Historical Note

Historical Note

Early Foundations


Established as  Merchants and Commission Agents in the year 1900 by Scotsman, Mr. C. W. Mackie,  ‘C. W. Mackie & Company’ was incorporated as a private limited company in 1922. A  consortium of Ceylonese and Indian Businessmen following a buy over, converted the company to public company in 1946. Ceylon Trading Company Limited, the Sri Lanka based subsidiary of Aarhus United A/S of Denmark, took over the management of the Company, having bought a part of the Indian shareholding in 1971.

Public Listing and Shareholder Change

C. W. Mackie & Company Ltd went public on being listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in 1994, issuing shares equivalent to 25% of the total shares in the Company with view of raising capital funds for its future diversification and expansion. In early 2010, Lankem Ceylon PLC and Kotagala Plantations PLC, between them acquired shareholding of 56.56% divested by the Aarhus United A/S, Denmark (AU) and Ceylon Trading Company Limited (CTC) who upon sale, relinquished control of affairs of the C.W. Mackie PLC Group of Companies.

Current Status

The C. W. Mackie PLC Group presently consists of C. W. Mackie PLC and its subsidiaries engaged in diversified industry areas ranging across exports from Sri Lanka, imports, manufacture, resale activity and distribution of products around the island.

Parent Company

Lankem Ceylon PLC (Lankem) was established in 1964 in Sri Lanka as a private limited liability company and since 1970 its shares have been listed in the CSE.

The Lankem Group of Companies has a diversified business portfolio comprising manufacturing (paints, agro/industrial chemicals and bituminous products), distribution of consumer products, rubber and tea plantation management and owning and operating resort hotels. Lankem is a subsidiary of the fully diversified conglomerate, The Colombo Fort Land & Building Company PLC. This acquisition by Lankem greatly strengthens the overall management capabilities of C. W. Mackie PLC Group in the conduct of its affairs and enhances business opportunities availing of synergies.


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Tel : +94-11-2423554 up to 62
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