Welcome to Ideal Group

40+ Years’ Experience 
Reflecting the values and passions of its leaders, the Ideal Group has grown exponentially over the last twenty years. Establishing itself as a front-runner in the automotive industry. The Ideal Group has also diversified into a host of other growing industries tipped to change the landscape of technology and business over the next few years. What makes the Ideal Group different is its focus on diversification, the extended family culture within the company, its dedication to maintaining the highest quality after care services and its unwavering focus on furthering the living standards and opportunities in Sri Lanka. 
The culture inculcated at the Ideal Group is that of empowerment, family values and a sense of community, the success of which is evident in the fact that the Ideal Group has – in a far shorter span of time – put itself on par with similar companies that have been in existence for much longer. The  success of the Ideal Culture stems from the vision, passion and drive of its founders, who believe in hiring individuals who are passionate about their  field and are looking to not only grow their careers but also to expand the scope of the industry they work in. The extended family concept that employees grow with within the Ideal Group becomes the infrastructure that facilities employees giving 100% each day and excelling in their chosen fields. 
The company-wide dedication to excellence is reflected in the above par aftermarket services offered by every SBU under the Ideal Group. Equipped with an unmatched network of dealers and service points across Sri Lanka and powered by graduates of the Ideal Motors Technical Training Center, the Ideal Group offers the largest network of repair/ service centers island wide, 24 hour break – down assistance teams and state of the art multi-brand and specific brand after sales services. 
This network is the backbone of the Ideal Group’s highly successful community development initiatives. Dedicated to eradicating abject poverty and establishing a higher standard of living facilities and quality of life across the nation, the Ideal Group steps in wherever they identify a specific need, both as a business and as individuals – a fact that is a great source of pride for its founders who strongly believe in the need to give back to Sri Lanka and help develop the opportunities for growth and empowerment across the island. This translates into a strong sense of community. Not only are employees given the highest quality training, they are encouraged to follow the company-wide commitment to bettering communities and giving back to the country that has so benefited them. This has been successful in the fact that Ideal Group employees have been known to carry out personal charity projects on a small scale – independent of those initiated by the founders and the company. The Ideal Group is truly different in that it is a  collective of individuals who have been guided and molded to achieve the very best on many levels : for themselves and their extended family at  Ideal, for their industries and communities and for Sri Lanka as a whole.

Our Vision

To be the nation’s most diverse & trusted automotive solutions provider – uplifting you towards stability through innovation

Our Mission

At Ideal, we provide a range of commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and industrial applications, backed by a superior Island-wide customer care service at an affordable price. We believe in attracting and retaining the best talent to deliver on commitment and excellence to bring value and a world class experience by empowering our customers to RISE

Our History

IDEAL Motors (Pvt) Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary company of the IDEAL Group which has core business interests in Motor Franchise Imports and Motor Spare Parts in Sri Lanka. Since November 2009, IDEAL Motors has been the Sole Authorized Distributor for Mahindra Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles manufactured by Mahindra & Mahindra Company Ltd. India.

Ideal Motors sold over 50,000 vehicles in the country and today, Mahindra has emerged as the market leader in above one Ton category with over 50% market share, and maintaining 35% market share in below one Ton Category. Ideal Motors Sales Showrooms, Regional Repair centres and authorized service dealers are widespread with Spare part dealers have also been appointed in every city. This network is aimed at facilitating all Mahindra customers with the best possible service at all times.

Since Partnering with Mahindra & Mahindra in 2009, Ideal has expanded the ‘Mahindra’ market share in the popular ‘Light Truck’ segment by nearly 50% in just 7 years, displacing Tata Motors who had been dominant in Sri Lanka for the last 75 years. Apart from attaining market dominance backed by excellent customer service and a dedicated team of professionals, Ideal Group continues to expand within the industry, offering the nation’s a widest range of automotive related services.

Our Board of Directors

Nalin J. Welgama
Founder & Chairman of Ideal Group

Nalin Jayaraj Welgama is a senior Accountant having managed a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom for several years prior to embarking upon an entrepreneurial function as founder Chairman of Ideal Group. He Conceptualized and found Ideal Plant and Vehicles Ltd UK in 1986, a company engaged in the worldwide export of luxury motor vehicles contractor’s plant and machinery from the UK

. In 1996, with the formation of Ideal Automotive Parts (Pvt) Ltd. the seeds were sown for the establishment of the group which at present comprises of 14 companies, each of which are playing a leading role in their respective business segments. The Group has diversified into Passenger cars, commercial vehicles, heavy machinery, motorcycles, import and distribution of Tyres, financial services, automotive parts and renewable energy and constitutes a combined turnover in excess of Rs. 25 billion annually and employees over 2,000 people.

