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Access marks 30 years in business and growth

9 July 2019 - 44   - 0

Access, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates since beginning operations as the sole agent for Konika photocopiers in the country back in 1989, celebrated 30 years this year.
 
The company has steadily grown in capacity and diversified into many areas over the past three decades, contributing significantly to the growth of the country’s economy.
 
Today, with an employee base of approximately 6000, Access operates in the fields of engineering, telecommunications, water, healthcare, education, property development, automotive, power and renewable energy. The company has also expanded its global footprint by taking on projects in the Maldives, Africa and West Asia, and most recently setting up an office in Myanmar, the company said in a media release.
 
“Access began operations in 1989 with a 7-member team, a license to sell Konika copy machines, and a desire to actively contribute to the growth of the country’s economy. We have faced and overcome many challenges over the years, only to emerge stronger and more determined to achieve our goals and contribute positively to the development of our nation. Throughout all this, our biggest asset has been our people. I am proud to say that at least 10 per cent of our staff has been with us for over 15 years,” said Sumal Perera, Chairman, Access Group,

Access has celebrated many milestones throughout its history, with the most significant being constructing and operating two business towers in the heart of Colombo, building two of the main flyover bridges in the city, investing in Ninewells hospital which is the country’s leading private medical facility for women and children, investing in Horizon University – a tertiary education institute and being recognized and being awarded by the United Nations “Water for Life”.

Access currently consists of 21 companies, operating in eight industries. The company has successfully secured and completed a number of major projects for infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. It has the franchise for many global brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Porcelanosa Group, Hansgrohe SE, Isuzu, GE, Samsung and Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC).

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