About Us

About Us

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the leading office automation solutions provider with strong brand identity.

Our Mission

Develop a team of people socially responsible with high standards and integrity, committed to exceed customer expectation. Build value to our customers by providing high quality products and services while ensuring high returns to our stakeholders.

About Gestetner

The Gestetner brand with its rich heritage and legacy is recognized as the pioneer in the office automation sector of Sri Lanka. The Company's presence can be traced to the very first invention of the conventional ‘Roneo’ machine, which was used widely during the olden days. Since then, Gestetner of Ceylon PLC has evolved with the advancements in technology and has served the country with contemporary office automation solutions.

Today, we are recognized as one of the trusted and most respected companies in Sri Lanka. Our expansive portfolio of products comprises reputable office automation brands. Confidence, reliability, service and value for money have been the hallmark of our success.

Company Milestones

In the late 19th century, when people were laboriously transcribing documents by hand, David Gestetner created the first stencil duplicator, which enabled in-house, multi-copy document reproduction for the first time. Thus began Gestetner’s long history as an innovator in the office equipment industry. Since that time, the company has been at the forefront at every stage in the evolution of document management equipment.

Awards and Achievements

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MFP Units & Sales Revenue

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MFP Units & Sales Revenue

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Annual Report Awards for trading compliance

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Ricoh Asia Pacific Award

Board of Directors

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S J M ANZSAR

Chairman / Non - Executive Director

Mr. S J M Anzsar was appointed to the Board of Gestetner of Ceylon PLC on 07th January 1997 and as the Chairman on 12th December 1997. He is a Chartered Accountant with a career span of over forty years that included Partnership at an international professional firm; senior management roles at a UK based conglomerate specializing in Africa. Since the mid-nineties he has been engaged in the private equity sector focusing in Africa and Sri Lanka.

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L R WATAWALA

Non - Executive Director

Prof. L R Watawala was appointed to the Board of Gestetner of Ceylon PLC on 07th November 1996.

Prof. Watawala is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA), Fellow of the Institute of Certied Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCMA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK (FCMA UK), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (FCPM).

He served his articles and as a Qualied Assistant at Turquand Youngs & Co.(Ernst & Young) ,Chairman and Managing Director of the Ceylon Leather Products Corporation, Chairman and Managing Director of the State Mining & Mineral Development Corporation, Chairman of the People’s Bank, Chairman of the People's Merchant Bank, Chairman and Director General of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (1991-1993) and (2005-2007), Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Chairman of Pan Asia Bank Ltd, Director South Asia Informatics Computer Institute Ltd Singapore), Director Richard Peiris PLC, Abans Electricals PLC and Chairman of the National Insurance Trust Fund. He currently serves on the Company Directorates of, Lanka IOC PLC, Lake House Printers & Publishers PLC.

He is the President of the Institute of Certied Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA), President Institute of Chartered Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (CPM), Past President of the Association of Management Development Institutes of South Asia (AMDISA), Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), Founder President of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT) and Past President of the Organization of Professionals Association of Sri Lanka (OPA).

He was installed in the Hall of Fame of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

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D M R PHILLIPS

Non - Executive Director

Mr. D M R Phillips, President’s Counsel, was appointed to the Board of Gestetner of Ceylon PLC on 07th November 1996.

He is a Attorney-At-Law and a Solicitor (England & Wales) and holds a Diploma in Intellectual Property (University of London- Queen Mary & West Field College). He currently serves as the Chairman of Intellectual Property Advisory Board and presently serves on the company Directorates of NDB Bank PLC.

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B C U PERERA

Non - Executive Director

Mr. B C U Perera was appointed to the Board of Gestetner of Ceylon PLC on 01st January 2014.

Mr. B C U Perera has over twenty-ve years of commercial experience in senior management capacity. He Joined the John Keells Group in 1992 seconded to John Keells O¬ce Automation (Pvt) Limited and held the positions of Sales & Marketing Manager, Director Sales & Marketing, Director / General Manager and became the CEO / Vice President – John Keells Holdings in the year 2000.

In 2010 he moved from IT to take up a challenging career in the F & B Sector within the same group. Mr. B C U Perera was in-charge of the beverage business where he held the position of Vice President John Keells Holdings / Head of Beverages until he resigned John Keels Group in December 2013. Ceylon Cold Stores a public quoted company which had operated for over one hundred forty years. After joining Gestetner of Ceylon PLC as its Managing Director in January 2014 he served until 5th January 2019 and stepped down from an operational role to continue serving the board as a non-executive Director.

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KEKI WADIA

Non - Executive Director

Keki Wadia (commonly known as Kris Wadia) was appointed as a Non-Executive Director with e ect from 13th August 2019.

He is a senior global executive with a proven track record of successful business launches, revenue growth, and corporate turnarounds at speed and scale, primarily in Asia.

Kris has been a Partner at Accenture, the global technology consulting giant and President - Global Delivery Network at Quintiles, the world’s largest clinical trials outsourcer.

He is a UK Chartered Certied Accountant (FCCA) who has authored ve books on business subjects and been quoted in the Financial Times (UK), CNN and Bloomberg Business Week.

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A R RASIAH

Alternate Director to S J M Anzsar

Mr. A R Rasiah was appointed as an alternate Director to Chairman, Mr. S J M Anzsar of Gestetner of Ceylon PLC from 13th August 2019

Mr. Rasiah is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and finalist of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Ceylon.

His illustrious career both in Finance and commerce spans of over thirty-Five years. He started his career with Ernst and Young and later served at Mercantile Group of Companies and Almulla Group of Companies, Kuwait. Finally, he joined Nestle Lanka PLC as Director Finance in 1994 and was with the Group till his retirement in 2005. He was formerly; Chairman of Atlas Axillia (Pvt) Ltd, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors and Senior Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC. Currently Mr. Rasiah functions as the Chairman of the Hela Clothing (Pvt) Ltd and as a Non-Executive Director of EB Creasy Group of Companies, Fintek Managed Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Clindata Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Sunshine Tea Co (Pvt) Ltd. A keen sportsman who represented Sri Lanka at Table-Tennis.