Nalin J. Welgama is the youngest son of the renowned philanthropist entrepreneur Mr. S. A. Welgama whose name is synonymous with road haulage (transport) in Sri Lanka, a company whose origins date back to 1931

Aravinda De Silva
Deputy Chairman of Ideal Group

An all-time legend in the cricketing world, Aravinda De Silva with an international cricket career spanning over 20 years, is the only cricketer to have scored a century and taken three wickets in a World Cup final. He was instrumental in winning the Cricket World Cup for Sri Lanka in 1996 and was adjudged as Man of the Match on two occasions, in the all-important semi-final and the final. He retired at the pinnacle of his career in 2003 as Sri Lanka’s highest ever run-scorer in Test and ODI, having captained the side many times including the 1991/1992 World Cup.

Aravinda De Silva further continued his association with the game in Sri Lanka, serving in an advisory capacity to Sri Lanka Cricket and the Minister of Sports, as well as being Vice-President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Chairman of Selectors and Cricket Committee on numerous occasions.

Aravinda De Silva joined the Ideal Group of Companies in 2009 where he infused his passion for automobiles and keen acumen for cricket and became a co-partner of the Ideal Group of Companies. He currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Group, which represents the global giant Mahindra & Mahindra in the Automotive and Finance sectors.

Aravinda De Silva has been involved in property and infrastructure development in multiple countries. His experience in identifying investment opportunities and as a business strategist in mergers and acquisitions, keeps him actively involved as a private venture capital investor.

Mr. De Silva sits on a number of Executive Boards in the country and in 2017, he was appointed as Chairman of Thomas Cook Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Fairbridge Capital Canada.

Chaminda Wanigaratne
Director - Automotive

Mr. Chaminda Wanigaratne is an eminent mechanical Engineer and a specialist in the automotive after sales management and volume based automotive business management with over 25 years experience. He started his career in 1996 as a Design Engineer / Project Manager attached to the Ministry of Finance and planning where he worked on several foreign funding projects – technology transfer in production floor management , light engineering etc. Thereafter, he entered into the automotive sector in 2002 as a Workshop Engineer at United Motors, which is one of Sri Lanka’s most respected blue chip companies. Then, he served as the DGM – Genuine Parts and service, at TVS Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, the local agent for TVS Motor Cycles – India for 5 years developing genuine parts and service network.

He joined Ideal Motors (Pvt) Ltd in 2009 as the General Manager – After Sales, where he initiated Mahindra automotive after sales with a special focus on technology diffusion on Common Rail Diesel Technology (CRDe). Prior to his appointment as the Director Automotive of Ideal Group, he served as

the General Manager Group After sales for 3 years at Associated Motorways Private Limited (AMW), a fully owned subsidiary of Al Futtaim Group in UAE.

He has made a tremendous contribution in setting up after sales networks, workshop flow designs, handling volume base agencies, increasing market share and network expansion in the companies he has worked for. Mr. Wanigaratne is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya where he obtained Bachelor of Science and Engineering. He also possesses a Master of Business Administration – MBA (specialized in management of Technology) from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. He is also an Associate Member of The Institute of Engineers’ Sri Lanka – AMIE (SL). He has also been a part of several curriculum boards, technical committees on local technology transfer in Automobiles.

In his spare time, he contributes to automotive industry related articles, which are sent to popular publications and journals.

Dilani Yatawaka
Group Finance Director

Ms. Dilani Yatawaka, Group Finance Director of the Ideal Group is an experienced finance professional with over twenty years of post qualifying experience in building, leading and advising teams on finance, with a proven track record of contributions leading to improved financial performance and enhanced internal controls.

Prior to joining the Ideal Group, Dilani was the Group Finance Director of Associated Motorways (Private) Limited (AMW), a fully owned subsidiary of the Al Futtaim Group, UAE and was a board Director of three subsidiaries of AMW including the leasing and finance company. Dilani was greatly involved in the restructuring of the AMW Group post the Al Futtaim Acquisition and also provided the required leadership for the implementation of SAP across the Group.

Dilani carried out her article training of four years at Ernst & Young and obtained experience in auditing in various industries across the country.

She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and a Fellow Member of the Certified Management Accountants Sri Lanka.

Nimisha Welgama
Director - Legal & Corporate Affairs

Ms. Nimisha Welgama, Director Legal & Corporate Affairs qualified with LLB honors from the University of Warwick in the U.K., & also completed her Bar Vocational Course attached to Lincoln’s Inn, UK.
Later she moved to Sydney Australia & practiced as a solicitor in Australia gaining experience in many international and blue chip companies at Senior Level. Prior to returning to Sri Lanka she worked at Mills Oakley (Sydney) as Senior Associate – Toxic Torts and prior to that at DLA Piper (Sydney) as Solicitor – Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Prior to being appointed as Director Legal & Corporate Affairs, Ms Welgama worked as Advisor – Corporate Strategy and New Business Development of the Ideal Group.

