Aitken Spence Printing which has made several enhancements to its technology and capacity consolidated its strengths during this year, said Prassanna Karunatilake, Managing Director of the company. Speaking to Business Times on the sidelines of the comany’s 55th anniversary celebartions in Colombo last week, he said that the company has concentrated on high-end printing jobs to complement its packaging and enhanced its marketing activities.
A capacity utilisation study was carried out to identify where greater volumes could be achieved, he added. He revealed that Aitken Spence Printing is considering alternatives for relocation as its present location and plant do not facilitate long term expansion plans. Aitken Spence Printing continues to be the first choice for prestigious international brands in the FMCG, tea, confectionary, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and apparel industries locally and globally, he added.
As it celebrates 55 years, the printing company that had its beginnings as a small, in-house printing operation for the group’s stationery has grown and flourished, becoming one of the best printing and packaging companies in Sri Lanka, catering to both the local and the export market.
Mr. Karunathilaka said, “We are committed to offering our customers the best, for without them we would not have made it this far. We are continuing in our efforts to offer a state-of-the art facility, from printing area to technology and training of our staff, in order to ensure that our customers are always assured of the quality they have come to rely on.”
While Aitken Spence began as an agency house in the mid 19th century, the group’s successful expansion in the 20th century had its foundation in printing.
It all began in Galle where Clark Spence & Company, engaged in shipping, diversified in 1955 into printing, mainly for producing its own stationary. However, as other companies placed orders, expansion became necessary. In 1962 the printing plant was moved from Galle to Colombo and the company became a division of the Aitken Spence group.