Milestones in the History of Link Natural
After twenty five years of competitive existence, Link Natural is in the process of moving to another phase in its growth that seeks a future of excellence and perfection with the synergy of ancient ayurvedic wisdom, modern science & technology and modern management systems.
The 25 year history of Link Natural Products is testimony to well organized and planned growth with environmentally friendly systems in place.
Established in 1982
Link Natural Products was incorporated, commissioning an Essential Oil manufacturing plant at Dompe in the Gampaha District. Initially the factory was a basic, metal sheet roofed building of 1,700 sq. feet with a staff of 07.
Two years later in 1984
Diversified to Ayurvedic sector, commencing manufacture of Generic Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals.
Again in 1992
The factory was relocated in the present venue. Constructed a modern 17,000 sq. feet building complex. Staff was increased to 42
Then in 1993
Launched Link FiveHerbs, a herbal tea, as the first Over-the-counter product of the company
Marked a significant turning point in strategic direction of the company. After 5 years of research and development, launched Link Samahan as an instant Peyawa, first of its kind in the local market.
Foreseeing the importance of innovations that provide maximum benefits to the customer, the company upgraded its existing R&D laboratory with state-of-the-art high tech equipment and instrumentation, as well as qualified personnel.
Fulfilling the need for high quality hair oil in the local market, Link Natural launched Link Kesha. At a time when the market was dominated mainly by Indian hair oils, Kesha was a fine alternative for the consumers who preferred a Sri Lankan brand, which can compete with other brands.
The company introduced Link Musclegard, which is a herbal anti-inflammatory ointment.
The millennium year was significant to Link Natural since it took few giant steps on its strategic direction, expanding to international markets in a higher scale, during the year. Accordingly, Link Samahan was launched in the South Indian market, a major victory for any local Ayurvedic product.
Exported the first consignment of Personal Healthcare Products to the United States under the brand "Araliya". This range of products was the first step in manufacturing personal care and spa products to international market.
Link Sudantha, a herbal toothpaste for total oral care was introduced to the local market.
An effluent treatment plant was commissioned to purify the waste water.It was an important step in the company's environmental management process, which is a concern of most of the international consumer groups.
For the standardization and implementation of Quality Management system, Link Natural was awarded the ISO 9001 certificate by SGS Ltd., with the accreditation of United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
New four storied Essential Oil and Oleoresins plant was commissioned. It is equipped with modern equipment and machinery for increased capacities, and fulfilled GMP and other safety requirements for the products.
Further expanding the global drive, Link Samahan was launched in Malaysia.
ISO 14001 certificate was awarded for the implementation of Environmental Management System, also by SGS Ltd., With the accreditation of United Kingdom Accreditation Service
A significant move in the company's strategic path was seen as Link Natural joined hands in partnership with CIC Group of Companies.
Having recognized the importance of knowledge sharing as a prospective global player in the herbal products industry, the company launched the inaugural issue of its biannual periodical, Link Natural Products DIGEST.
Another herbal tea Link Natural Gotukola Teawas launched.
New two storied welfare building was commissioned providing improved facilities for employees. The complex includes changing rooms, sanitary facilities, fully equipped canteen, modern auditorium, a library and sports facilities.
The company won the Presidential Award for Environmental Excellence for Year 2004
Won the National Science and Technology award for 2005 for quality standardized ayurvedic herbal health care products, from the MInistry of Science & Technology, Sri Lanka.
Link Natural Swastha Thriphala was launched to the market. It is an alternative for conventional Thriphala powder used for a long time in the Ayurveda system.
Started manufacturing of wellness product range for Banyantree spas of Thailand. The Banyantree, which has a chain of spas located in a number of countries, is a gateway for Link products to the world market
Link Samahan, which revolutionized the treatment of cold and cold related ailments, received prestigious "Superbrand" status for being one of the strongest brands of Sri Lanka.
Fulfilling the need for an easy to use, high quality product for the segment that seeks traditional remedies, Link Natural Enriched Paspanguwa was introduced to the market.
Obtained the HACCP certification for implementation of programmes to ensure the safety of products, thus enabling the company to fulfill the requirements of the market of developed countries.
Link Samahan was launched in North India
Link Natural won the Presidential Export Award for outstanding export performance of Herbal and Health-Personal care Products, for the year 2005