Mr. Russell Elliot was posted by J. L. Morison Son & Jones (UK) as the first agent to set up a trading outpost in Sri Lanka.
J. L. Morison Son & Jones (Ceylon) was incorporated on 31 January 1939, on the eve of the Second World War by Mr. J E Ogle, a director of the parent company.
During World War II
Operations were temporarily shifted to Kadugannawa in the Kandy district, where business was tapered and remained subdued.
Post World War II
Recommenced the Colombo operations and increased brand presence for its earlier products viz. Marmite & Brylcreem.
Secured the agency rights for Mead Johnson Nutritionals Ltd to distribute the brands in its portfolio, leading up to popularizing ‘Sustagen’ as a trusted household brand.
Mr. M. B. Ogle took over the reins of J. L. Morison (Ceylon) and went on to extend an invaluable service for over 30 years to the Company.
Mr. Reginald Abeyawira who led J. L. Morison (Ceylon) with farsightedness for over a period of 60 years, joins the cadre as a trainee clerk.
MSJ Industries (Ceylon) Ltd, a pioneer in generic pharmaceutical manufacturing is incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary under the aegis of the Founder/Director, Mr. U. Karunatileka.
Shifted operations to its own premises equipped with modern amenities and factory at 126, Aluthmawatha Road, Colombo 15.
Broad based 100% foreign shareholding of J. L. Morison (Ceylon) listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange on 27 March 1964; as one of the first commercial ventures to list in Sri Lanka.
Established a subsidiary, MSJ Cargoes (Ceylon) Ltd to offer a one-stop solution for clearing, forwarding, warehousing and transportation.
Ventured into trading food products – tinned fruits and juices under the MSJ brand name.
Set up a book division with an agency agreement with Granada Publishing Ltd, UK and began the MSJ picture postcards project.
Commenced importing and distributing agro based products in affiliation with a Japanese company, Tozai Boeki Kaisha Ltd.
Acquired 78% stake of Canned & Preserved Foods Ltd, adding value to the food trading operations with a range of canned and preserved food products including catering to the export market.
A new subsidiary, MSJ Foods (Ceylon) Ltd commenced its trading operations.
Purchased 6 ½ acres at 620, Biyagama Road, Pethiyagoda, Kelaniya to erect a new office complex to accommodate the growing operations.
Mr. M. B. Ogle retired after nearly 3 decades of invaluable service to J. L. Morison (Ceylon)
With the parent company in UK winding down its operations, the majority stake of the Company was taken over by nationals, diluting the foreign shareholding from 49% to 33%.
Erected a new office premises and shifted part of the operations – the stores and marketing division to Pethiyagoda, Kelaniya.
Pioneered and established Compak Morison (Lanka) Ltd to manufacture particle Board out of paddy straw.
Compak Morison (Lanka) Ltd was listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange with an initial public offer which was oversubscribed. Non-viability of the project was subsequently established and discontinued operations in the mid 1990s.
Mr. Richard Gunatilake, after a dedicated stint of over 45 years, retired from his duties as a Board Director.
Bought over the 33% non-resident shareholding to become a fully owned local entity.
Mr. U. Karunatileka, the founding Director of MSJ Industries who played a critical role in taking forward the manufacturing operations and also the generic pharmaceutical industry in Sri Lanka, retired from service after nearly 40 years.
Principals of Godrej Sara Lee and Sara Lee TTK commenced local manufacturing operations in collaboration with J. L. Morison (Ceylon).
In conformance with the Sri Lanka Accounting Standards, J. L. Morison (Ceylon) consolidated its accounts with the Colombo Pharmacy Ltd with which it had an equity investment of 24%.
Shifted the administration and finance division to the new premises in Pethiyagoda, Kelaniya.
Supported Tsunami affected families with dry rations, clothes, water and pharmaceuticals and initiated a housing project in the Galle district in partnership with the employees and principals.
Diversified conglomerate Hemas Holdings PLC acquired the majority shareholding.
Restructured and streamlined operations at J. L. Morison (Ceylon) with focus on healthcare and wellness products.
Upgraded the manufacturing plant at Aluthmawatha Road, Colombo to increase capacity.
Signed a 5 year buy back agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka. Launched Atorvastatin, a new generic molecule.
Launched the Morison’s Rx branded pharmaceuticals range, Gripe Ginger and Lacto Sun Lotion.
The Board of Directors resolved to build a new state of the art pharmaceutical research and manufacturing facility within the SLINTEC Nano Technology Park in Pitipana, Homagama.
The Corporate name of J L Morison Son & Jones (Ceylon) PLC has been changed as Morison PLC Secured the distribution for Biocon Ltd, Asia’s premier biopharmaceutical company in diabetes.