Sri Lanka

As newspaper reports show, the Bata company was running a store in the country as early as 1927. Several years after the Second World War, an affiliated company was registered and a factory as well as a network of stores were established here. The company operates in the country to this day.

  • In 1927, Bata shoes were sold in a corporate store located in Colombo.
  • In 1937, the Bata company owned rubber plantations on the island.
  • On 9 June 1950, the affiliated company Bata Shoe Company of Ceylon Limited was registered.
  • In September 1950, the Bata company brought machinery and instructors to Sri Lanka with the aim of establishing a Bata-owned shoe factory; two buildings were acquired for this purpose (one purchased, and another one rented); in March 1951, the production of rubber shoes was launched.
  • The number of employees gradually increased from 58 people (in 1951) to 108 (in 1954) and to 116 (in 1956).
  • In 1954, the production of rubber shoes was moved to a new factory — Ratamalana, situated to the south of Colombo; in 1955, 127,000 pairs of rubber shoes were produced here, which was 42.4% of the entire production in the country.
  • In the spring of 1956, the production range was expanded to include leather shoes.
  • In 1956, the actual sale resumed by opening a store (with 8 employees) in the country; the number of stores had increased to 48 by 1959.
  • In 1992, the Bata Ceylon – Mount Lavinia company was operating in the country.


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