We are the Largest Listed Business and Most Diversified Conglomerate in Sri Lanka.

With interests that span across 16 business sectors and a global footprint reaching across to business strongholds in 5 continents and over 86 countries across the globe, we are a force to be reckoned with in business. We are the first listed company in Sri Lanka to cross USD 1 bn revenue in Fiscal Year 2017/18.


To inspire an inclusive world and a thriving planet.


To be Sri Lanka’s corporate inspiration at all times.


Delivering superior shareholder value by unleashing

the full potential of our people and achieving

leadership in all our domestic and global businesses.

A Message from The Chairman

Welcome to the World of Hayleys

We are built from a singular commitment to always add value and deliver excellence in everything we do. From humble beginnings in the South of Sri Lanka more than 140 years ago, over generations, Hayleys has grown and evolved into a formidable diversified conglomerate, and a champion of sustainability and innovation in all 16 business sectors in which we operate.

The strength of the Hayleys Group flows from its rich diversity and intrinsic links to every key facet of the Sri Lankan economy. Our vibrant connection to international marketplaces enables Hayleys to showcase the best that Sri Lanka has to offer through our extensive portfolio of specialized products and services which are exported worldwide.

Our ability to compete effectively at a global scale is complemented by a progressive approach to strategic local and international partnerships that channel investment in order to unleash opportunity and uplifting the people and communities that we are connected to.

Join us in exploring the World of Hayleys

Mohan Pandithage

Chairman & Chief Executive

Directors & Group Management Committee

The Chairman ensures the effective participation and contribution of both Executive and Non-Executive Directors to the company, whilst the Board of Directors of Hayleys is responsible for the governance of all companies which Hayleys actively manages.
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The Hayleys Group Management Committee (HGMC) comprises the Chairman & Chief Executive, the Executive Directors of Hayleys PLC, the Managing Directors of subsidiary companies, Group Chief Financial Officer and the Head of Group Human Resources.
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Our History

  • 1878

    Charles Pickering Hayley forms Chas P. Hayley & Co. in Galle.
  • 1909

    Hayley and Kenny, a partnership formed between W W Kenny and Chas P. Hayley, opens in Colombo.
  • 1913

    Hayley and Kenny purchases Thurburn Stores, 400, Deans Road premises.
  • 1936

    Hayley and Kenny becomes a private limited liability company.
  • 1944

    Chas P. Hayley & Co. becomes a private limited liability company and fully owned subsidiary of Hayley and Kenny Ltd.
  • 1952

    George G Hayley with senior executives also subscribing to equity forms Hayleys Ltd. with a paid capital of Rs.200,000/-, to acquire from the heirs of the late Chas P. Hayley and W W Kenny, the entire undertaking of Hayley & Kenny Ltd.
  • 1954

    Hayleys Ltd., becomes a public company.
  • 1958

    The shipping agency department is formed, later to be reconstituted as Maritime Agencies Ltd. (forerunner of Hayleys Advantis Ltd.).
  • 1968

    Haychem Ltd., a collaboration with Bayer of Germany, is formed to formulate agrochemicals.
  • 1973

    Haycarb Ltd., is formed to pioneer the manufacture and export of activated carbon from coconut shell charcoal.
  • 1975

    Ravi Industries Ltd., a company engaged in the manufacture of brushes is acquired.
  • 1976

    Dipped Products Ltd., is incorporated to pioneer the manufacture of rubber gloves.
  • 1983

    The first overseas venture Sorbtech Inc. (now Haymark Inc.) is formed in USA.
  • 1991

    Hayleys ventures into hoteliering through its subsidiary Carbotels Ltd. Employee share ownership schemes are introduced within the group. Hayleys steps into the business of plantations.
  • 2001

    Hayleys steps into power generation in collaboration with AES corporation of USA.
  • 2003

    The Group entered into the ship owning business, where Maritime Holdings Ltd. makes its maiden investment in the container vessel “Orient Stride”. Dipped Products Ltd’s initial overseas plant is setup.
  • 2006

    Hayleys adopts a new visual identity, replacing its former logo of 50 years, with one that is more contemporary and represents the diversity of the Group’s products and services. Hayleys wins Sri Lanka’s Best Corporate Citizen title for the third successive year
  • 2007

    Hayleys becomes one of the 10 signatories for the CEO Water Mandate initiative of the UN’s Global Compact.
  • 2010

    Hayleys acquires its first city hotel – Ceylon Continental Hotel.
  • 2011

    Hayleys enters in to the aluminium extrusions industry by acquiring the Alumex Group. Hayleys wins the Best Corporate Citizen Award for the 4th consecutive year that it took part in the competition. Hayleys acquires Amaya PLC and becomes a key player in the tourism sector
  • 2012

    The flagship property of Hayleys Leisure, ‘The Kingsbury’ opens its door to guests from near and far.
  • 2013

    Hayleys commissions its first wind power plant in Kalpitiya and enters the renewable energy sector of Sri Lanka
  • 2014

    The initial public offering (IPO) of Alumex PLC is oversubscribed and Hayleys also acquires a controlling stake in Alufab PLC. Hayleys commissions its second wind power plant in Jaffna.
  • 2015

    Hayleys further strengthens itself in the transportation & logistics sector with the commissioning of the Advantis Free Zone
  • 2016

    Hayleys gains a 75% controlling stake in the Fentons Group. Hayleys increases its global footprint with the purchase of the Kuda Rah Resort Maldives. Hayleys is awarded as Sri Lanka’s Best Corporate Citizen for the 5th year sweeping the boards with a total of 6 key awards.
  • 2017

    Hayleys renews its commitment to be a leader in the renewable energy sector with the commissioning of its solar power plant in Welikanda. Hayleys and its subsidiaries acquires 61.73% of equity in Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, marking it as the single largest acquisition for a listed company in Sri Lanka in recent times
  • 2017

    Advantis acquired the majority stake in Sri Lanka Shipping Company, a leading shipping and maritime organisation. With this acquisition, Advantis Group became the largest vessel operator, offering a full gamut of services including shipping agencies, clearing and forwarding, heavy lift haulage and warehousing.
  • 2018

    Hayleys celebrates 140 years of innovative excellence in Sri Lanka. Hayleys Advantis unveils Sri Lanka’s largest distribution hub.
  • 2018

    Entered in to a partnership with Martin Bauer group of Germany, a global leader and supplier of herbal and fruit infusions. Hayleys Global Beverages was renamed Martin Bauer Hayleys with the joint venture investment by MB Beteligungs GmbH.
  • 2019

    Advantis Group acquired “Virgo”, the most powerful anchor handling tug in South Asia.
  • 2021

    Hayleys Fabric acquired a 98.84% stake in South Asia Textiles Limited as part of its strategic plan to export value-added fabrics.
  • 2022

    Hayleys launches ESG Roadmap: the “Hayleys Lifecode”
  • 2022

    Hayleys PLC ranked as Sri Lanka’s No. 1 Corporate (LMD 100 and Business Today Top 40) for financial performance & impact to society/nation
  • 2023

    Hayleys PLC acquires majority stake of Horana Plantations PLC.
  • 2023

    Hayleys articulates its corporate purpose, “to inspire an inclusive world and a thriving planet”.

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Our Values

Strength in Diversity, Empowered by Equality and Driven by Sustainability

We are all united and guided by the core values that drive the organisation.

Our Awards

The Hayleys Group has been recognised
globally with numerous awards and accolades as a good corporate citizen.