From stationery to school uniforms
A market leader in manufacturing and distributing stationery in Sri
Lanka is to venture into school uniforms as well shortly, said Chief
Operating Officer of Atlas K.H.K. Nishantha in an interview with Daily
Atlas Chief Operating Officer
Atlas Group of Companies include Ceylon Pencil Company, Care
Products, and Atlas Plastics and school uniforms will be the latest
The company which always had a passion towards children’s education
has identified that school uniforms as a niche market as there is a gap
to be filled in this area. The students get one set of uniform through
the Ministry of Education free of charge but that is not sufficient for
the whole year, Nishantha said.
A soft launch for school uniforms was held recently at the Atlas
office in Peliyagoda. A student can get a set of uniform at a price of
less than Rs. 500 which is a very nominal amount and make it very
convenient to parents reducing the time waste on purchasing material and
stitching. Nishantha said. The high quality school uniforms will be
distributed islandwide through the dealers with the other school
products. he said.
So the parents will be able to purchase all exercise books,
stationary and uniforms under one roof, he said.
Employees at work in the factory. Pictures by Sumanachandra
Atlas was founded in 1959 by D.S. Madanayake giving birth to Ceylon
Pencil Company Pvt Ltd introducing its specialized maiden product
Varsity pencils and gradually diversified into Care Products and Atlas
Plastics by 1992. The company introduced new brands of ballpoint pens
such Atlas Fancy, Atlas Chooty, Atlas Fast Writer and Professional 2000
pen with luminous barrel.
By 2004 they started manufacturing high quality exercise books with a
new format at a reasonable price. And then it introduced colour products
and a number of office equipments becoming the dominant player in the
market of stationery industry maintaining the confidence of the
Gel pens ,signing pens and glitter gel pens are some of its
innovative products.The Company has the latest technology which assures
A high quality products and enhanced capacity.
Atlas has won a number of awards such as IOGT 2005 CIMA 2006, ISO
2007. The company has one thousand one hundred workforce today.
Atlas launched an annual CSR project in 2000 titled Sithru which is
an all island Art, Essay and handwriting competition under the
supervision of Ministry of Education.