Baurs was established in 1897 in Colombo and employs over 600 people in the various segments of the Company - Import, Export, Distribution, Manufacturing and Agency Business in Agriculture, Healthcare, Industrial Raw Materials, Exports, Airlines, Travel, Optics, Machinery and Engineering.
110th Anniversary Speech
One hundred and ten years ago, Mr. Alfred Baur founded this company with a vision to create a value for the future. Unlike many other companies founded at that time, the vision to create a company was not unlike the vision to create a legacy itself; a larger vision.
So what would the company be like? It wasn’t enough to create a fertilizer company. Baurs would be not only state of the art organisation, but under the leadership of Mr.Alfred Baur, it would be a leading-edge facility known for exemplary, research based and nationally recognized service to the nation.
In 2000, I was selected to be the new Managing Director of Baurs. This is now my eighth year and can only be described as a journey that would contribute to a marvelous story about discovery, passion, compassion and leading-edge organization, sometimes against all odds. It’s been a very intense trip “Back to the Future.”
As we continued to escalate our commitment to grow Baurs, the halls were filled with the echoes of decades past crying out to me. We all have proven that Baurs stands strong and rejuvenated in the Sri Lankan business environment.
Tonight is about the celebration of our proud heritage. Tonight is about the passion of the wonderful employees of Baurs and this night has been made possible by the support of those employees and a singularly, focused board that passionately embraces the continuation of a full-service, community-based organization contributing to the development of our host country and the legacy of Mr. Alfred Baur. This night has been made possible by the dedicated and phenomenal commitment of our employees. Our company would have closed, most assuredly, in the difficult days in the 1960’s and 70’s, had it not been for the work of these loyal, tireless men and women. I surely do not need to remind you of the work and commitment of our Honorary Chairman Mr. Thilo Hoffmann who navigated Baurs through those most difficult periods. Thank you Mr. Hoffmann. Thanks also go to the committed members of the Baur Foundation who in the spirit of Alfred Baur were always very supportive of Baurs and ensured the continuation. I like to mention in particular Mr. Ilg.
I also take this opportunity to thank all the employees of the company and my colleagues on the Board who have supported me throughout these years.
I know that we have a responsibility to ensure the successful continuation of Baurs and to assist in the transformation of this organization to be geared for the future. But rest assured, we will make it happen.
As President Roosevelt said, “Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”
Thanks to all of you for allowing me to do what I can and for giving me all that you have.”