The Hirdaramani legacy began in 1890 when, at just 16, Parmanand Hirdaramani set up the first Hirdaramani retail store in Fort, Colombo. He made a name for himself in the early 1900s by introducing the concept of same-day tailoring to passengers of cruise liners that docked at the Colombo Harbour. The innovative Hirdaramani spirit took flight, emerging from these small beginnings to steadily become the one-stop manufacturing hub and diversified group that it is today.
Hirdaramani Store 1820
Milestones
1890
Mr. Paramanand Hirdaramani commences business with a retail store in Fort, Colombo's historic commercial hub.
1946
Hirdaramani Ltd. is born. Retail stores are set up in Colombo and Kandy to sell garments, textiles, carpets and jewelry.
1954
Hirdaramani Industries Ltd. commences the manufacture of shirts under the brand name 'Popular' and the large-scale manufacturing of towels.
1960
A new brand of shirts 'Diplomat' is introduced.
1974
Ceylon Knit Trend Ltd. is set up to manufacture knit garments for the export market, a pioneering step in the Sri Lankan garments industry.
1978
Hirdaramani Garments Ltd. is set up in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone to manufacture and export woven apparel.
1984
Establishment of Comtextile in Bangladesh, specializing in woven tops and bottoms for men, women and children.
1986
Heralded the first investment in hotels: Airport Garden Hotel, Seeduwa.
1987
Mercury Garments is set up in the Katunayake Free Trade Zone to manufacture outerwear and other garments.
1992
Two more manufacturing facilities are established - Ceylon Knit Trend Ltd, Eheliyagoda and Hirdaramani Industries Ltd, Kuruwita.
1996
Ocean Lanka is set up in collaboration with Fountain Set, Hong Kong, to manufacture knitted fabric.
1997
Mercury Garments joins up with Desmonds & Sons (UK) to form Desmondspencer. Second investment in hotels - Taj Exotica, Bentota.
1998
A new factory and a state-of-the-art washing plant are established at the Seethawaka Industrial Park
1999
Manufacture of garment accessories commences through Paxar Lanka, in collaboration with Paxar Corporation, USA.
2000
Hirdaramani Industries Ltd is relocated from Maharagama to Kahathuduwa. Hirdaramani Group moves its head office to World Trade Centre, Colombo.
2002
A state-of-the-art Design Development Centre is set up in Maharagama and Star Packaging is established in Kaduwela.
2003
Investment in Hilton Colombo Residence, a modern multi-storey apartment and shopping complex.
2004
Hirdaramani Embroidery and H&T Printing plants are established in Maharagama.
2005
The Group acquires all shares in Desmondspencer held by Desmonds & Sons (UK) to form the Hirdaramani - Mercury Apparel Cluster.
2006
Green Channel Facilities awarded to the group.
2008
Hirdaramani launches the Long Island Clothing Co, re-entering the retail market, as well as H-One Pvt Ltd, venturing into the IT sector.
2009
'Mihila', the Group’s first eco-factory opens for operation. Mihila is also awarded LEED Gold from the US Green Building Council.
2010
Partnered with Vidullanka (Pvt) Ltd in March for a venture in sustainable power generation using hydroelectricity. A similar initiative was undertaken for power generation using wind energy, in partnership with Akbar Brothers and Debug Computers in June.
2012
Hirdaramani 'Mihila' Factory First Apparel Factory in Asia to be certified CarbonNeutral®