Sri Lanka’s largest aluminium extrusion manufacturer, Alumex PLC, is celebrating its first export win after taking home the Gold at the 29th edition of the annual NCE Export Awards held on 21 January. A subsidiary of the Hayleys Group, Alumex was conferred the title for the ‘Machinery & Light Engineering Products’ sector in the Medium Category – cementing its position as a leading exporter and contributor to the country’s growing economy.
2021 has been a challenging year for export-led corporations navigating the ongoing pandemic, and this year’s NCE Export Awards was a testament to resilience and recovery. The ceremony was founded by the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka with the aim to acknowledge and reward the outstanding achievements of export industry players, and in turn, celebrate their valuable role towards the industry and national economy.
“We are honoured to have achieved this prestigious recognition, which fuels our commitment to continue to provide top tier products to our stakeholders, both locally and internationally,” said Pramuk Dediwela, Managing Director of Alumex PLC. “Aside from being awarded for ramping up our export growth strategy and consistently meeting the needs of international trade, this milestone also highlights our adherence to ethical and green practices that contribute towards a more sustainable future for our industry as a whole.”
Having pioneered the role of fully integrated aluminium manufacturing at its inception in 1986, Alumex has since grown its portfolio and earned for itself a reputation as Sri Lanka’s leading provider of best-in-class and specialized commercial, industrial, residential, and architectural aluminium extrusion profiles; committed to sustainability and shaping industries around the world. Spearheading the country’s reach into international markets in 2019, Alumex has since experienced a rapid growth and expansion trajectory; currently exporting its products to Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, while simultaneously continuing to expand its operations across the globe.
More recently -in recognition of its sustainable manufacturing processes- the Company’s entire aluminium extrusion portfolio was certified with the Eco-Label by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL).
Alumex is a subsidiary of Sri Lankan multinational and diversified conglomerate Hayleys Group, which maintains a global presence across five regions, with business interests spanning 16 diverse sectors. Accounting for USD 600 million of the country’s foreign earnings and 4.2% of the nation’s total export income, Hayleys is a champion of sustainable innovation and represents one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent success stories.
Mahindra Ideal Finance One of Sri Lanka’s Great Places to Work
Mahindra Ideal Finance is not only one of Sri Lanka’s leading finance companies, but also one of Sri Lanka’s top employers of choice, attested to by the Company being certified as a Great Place to Work for 3 consecutive years, most recently in 2021.The Company has also been recognized amongst the Best 10 companies in the banking, financial services and insurance sector in 2021 by the Great Place to Work® Sri Lanka. As a result, Mahindra Ideal Finance has attracted a diverse group of individuals at the top of their game to be a part of the Company’s various teams. Having embarked on a landmark islandwide network expansion strategy, Mahindra Ideal Finance is also creating new opportunities for aspiring Sri Lankan professionals looking to build solid careers in financial services.
Duminda Weerasekara – Chief Executive Officer said, “As we are growing our presence around the country through the expansion of our branch network, we are looking for driven and passionate people to reinforce our teams. As we have been a dedicated, caring and trustworthy employer since our inception, Mahindra Ideal Finance is the ideal platform for dynamic young professionals looking to launch or grow their careers.”Great Place to Work®, headquartered in the USA, is the global authority on high-trust, high performance workplace cultures. Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.
Daraz Cares introduces ‘Buy one Give One’ initiative – To support families in vulnerable communities
The unfolding economic crisis in the country has presented Sri Lankans with unprecedented challenges, including scarcity of essentials, escalating living expenses and deteriorating living standards. The impacts of the crisis are graver and more ominous for those in vulnerable communities, where families struggle to make ends meet amidst mounting financial difficulties.As part of its commitment to give back to the community, Daraz Cares has come forward with a social initiative that pledges support for families in vulnerable communities. The initiative themed ‘Buy One, Give One’ will support Sri Lankan families faced with financial challenges with a pack of selected daily essentials. The selected items for the ‘Buy One, Give One’ initiative are, a 1kg pack of CIC Sudu Suduru Rice,a 500g of Orient Mysoore Dhal, a 300g pack of Maggi Coconut Milk Powder, 500g of Orient White Sugar, and 500 g packs of Sunlight Lemon and Rose Detergent Powder, which are all available for purchase via Daraz Mart.
The initiative will be implemented in a manner that, each time an individual purchase any desired quantity of one of the nominated items on the Daraz app, Daraz will donate an equal quantity of the same product to a family in vulnerable communities.Daraz invites everyone to purchase a preferred quantity of the selected items via www.daraz.lk/dmart/ and become a part of the ‘Buy One, Give One’ social initiative.
DIMO partners with Allianz to provide innovative insurance scheme to its TATA customers
DIMO together with Allianz recently introduced a state-of-the-art motor insurance & claim settlement scheme designed exclusively for DIMO’s TATA customers.The partnership is focused on assisting the customers to reduce costs incurred during conducting accident repairs through exemption of the owner’s payable portion for TATA vehicles within 5 years of date of manufacture. This innovative facility also offers all TATA customers of DIMO special insurance premium rates at the time of renewal of insurance. DIMO’s TATA customers will enjoy the utmost convenience and zero hassle as both DIMO and Allianz will coordinate all tasks from towing the vehicle to the nearest DIMO-TATA workshop, quick and efficient estimation & approval process, repairing of the vehicle according to exact manufacturer’s specifications, settlement of repair bills to handing over of the vehicle to the customer in original condition.
Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman & Managing Director of DIMO, said, “This partnership will further assist us in offering an enhanced service for our valued customers. As a company, DIMO has always stood for fuelling the dreams and aspirations of the communities we serve in, and it is a pleasure to be able to offer an innovative insurance scheme at a time like this, in collaboration with Allianz.
Gany Subramaniam, CEO of Allianz Insurance Lanka Ltd, said “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with DIMO to offer a customer-centric product, ensuring a vehicle is repaired and restored with minimum hassle.”
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