Chem-Trend, a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of high-performance release agents, purging compounds, and other ancillary molding products, recently celebrated a decade of outstanding success in Sri Lanka with ambitious plans to expand its solutions portfolio to many other industry sectors driven by sustainability and innovation.
Establishing its presence in Sri Lanka on the eve of its 50th anniversary, predominantly serving the country’s tyre industry with its revolutionary products, the first semi-permanent release agents in the industry introduced three decades ago. Chem-Trend continues to be a leading brand in tyre, rubber and rotational molding.
Chem-Trend offers a wide portfolio of conventional, semi-permanent and silicone-free release agents. As an integral part of many manufacturing processes across diverse industries, these specialty mold release agents help businesses enhance their productivity and optimize efficiencies such as increased life cycles, extended lifespan of tool, die, mold, improve part and surface quality, and reduce scrap and defect rates amongst other benefits.
It also has an extensive range of advanced purging compounds including its Ultra Purge brand and molding ancillaries for a wide variety of applications including thermoplastics processing, die casting, wood fiber pressing, molding for polyurethane, tire, rubber and composites, and many other solutions for common problems.
Earlier this year, Chem-Trend announced that it has extended its services in Sri Lanka to include composites, polyurethane, thermoplastics, and wood composites. The global leader has been an active innovation partner in the local automotive industry.
With businesses in Sri Lanka and all around the world pledging to minimize environmental impact with better efficiency and more sustainable manufacturing, Chem-Trend takes great pride in being a partner for many in their journey towards embracing sustainability, a natural part of the company’s philosophy and core beliefs.
Its quest for continuous innovation and has always been at the core of the company. Some of its most notable ones include Preform Coating System (PCS), High Efficiency Release Agent (HERA™), Silicone Free Inside Tire Paints, The DilutionIQ™ System, and most recently the Silicone and Solvent-Free Release Agent Zyvax 1070W, an aerospace game-changer.
Its brand portfolio include Chem-Trend, Chemlease, Lusin, Ultra Purge, and Zyyax, with long standing success in industries such as Aerospace, Automotive and Transportation, Construction, Mining and Industrial, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Energy, Marine Craft, Medical Equipment, Packaging, and Sporting Goods.
Founded in 1960, today Chem-Trend, with parent company Freudenberg, have a global presence, serving nearly every manufacturing industry and leading the release agent and purging compound industries in innovation, in research, and in sustainability. For more information, visit www.chemtrend.com.
ESOFT Metro Campus holds Graduation Ceremony 2021
The Annual Graduation Ceremony of ESOFT Metro Campus was held at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Hall (BMICH) on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021. A total of 1,800 students graduated at this year’s event. Successful students received their Pearson BTEC Higher National Diplomas, Pearson Level 7 Qualifications, London Metropolitan University (UK) Degrees and MBA’s, Kingston University (UK) Degrees and MSc’s.
It was held across two days and split into 9 sessions, to be in full compliance with health guidelines. In addition to the conferring of degrees, batch tops were awarded gold medals and special awards were made to the top achievers of the programmes.
Keynote addresses were by an eminent group of academics and industry leaders including Mr. Conard Dias CEO, LOLC Finance PLC, Mr. Thushera Kawdawatta – CEO, Axiata Digital Labs, Dr. Dayan Rajapakse – Chairman and Managing Director of the ESOFT Group, Dr. Sampath Wahala – Chairman, Sri Lanka Accreditation Board, Mr. Tishan Subasinghe – Managing Director and joint Managing Partner Moore Stephens Consulting (Pvt) Ltd and Moore Stephens Aiyar, Prof. A.A.C Abeysinghe – M.Phil. PhD Programme Coordinator, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo.
Foreign delegates from the University Partners were present virtually and delivered their speeches and wishes for the graduates via video. The Virtusa careers team were also present on both days in order to provide career opportunities to the young and successful graduates. ESOFT prides itself in producing graduates who are work-ready and able to take on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new economy.
ESOFT has a rich history of 21 years and is the largest private sector higher education network in Sri Lanka, and offers a variety of programmes through an extensive island-wide network of over 40 branches and serves over 40,000 learners each year in a range of programmes from school leaver courses to postgraduate programmes.
ESOFT partnered with Kingston University London in 2012 to offer undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering and soon established a dedicated College of Engineering in Katubedda. In 2013, they partnered with London Metropolitan University to offer a range of programmes leading to undergraduate and postgraduate awards in Computing, Business, Hospitality, and Travel & Tourism. A range of MSc programmes in IT and an International Doctoral programme for IT, Science and Engineering research areas, has also been introduced via Kingston University.
The ESOFT Group has won local and international awards from Pearson (UK), BCS (UK), NBQSA, National Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Sri Lanka in recognition of their academic excellence and business performance. Their pinnacle accomplishment was to be recognized by the Sri Lankan Government as a Non-state Degree Awarding Institution in 2019.
Coconut industry products raking in forex to the tune of $ 7000 yearly – State Minister
By Steve A. Morrell
Earnings from exporting coconut products amounted to $ 7000 annually. Such exports include jaggery and treacle, which are key products relating to the coconut industry, State Minister of Coconut, Kithul and Palmyrah Cultivation Promotion Arundika Fernando said.
Although coconut, as part of the plantation industry, was not given due recognition, it was now a distinct contributor to forex earnings and was of significant importance to the economy of the country, Fernando said.
The State Minister added: “Development of the coconut plantations includes value addition promotion to its various products, which are now key to sustaining the coconut plantations.
“Such development included propagation of 600,000 nursery plants for distribution among smallholders and large-scale plantations to add further progress to the industry. As a result, the coconut industry is part of the mainstream economy.
“The coconut industry made a substantial financial contribution to the economy of the country. Value addition in all products was key to development. Coconut products, used extensively in allied local industries, were contributors to value addition. This is efficiently handled by the private sector.
“Collaboration with the Jaffna University was on-going to develop kitul and palmyrah.
“Soil testing and further inputs were envisaged for development.
“Export markets would include Europe, Canada and the US. This is particularly true of kitul treacle and jaggery. Value of these exports would reach approximately $ 2 million.”
INSEE Cement’s 360-Degree Approach Eases Cement Shortage in Sri Lanka
Operating at maximum production capacity with optimized distribution channels for a number of weeks, INSEE Cement has successfully helped to mitigate the cement shortage that was prevailing in the local market. INSEE Cement’s concentrated and immediate contingency measures across its entire operation at the onset of the shortage ensured an uninterrupted market supply of cement, while also logging a record-high 700,000 MT production output during the third quarter of 2021 for the company.
“As Sri Lanka’s leading cement manufacturer, INSEE Cement took on the responsibility to ensure the local construction industry’s post-COVID-19 revival remained on its trajectory,” stated Gustavo Navarro, Chief Executive Officer at INSEE Cement Sri Lanka. “We continued to fully support government regulations and industrial policies to first stabilize the market, and were able to deploy our island-wide distribution and dealership network to ensure an uninterrupted supply across the island. The loyalty and patience of our customers gave us that extra encouragement we needed to overcome the challenge.”
INSEE Cement operates at a 3.6MT maximum capacity, with a 1.5MT production at the Galle plant, a 1.3MT output from the Puttalam facility and a 0.8MT import capacity at the Colombo Cement Terminal. To mitigate the shortage the company introduced two more additional import vessels to its logistics operation to accelerate production and distribution cycles.
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