In contributing towards developing Sri Lanka as a globally competitive hub for logistics, Advantis 3PL Plus, a member of the Hayleys Advantis Group, announced a major expansion of its mega distribution centre, Advantis Logistics City (ALC), strategically situated at Kotugoda, Ja Ela.
The new wing, constructed on 2 acres, will add 121,000 square feet of warehousing space, expanding the total facility to over 450,000 square feet, making it the largest, and most technologically sophisticated distribution hub of its kind in Sri Lanka. With the Addition of ALC, Hayleys Advantis group will operate over 3.5 million square footage of total warehousing space, both locally and regionally, and currently has a distribution footprint spanning over 26.5 million kilometres per annum.
Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive Mohan Pandithage, together with Hayleys Advantis Managing Director Ruwan Waidyaratne, members of the Hayleys Advantis Group Management Committee, valued customers and other stakeholders were in attendance to witness the special groundbreaking ceremony held at the premises on the 8th of December.
“Hayleys has long served as a proud contributor to the nation’s development, and our logistics sector has been the bedrock of Sri Lanka’s economy. The pandemic revealed the importance of resilience in the logistics industry which gave Hayleys Advantis the opportunity to show what we are truly capable of, and our results speak very clearly,” said Hayleys PLC Chairman and Chief Executive, Mohan Pandithage.
He further stated, “Backed by strategic investments and conducive policies, our experience demonstrates that Sri Lanka has the potential to be a globally competitive logistics hub. With the commencement of the second phase of our expansion, we are positioning Advantis 3PL Plus to be a key driver of growth for decades to come. This will be accomplished by further integrating our nation into regional supply chains, in order to enable Sri Lanka to serve as a true nexus for trade.”
“It is with great pride that we unveil the second phase of our logistics hub to our prestigious clients, many of whom have stood by and collaborated with us during the pandemic to ensure uninterrupted supply chains. This is a true source of encouragement in our journey of well over a decade. We have taken many steps to uplift Sri Lanka’s logistics industry, and the extension of this facility will allow us to consolidate our operations further at a single location enabling unprecedented optimization of our service capacity, speed and value to customers,” said Hayleys Advantis Managing Director, Ruwan Waidyaratne.
Designed to cater to diverse industry verticals, ALC serves as a distribution hub capable of meeting the fast-changing needs of brands and retailers across the globe. Equipped with best-in-class technologies and product management systems focusing on automation and digitization, the facility is located close to the Port of Colombo, the Bandaranaike International Airport and the highway network.
“Businesses have rapidly evolved over the past two years with the onset of the pandemic, with a greater focus on operating efficiencies, capacity and service levels. The expansion of our facility will enable greater speed and agility, in order to fully cater to the evolving requirements of our clientele,” said Advantis 3PL Plus Director/CEO, Sheran Abeyesundere.
Advantis 3PL Plus has nearly two decades of experience in warehousing and distribution management and has taken its expertise to multiple countries in the region within the last decade. The company currently operates distribution centres in India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh, with the newly opened facility in Sri Lanka being the largest amongst them.
Advantis 3PL Plus is a subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis, the transportation and logistics arm of Sri Lanka’s largest and most diversified conglomerate, Hayleys PLC. As the 3PL leader in Sri Lanka for close to two decades, Advantis 3PL Plus has been providing its clients in South Asia and Southeast Asia with a full gamut of 3PL services. The services offered by Advantis 3PL Plus complement the integrated end-to-end logistics service offering of Hayleys Advantis, which includes freight, free zone, warehousing, transportation, distribution, express and last-mile delivery solutions. The strength of this seamless service offering has won Advantis many accolades from clients and industries across the region.