Incredible as it may seem, an individual’s passion for automobiles ignited a fascinating journey. One that drew like-minded people whose adaptability, speed of response and positivity helped the dream grow to unforeseen areas and deliver outstanding results.
Named after its founder, the David Pieris Group of Companies began with its focus on automobiles. With a history that dates back five decades, it has grown organically through innovative strategies to make it one of Sri Lanka’s largest and most financially stable conglomerates. From a business unit in a single location, today the Group consists of 17 companies with over 52 regional offices and four Facilities Complexes; employing over 2,000 motivated people who consistently deliver their best.
The three-wheeler created significant opportunity for self-employment and concurrently made its mark as an independent industry, which has over the years, contributed considerably to the growth of the economy. Today the Group has directly and indirectly provided employment for over 700,000 individuals and 2,400,000 dependents.
Incorporation of Richard Pieris Motor Company Limited.
Workshop and spare parts sales counter established in Colombo.
Mobile service and parts retailing operation to serve outstation customers.
Appointment of dealers at identified locations.
DPMC establishes sales outlets at locations outside Colombo.
David Pieris Motor Company Limited becomes an independent entity with 193 employees.
First dealer convention held.
6 sales offices established out of Colombo.
85 spare parts dealers and 34 service dealers islandwide.
Spare parts store established in Colombo to cater to increasing demand.
Spare parts stores moves to spacious building at Madapatha.
137 spare parts dealers and 108 service dealers appointed.
The first automated conveyorized vehicle set-up process is commissioned at Madapatha.
A network of 180 spare parts dealers and 130 service dealers.
A fully fledged training centre for dealers established in Madapatha.
A dedicated field service department formed to manage fast growing service dealer network.
Initiated 5S/ safety practices for productivity improvement.
A well-equipped training centre established in Polonnaruwa for training school-leavers with a view to promoting self-employment.
Madapatha Facilities Complex was awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification for systems and procedures.
A second conveyor belt is developed and commissioned within a period of four months.
A warehouse complex is set up at Bandaragama to streamline the distribution of spare parts.
Development and installation of dealer software at dealer points bringing them online with DPMC.
Dealer branding launched.
Modernization of the Colombo workshop with state-of-the-art equipment.
Custom built carriers introduced to transport 3-wheelers.
100% financial assistance given to all dealers affected by the tsunami.
A vehicle tracking system was developed and installed for spare-parts carriers.
A state-of-the-art paint booth commissioned at Madapatha to enhance the assembly process.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification was awarded to Madapatha.
Training centre relocated to a spacious building at Bandaragama.
Opening full-fledged city office complex at Battaramulla.
A second regional operations centre is commissioned in Matara.
Company receives many awards including “Best Company in Transport Business” award.
Advanced order system and one-day courier service was introduced for spare parts supply.
Fourth facilities complex added to the DPMC operation.
Acquisition of a 115-acre land at Ranna for expansion of the business.
Seven sales offices established out of Colombo.
Opening of regional office in Batticaloa and Jaffna.
Starting of Manufacturing and Assembling Complex, Ranna.
Starting of three-wheeler sales through Inquiry Centres.
Starting local manufacture of specific components for three-wheelers.
Strengthening market development in Northern sector with the opening of new sales offices in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar.
Lakshman De Silva
Bodhi Lydia Pieris
Awards & Certifications
DPMC cares about their employees, customers and workplace. They care about the world and do their best to minimise the impact their products and manufacturing facilities have on the environment. And they have been rewarded for our good work.
Certification awarded by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) in recognition of our commitment to comply with Environmental Management System requirements at our Facilities Complex I, Facilities Complex II, Facilities Complex IV and Ranna Manufacturing Complex.
Certification awarded by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) for compliance with Quality Management System requirements at Facilities Complex I, Facilities Complex II, Facilities Complex IV, Ranna Manufacturing Complex as well as Corporate Headquarters at Hyde Park Corner and City Office at Battaramulla.
5S AWARDS (2001, 2002 , 2011 & 2014)
Merit Awards at the Taiki Akimoto 5S Awards organised by the Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA).
NATIONAL SAFETY AWARDS (2001, 2003 & 2014)
All-Island National Safety Merit Award - for health and safety measures taken for DPMC employees, customers, contract workers and all those who visited their premises.
BEST OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH TRAINING FOCUSED AWARD (2014)
Special Achievement Award at the National Occupational Safety and Health Excellence Awards – 2014, organised by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) together with the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations and the Department of Labour with the aim of improving industrial productivity while employing a healthy workforce.
A truly Sri Lankan company, DPMC is committed to promoting economic and social development in Sri Lanka. The employment and income generated for entrepreneurs and individuals through local manufacture of items for the assembly of three-wheelers as well as their extensive sales and maintenance dealership is significant. The focus of such activities has always been the empowerment and upliftment of rural communities.
Being A Responsible Company
DPMC attributes its considerable success to the values and ethics that have been inculcated in the manner in which they do business. Be it in ensuring the highest quality levels in the assembly or production of their goods and services, accessibility to after sales service or providing road safety and driver training.
Supporting the Community
As a company that caters to the mass market, especially in rural areas, DPMC strives to uplift the lives of the communities they engage in business with. It is their utmost and firm belief that giving back to society not only ensures the long term sustainability of their community, but is enriching as well.
DPMC is also concerned about the younger generation and are constantly lending their hands in areas of improvement by enabling young people to gain a good education through their scholarship scheme and infrastructure development programs in rural schools.
While their primary focus is on child welfare, the company also identifies and selects other segments of society that require financial support. These include individuals, charities, and institutions that provide support to the elderly and less able bodied, including service personnel and war veterans who, post the civil war, require special care and assistance in their daily lives.