Milestones

For over 50 years D. Samson Industries is highlighting the indigenous industrial progress of Sri Lanka. Diversification of resources to ensure future stability is the secret of their success!

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prior to 1962

The Founder Chairman along with his children launched D. Samson & Sons Ltd., in Fort (Colombo), to sell local and imported footwear.

1962

Signifying the success of their business, soon, a footwear assembly line with 16 employees was initiated.

1967

Assembly line was expanded, adhering to ever evolving legal and professional standards, and was incorporated as D. Samson Industries Limited.

1969

To ensure efficiency in productivity, a rubber mixing plant was set up maintaining professional standards.

1970

The great heights DSI Samson Group was achieving as a Brand was soon rewarded with its first export consignment to Saudi Arabia.

1972

Under-lining the successes of the Brand, the first DSI showroom in the heart of Colombo was opened.

1978

To Reap the Benefits of Investments the first diversification project was launched as the Samson Exports Garment-Factory.

1978

To directly import raw materials and relevant components and accessories, the Samson Trading Company was incorporated.

1980

A Second shoe factory named Samson Manufacturers Ltd, was launched to manufacture footwear under the brand name -"Ranpa".

1980

Giving life to the principles of constant improvement, the Samson Engineers (Pvt) Ltd. was incorporated to manufacture moulds, die-cutters, and other components using modern technology.

1983

The 2nd diversification project to manufacture bicycle tyres & tubes under the DSI brand name, Samson Rubber Industries Ltd was launched.

1987

The 25 Year anniversary of DSI Footwear was celebrated.

1992

Samson International as a public quoted company was listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange.

1992

To provide a boost to budding national artists, the Sithuvili art competition was launched.

1993

Entered the coir sector in making another diversification by setting up Samtessi Brush Manufacturing plant to export coir products.

1994

Samson Rubber Products was Incorporated to manufacture and export moulded rubber products.

1994

D. Samson & Sons Ltd., wins the coveted Entrepreneur of the year award.

1996

A Third shoe factory, Samson Sportswear Ltd., was launched to manufacture school and sports shoes.

1997

DDP Packaging was incorporated to produce corrugated cartons.

1999

D. Samson & Sons Ltd opens the 100th ultra-modern DSI showroom in Kandy.

1999

Another Diversification was made venturing in to food and beverages sector by joining with Kelani Valley Canneries (KVC) Ltd.

2001

DSI was selected as one of the three outstanding brands in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.

2002

The 40 Year anniversary of DSI Footwear was celebrated.

2002

Yet another diversification comes to fruition when Samson Rajarata Tiles clay roofing tile manufacturing plant was opened.

2004

The First showroom abroad was opened in Chennai, India.

2004

FILA and RBK (REEBOK) appoint D. Samson & Sons as authorized reseller in Sri Lanka.

2005

Samson Information Technologies was incorporated to provide IT services and products.

2005

DSI Samson Group enters Joint collaboration with SDV International Logistics (Pvt) Ltd.

2006

Venturing in to the renewable energy field, a mini hydro project was incorporated as Hydro Trust Lanka, generating 2 mega watts of power.

2007

Diversifying to manufacture bicycled to the European Market Samson Bikes (Pvt) Ltd. Was incorporated.

2008

Mount Spring Water (Pvt) Ltd. was launched – to bottle and trade natural spring water from virgin forest area sources.

2008

DSI Samson Group (Pvt) Ltd. takes in CIC Agribusiness as a major partner in Kelani Valley Canneries (KVC) retaining a 20 percent stake in this subsidiary of CIC Agribusiness.

2008

DSI Samson Group through its investment in Central Hospitals Colombo (Asiri Central), extended the partnership with Asiri Hospitals Ltd.

2008

Samson Insurance Brokers ( Pvt) Ltd. was incorporated as a fully-owned subsidiary of DSI Samson Group ( Pvt.) Ltd.

2010

Samson Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd. was expanded at Rathupaswala, as a tires and tubes manufacturing plant.

2010

Fitch Ratings (Colombo) Singapore upgraded rating of DSI Holdings Limited & the rating on its senior unsecured notes to 'A-(lka)' from 'BBB+(lka).

2010

DSI Super Sport triumphs again, with DSI Samson Group been rewarded “The Brand Leadership Award” - the prestigious International award.

2010

DSI Samson Group sign Up with DELL Global B.V as a Dell Distributor.

2011

Samson iT (re-branded Samson Information Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.) becomes the DELL authorized distributor in Sri Lanka.

2011

DSI Samson Group signs up with AVIRA Germany as an Avira Distributor.

2012

DSI Samson Group acquires Globe Knitting (Pvt) Ltd.

2012

The 50 Year anniversary of DSI Footwear was celebrated.

2013

D. Samson & Sons Ltd. was restructured as a pure distribution company.

2013

DSI Samson Group launches Dell Laser Jet Printers in Sri Lanka.

2013

DSI Samson Group launches Dell Projectors in Sri Lanka.

2013

DSI and Samson Sportswear (Pvt) Ltd. Amalgamation.

2014

Waves launched.

2014

Capitol Lanka (Pvt) Ltd - acquired by DSI.

2014

SCOM start new plant - Thermoform Plant.

2014

SIL - Launched Samson PVC.

2015

SIT appointed as Samsung printer distributor.

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Kumaran Rathnam Road
Colombo 02
Sri Lanka.

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