senanyake Mawatha(Castle Street), Colombo 8. The construction of this landmark  building was completed successfully by end of July 2013. The new building  named “Colt” with modern facilities  was declared open  on the 28th of November 2013 by Mr.Tokio Sakamoto, President of Duplo Corporation of Japan, the largest business partner of Colt. With the opening of the new building we have brought all our operations under one roof providing the much needed conveniences and comforts to our customers and staff.

After moving into our own “Colt” building, we have introduced revolutionary products such as “OKI” Printers, “EVOLIS” Plastic Card Printers, “LEIBINGER” Inkjet Coding Systems and “HP” Designjet Wide format printers and scanners to the market and we are making a good progress penetrating into respective markets.

“Colt” has established a huge state of the art showroom and demo centre with in house marketing and technical staff who will assist the customers to select the correct product and model to suit their requirements. At “Colt” we provide “solutions” rather than just sell  products.

Presently, we have over 40 employees consisting of Management, Marketing and Sales, Administrative and Technical  who are dedicated, well experienced and talented. Majority of them are long serving with the company and gaining experience in their respective fields. The technical staff is periodically trained in foreign countries at manufacturer’s facilities in order to provide excellent after sales service to our valuable customers.

Colt provides 24 hour Sales and Service, perhaps the only company in the respective fields in Sri Lanka. The technical services are provided without interruption 24 hours a day and throughout the year for our valued customers. We are sure our customers will vouch for our integrity and efficiency.

The company uses ERP Software that provides vital information for the effective and efficient management. 

Mr.Darshan De Silva, son of Mr & Mrs. De Silva  who graduated in Information Systems from the University of Melbourne, joined as a director of the company since July 2013 adding new thinking and enthusiasm to the company. 

Our aim is to provide the customers with innovative products to succeed in their business in the years to come that will ensure a better future for Colt.

 

Updated on  01st August 2016

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Colt Trading Company (Pvt) Ltd.  
 "COLT", NO: 241, DUDLEY SENANAYAKE MAWATHA, COLOMBO 08, SRI LANKA (10800)
Telephone : (+94 11) 2667272 Fax : (+94 11) 2686565  
Email : info@colt.lk   Business Registration No.: PV 8420