Our Management Team

Sharanga Jayatilake
Group Head of Information Technology

Sharanga, possesses over 17 years of experience in the field of IT, inclusive of 14 years in IT Management. He has extensive experience in working for an ISP (Internet Service Provider) company with large scale communication installations such as satellite communications, microwave and fiber. In addition, he also has a wide-spread experience in large-scale system implementations in various sectors such as SL Navy, ICTA, NGOs, private institutes and banks. Sharanga, has a vast knowledge in is agile software implementation.

Prior to taking up the Group Head of IT position at Ideal Group, Sharanga held the position of Manager – Project & Implementation at Ideal Motors (Pvt) Ltd. and successfully implemented IFS ERP to the group of companies with the expansion of the high-availability system infrastructure.

Sharanga, held the position of Head of IT / Systems Engineer at IWS Holdings Group, which is a diversified conglomerate prior to appointment at Ideal Motors. He was able to render his services and expertise to varied sectors across the country, namely, premium automobiles, aviation services, communication and IT, leisure, television broadcast & mass media, shipping, warehousing & logistics and industrial solutions.

He is currently perusing MBA at the University of Colombo. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computers, Networking and Communications Technologies awarded by Coventry University (UK), an International Advance Diploma in Network Engineering certified by Informatics Academy and is Certified in RHEL (Red Hat Certified Engineer).

Chandana Sooriyaarachchi
General Manager - Logistics & After Market

With the wide range of accounting background, Mr Chandana has commenced his Accounting carrier at Kreston M N S & Co, a reputed Chartered Accountancy firm, in 1983. After obtaining his practical training stipulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka to obtain his Licentiate level Certificate, he received the senior membership of Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka in 1988.

Mr Chandana joined with Building Materials Corporation in 1985 and served them as the Accountant and the Internal Auditor. Then he joined the Manufacturing and Garment field where he rendered his service for 8 years in the capacity of an Accountant and the Finance Manager.

Entry to the Automobile field was marked by joining hands with United Motors Group as the Assistant General Manager Logistics and Operations for nearly 7 years where he gained a immense experience in Assembly, PDI, Motor Insurance and Distribution. One year basic training gathered on Workshop Practicing, Welding, Tool machinery, Mill Wright fittings, Elementary Auto & Power Electricity at Ceylon German Technical Training Institute helped him a lot to perform the tasks in the post at TVS Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Mr Chandana joined Ideal Motors (Pvt) Ltd as the Manager Logistics in 2010 and presently manages the After Market and Logistics divisions of the Company in the capacity of General Manager.

Malaka Vehalla
Deputy General Manager - Mahindra Corporate and Tender Business

Mr. Malaka Vehalla joined Ideal Group on 1st January 2012 to start the Mahindra Two Wheeler operation and he was the head of Ideal 2 Wheelers at the capacity of Deputy General Manager for four and a half years. Currently he is serving for Ideal Motors heading the Mahindra Truck & Bus operation. He counts over 15 years’ experience in automobile with total of 25 years of sales and marketing experience.

Malaka was previously attached to TVS Lanka as the National Sales Manager. Prior to TVS Lanka he has served for St. Antony’s consolidated and Metropolitan Group. Throughout his career he has gain lot of experience in the fields of sales & marketing, dealer network and distribution management.

He has done his higher studies at Open University of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.

Nadisha Perera
Group Head Of Supply Chain

Nadisha is heading the Group Supply Chain since 2018 April, in order to align Imports into strategic business direction while supporting 500+ staff across the group. After his secondary education he has done some courses and diplomas such as Diploma in International trade, Shipping and Logistics – Institute of Commercial Studies & Followed International Purchasing and Supply Chain Diploma which was conducted by WTO (World Trade Organization, Geneva). He started his career as a Wharf Clerk and exposure nearly 23 years in the corporate sector up to now. Prior to the present position, he was attached with the Manager Logistics – Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (November 2000 to April 2018).

In Dimo, he was responsible for total Logistics Operation of Air/sea freight Imports, exports, Transshipments, entreport, Ro-Ro vehicle clearance, Projects, fertilizer, placing of orders, foreign payment methods and bank procedures related to overseas business, Medical equipment and Bond shipments etc. Liaised with customs, banks, BOI, SLPA, shipping lines, out-source brokerage parties, freight forwarders and building up of good working relationship to have a smooth operation

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