The origin of SML goes back to 1962, where Agency was secured by the Co-operative Wholesale Establishment in 1962.
The Company was peoplised on the 26th of August 1992 and 60% of Issued capital was acquired by M/s Itoch & Co. Ltd (Itochu Corporation) Japan, one of the largest trading organizations (Sogo-Shosa) in Japan,of The remainder, 10% was gifted to employees and 30% issued to the general public.
The company was acquired by Access Engineering (Pvt) Ltd on 29th of February 2012.
The Head Office is situated at No.25, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02. New Vehicles Showroom, Spare Parts Stores, Sales Office & repair Workshop are also located at head office. Our main repair workshop is located at No. 25/11, New Nuge Road , Peliyagoda. Our state of art workshop at HO using latest Japanese technologies is able to provide high value service to our customers .The Colombo workshop is able to service not only Isuzu brand but any other brand . 3S concept.
As an extension to our value added services considering the convenience of our valued customers we are operating a spare parts retail sales outlets at Peliyagoda & Panchikawatta.
During 2014 company invested in. LR company which paved 50% ownership of the LR company.
Board of Directors
Mr. Sumal Joseph Sanjeewa Perera
Mr. Sumal Perera is the Founder Chairman of Access group of companies which was founded in 1989. He is also the Founder Chairman and a shareholder of AEL. He continues to be the Chairman of all companies coming within the Access group. He was also the the Chairman of Sathosa Motors PLC, a public listed company, since 1998 to 2012. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK (FCMA). It is under his vision and leadership that the Access group of companies within a relatively short period of two decades has grown to be a diversified and successful business enterprise.
Deshamanya T.D. Gunasekara
Mr. Tilak Dias Gunasekera Joined Sathosa Motors PLC as Senior Deputy General Manager in 2003. He was promoted to the Deputy CEO position in 2005. In the year 2007, he was further promoted to the Board of Sathosa Motros PLC as the Executive Director and in year 2015 he was promoted as the Managing Director.
He counts over 30 years of Experience in the Fields of Marketing Management and Administrative Management in well established companies. He is a fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management in United Kingdom. He also holds qualifications in Marketing. He has been the Chairman of Ceylon Motor Traders’ Association (CMTA) which is an umbrella organization of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, since 2010 to 2014.
Mr. Christopher Joshua is one of the founder Directors of Access group of companies. He was instrumental in heading some of the most successful business units within the group. Mr. Joshua is a founder shareholder and was the Joint Managing Director/CEO of the Company for a considerable period of time. It was under his leadership that AEL has achieved its growth over the last decade. He is also the Joint Managing Director of Access group of companies since 1997.
Mr. Ranjan Gomez is also one of the founder Directors of Access group of companies. He is presently the Joint Managing Director of Access group and CEO of many business units within the Access group. Mr. Gomez is one of the founder shareholders and was the Joint Managing Director of AEL for a considerable period of time.
Mr. Shevantha Mendis held many executive and management positions in Access group and was part of the Engineering Division from its inception. When AEL was created, he became part of the AEL and was appointed as a Director-Business Development in 2002. He is also a Director of Access International (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. Dharshana Munasinghe joined Access International (Pvt) Ltd as a Sales Executive of the Packaging Division in 1996 and was promoted to the position of Assistant Manager in 1999. In 2001, he assumed duties as Manager – Special Projects in Access International (Pvt) Ltd and was promoted as General Manager – Special Projects in 2004. He joined AEL in 2006, and was appointed to the Board of AEL as Director – Business Development. He is also a Director of Access International (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. Rohana Fernando joined the Board of Sathosa Motors PLC in September 2012. He is an Engineer by profession and has been attached to the Access Group since 1998. He currently holds the position of Director / COO of Access Engineering PLC and serves as a Director of Access International (Pvt) Ltd and SML Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Limited. He is a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) and has a BSc Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya.
Mr.Eshan Sudesh Coorey joined the Board of Sathosa Motors PLC in June 2016 . He is a Marketer and Business Administrator by profession, counts over 15 years in the Automobile Industry.His prior appointment of over 12 years was with Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited, as the General Manager in charge of Toyota, Hino and Toyota Industrial Equipment Departments.He began his career at the Motor Directorate of Brown & Co, and thereafter at United Motors Lanka PLC. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing-UK, holds an MBA and BSc in Business Administration (Aldersgate, Manila).He is also appointed as a Director at SML Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. M.M.N. De Silva
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Nelson De Silva who joined the Board of Sathosa Motors PLC on 11th February 2009, is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Graduated with a B.Sc in Public Administration from Sri Jayawardenapura University.
He serves as the Managing Director of Ned Management Consultants (Pvt) Ltd and he is the sole Proprietor of M M N De Silva & Company.
He has been the Group Accountant of Tisara Group, Senior Accountant of John Keells Group, Finance Manager of Finlay Chemicals & Dyes (Pvt) Ltd, Director of PE Management Consultants (Pvt) Ltd and Partner of HLB Edirisinghe & Company.
Mr. Chiran Wijesinghe
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Wijesinghe has approximately 07 years of experience in Senior Management positions in different organizations in Sri Lanka. Manager in Risk Advisory Services of KPMG Sri Lanka, Group Internal Auditor of Oman Hotels & Tourism Co. SAGO(OHTC) managed by Aitken Spence Hotels (Pvt) Ltd.