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First of its kind virtual expo in the country

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The Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRISL) together with Smart Expos & Fairs (India) Pvt Ltd (SMART Expos) in collaboration with Export Development Board (EDB) launched the first-of-its kind virtual expo of plastics and rubber industry recently.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Suresh De Mel, chairman, EDB via an online platform. With more than 100 exhibitors from Sri Lanka, India, China and Taiwan, the virtual expo can be accessed via the following link https://srilanka.smartvirtualexpos.com.

The rubber products industry is the 4th largest export earning industry in Sri Lanka accounting for 7.9 % (US$ 786) of the total merchandise exports in 2020 and has established a reputation for its quality and reliability internationally.

“Sri Lanka produces a wide variety of value added rubber products from both latex and dry rubber such as tyres, gloves, industrial components, mats, miscellaneous sports goods, etc. Our main export destinations are USA, Italy, Germany, Belgium, UK, France and Canada,” de Mel said during the online launch.

PRISL in collaboration with SMART Expos, have been organizing  the Complast & Rubexpo successfully  in Sri Lanka  for the past 8 years, which has exposed the Sri Lankan plastics & rubber industries to emerging technology as well as new markets in Sri Lanka as well as internationally.

Considering the opportunities available for Sri Lankan rubber and plastic exporters, the EDB has joined hands with the PRISL to continue the Complast and Rubexpo via a virtual platform considering the present health and safety restrictions. The virtual exhibition of iComplast & iRubexpo which was launched on January 25 will remain live online till February 26, 2021.

iComplast & iRubexpo is an ideal platform for local organizations to promote and showcase their products to overseas visitors looking to source rubber and plastic products manufactured in Sri Lanka. Further these two exhibitions will keep the Sri Lankan rubber and plastic industry connected with international markets and technology developments around the globe especially during the present new normal conditions.

De Mel said the rubber product sector should make use of these opportunities for the development of the sector as well as aim to contribute towards the country’s export earnings by US$ 2 billion by 2025. He thanked the PRISL, for its collaboration and hoped that exhibitors would benefit immensely from this virtual exhibition.

Kaushal Rajapakse, president, PRISL while addressing the online attendees said the institute having served the nation for more than six decades is still a strong catalyst for the development and growth of the polymer industry in Sri Lanka. The two decades following the new millennium also witnessed the strengthening of collaborative relationships between the PRISL and governmental institutions such as the EDB, Ministry of Industries, CEA and the IDB.

The PRISL also made headway in promoting partnerships with overseas organizations and foreign universities for training, workshops and exhibitions. The establishment of the Finite Element Analysis and Simulation Centre (FEASC), as a Public / Private Partnership in 2018, is another strategic milestone in the history of PRISL.

B Swaminathan, CEO of Smart Expos and Fairs India Pvt Ltd, the overseas partner of PRISL, shared that the virtual platform was not merely an alternate during the current COVID period but a sustainable channel for promotion in the coming years.

For further details contact Chaminda Perera +947776129468.

 

 



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Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan owned company to receive FAMI-QS certification

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Farmchemie has obtained FAMI-QS certification being the first Sri Lankan owned company certified with FAMI-QS. FAMI-QS stands for Feed Additive and pre-MIxture Quality System, which compromises the safety of animal feed and the quality of processed goods in accordance with European regulation no. 183/2005 on animal feed. Farmchemie is a BOI approved leading manufacturer and exporter of animal feed additives and nutritional supplements in Asia. Farmchemie is equipped with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility from Bühler, Switzerland to offer quality assured manufacturing services for world-renowned European brands as well as own brands under Farmstar. Farmchemie has already established their presence in numerous international markets such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mongolia, Cambodia and Uganda. FAMI-QS will enable them to expand their markets including the European and USA.

“We are honoured to announce that Farmchemie becomes the first Sri Lankan-owned company to be certified with FAMI-QS in combination with ISO 9001: 2015 and Good Manufacturing Practices certification for animal feeding. By attaining FAMI-QS, we are able to anticipate the expectations of our clients for safe, high-quality goods by lowering the related risk and enhancing the quality of onsite feeds via a supply chain that is properly guaranteed. For that Farmchemie implements measures for Feed Fraud and Feed Defense according to FAMI-QS supply chain integrity module V2. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their continued support and dedication. We look forward to elevating the firm to new heights in the coming months and years, as our aims will always be centered on quality assurance and innovative manufacturing.” Managing Director Uditha Wanigasinghe stated.

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Exports Gold Award for Textrip

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Textrip Pvt Ltd, the export arm of the Elasto Group, was recently recognized, as the gold award winner for rubber and rubber-based products, medium scale category at the NCE Export Awards ceremony held recently in Colombo. The Chairman and Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera accepted the award at the gala event held at Shangri La Hotel. The national export awards ceremony, organized by the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), recognizes and rewards Sri Lankan exporters on their performance in the international market.

“We always strive to manufacture high-quality rubber-based goods, using the latest technology, adhering to the highest international standards, and showcasing Sri Lanka on the global stage. I would like to thank our clients, locally and internationally for their continuous trust and my staff for their hard work and dedication. They are the pillars of our success,” Managing Director of Elasto Group, Mangala Gunasekera stated. Textrip products have obtained a number of national and international quality standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, CET, REACH and their products are designed to adhere to the ‘Wellness Wisdom’ theme. The company works with over 100 top sports and wellness brands and exports to more than 30 countries including European countries and the United States. TEXSTRETCH Progressive Exercise Resistance Bands is one of the most popular products of the company. The product is a great full-body workout solution for users of any level.

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Sri Lanka Tourism returns to Spanish market after pandemic

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Spain is one of the fastest recovery markets for Sri Lanka Tourism after the pandemic and participation in FITUR argues well for the much-needed exposure for Sri Lanka as an attractive tourism destination for Spanish-speaking countries, contributing in a substantive manner to its overall growth strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism made the presence with the 28 private sector companies at 43rd edition of FITUR International Travel Mart which was held from 18- 22 January 2023, Madrid, Spain. FITUR is the largest tourism event in the Spanish Market where all the sectors leisure, business and MICE tourism meet under one roof.

Sri Lanka Tourism stall was ceremonially opened by Mr.Chalaka Gajabahu ,Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Mr. Agustin Llana and representatives of the leading private sector members of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka was able to attract high level of attention from the trade and travel visitors attended at the event. The Sri Lanka pavilion highlighted many aspects of its potential culture, beauty, Ayurveda and many more which Sri Lanka would offer as a tourism destination. Sri Lanka stand optimized the “So Sri Lanka” and “Visit Sri Lanka” vivid sights to attract the potential visitor segments. At the Sri Lanka pavilion, Ceylon tea was served for the visitors with a view of promoting Ceylon tea in the Spanish market.

On the sideline of the FITUR travel fair, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Burau officials participated at the events organized by the UNWTO. During the events, SLTPB officials met with the Mr.Harry Hwang , Director of Regional Department for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO.As a result of discussions, Mr.Harry Hwang has shown the interest to hold the UNWTO Joint commission in Sri Lanka in 2024.

Meantime, the SLTPB and Sri Lanka Embassy of France also took steps to arrange Business Meetings, exclusive media interviews, Air Line meetings at the FITUR 2023. The Media gathering conducted during the fair created the great opportunity to highlight the updates on the destination and create awareness on the destination.

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