Retracing Our Steps
The year was 1948, when Sri Lanka, barely out of the trauma of World War II and newly independent, began to produce scores of enthusiastic young entrepreneurs with a sense of patriotism and purpose. One such person was our founder, Mohamed Abdul Cader Mukthar, a gentleman of high ethics, integrity and courage, who set out to build the first Sri Lankan venture to manufacture rubber based footwear with technical assistance from Malaysia. In the year 1950, Ceylon Malayan Rubber Goods Limited was born.
The original manufacturing facility was set up in Dehiwela, south of Colombo, with only 25 workers. In the early 1960's our company diversified into various other fields of manufacture, and one major breakthrough was the setting up of a fully automated industrial adhesive plant. Once again, we were the first to manufacture such products in Sri Lanka. Today, our flagship brand, Multibond, is firmly established and acknowledged as the market leader in its field.
To facilitate the growing business and accommodate the corporate head office, a state of-the-art footwear factory and office complex was built in 1976 on land acquired, adjoining the original factory. The rubber products factory was also expanded with modern machinery during this period. In 1995, we restructured and renamed the original business as Sinwa Holdings Limited, which today is the engine and driving force of the Sinwa Holdings Group.
The four Business sectors that predominate in our orgainzational structure are:
Fashion - wear and Accessories
Rubber Products and Footwear Components
We have recently forayed into several new fields of enterprise and will approach every new venture with enthusiasm and determination as we have always done.