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First of its kind virtual expo in the country



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

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.




CRYSBRO recognised for its entrepreneurial excellence at Star Awards 2020



Ranjana Mahindasiri, Group HR & Admin Manager, CRYSBRO Group of Companies, receving the Star Award for Farm’s Pride (Pvt.) Ltd

Affirming their leadership in Sri Lanka’s poultry industry, the country’s largest producer of poultry CRYSBRO was recently recognised for their entrepreneurial excellence at star awards 2020. Organised by the Department of Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Promotion under the Ministry of Industries of the Central Province, the annual State Awards ceremony saw CRYSBRO’s subsidiaries Farm’s Pride (Pvt.) Ltd win a ‘Star Award’ and Midland Breeders (Pvt.) Ltd win the highly coveted ‘Merit Award’ as the Best Performing Entrepreneurs in the large scale manufacturing category within the Central Province.

The prestigious awards ceremony was held at the Grand Kandy Hotel with Governor of the Central Province, Lalith U Gamage attending as its Chief Guest. Held annually, Star Awards is known for its comprehensive assessments of its entrants which entail a mix of field visits, presentations and several rounds of thorough interviews. They assess both the performance of the organization and its operations, as well as its entrepreneurial spirit.

“We are deeply humbled and honoured to receive this national recognition for entrepreneurial excellence and resilience especially during these unprecedented times. Our primary intention when applying to awards is to gain a better understanding of industry best practices and continue to elevate industry benchmarks within our own operations. The comprehensive assessments done by awarding bodies give an opportunity to find where we have to improve and what we are doing right, so that at the end of the day we provide poultry produce of the highest quality and safety to our customers. This is invaluable intel and winning an award thereafter is a cherry on top. I would like to also highlight that this victory is clear reflection of the collective commitment and hard work put in by the team at CRYSBRO as well as the patronage of our loyal customer base”, stated CRYSBRO Group of Companies, Group HR and Admin Manager Ranjana Mahindasiri.

As Sri Lanka’s largest poultry producer, this marks the second time the company is recognised for its excellence in operations. They were first awarded a state honour with the ‘Lak Rakiya Harasara’ award by the Ministry of Manpower.

CRYSBRO actively contributes to bolstering the country’s food security agenda as well as towards empowering the rural economy and its communities, inciting major communal and economical transformation in these regions through a series of powerful grass root initiatives.

Under CRYSBRO’s ‘Diri Saviya’ program, over 1,200 maize and rice farmers as well as 250 plus poultry smallholders are given access to a wealth of essential technical and infrastructural facilities to strengthen their operations, allowing them to sell their produce at market prices without the need for any intermediaries. Through ‘Sisu Diriya’, the company offered study material, scholarships and corporate internships to school children and students completing their university or vocational education. The project also contributed the development of better infrastructure facilities in under-developed schools across the island, as well as the donating of books to libraries.

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Skal International Colombo holds 67th Annual General Meeting



L-R Chief Guest Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Foreign Secretary, Dinushka Chandrasena (president Skal International Colombo), Bernard Wijetunge (Immidiate Past President) and Guest Speaker Rayhan Wanniappa, Director (Air Transportation and Economic Regulation) Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

The 67th Annual General meeting of Skal International was held recently at the Taj Samudra in Colombo on February 24. Sk. Dinushka Chandrasena, Managing Director of Travel Talk Asia was elected president and Sk. Ahintha Amarasinghe, Managing Director World Link Travels as Vice President for the year 2021/2022.

The Chief Guest at the event was Admiral Prof Jayanath Colombage, Foreign Secretary and the Guest Speaker was Rayhan Wanniappa, Director Air Transportation and Economic Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

Skål, founded in 1932, is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry with over 12,000 members in 99 countries.

Two new members were inducted during the luncheon, Pankaj Sampat, Area Director (Taj Asia Ltd) and TSL (Taj Safaris Ltd), General Manager for Taj Samudra, Colombo along with Kiran Bussari, Hotel Manager of Taj Samudra, Colombo.

Two awards of recognition for their longstanding service on the Ex-co were given to Sk Zahara Mufti and Sk Sega Nagendra.

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D. Samson Industries signs MoU with Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo



The formalising of the MOU

D. Samson Industries recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo (FOMUOC). The objective of this partnership was to collaborate for the production of a Beta Brand-Diabetic Shoe Range.

Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Kasun Rajapaksa, Managing Director of D. Samson Industries (Pvt) Ltd., Professor Vajira Dissanayake, the Dean, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo , Professor Mandika Wijeyaratne, Head Department of Surgery, Dr. Chathuranga Ranasinghe, Coordinator Sports and Exercise Medicine Unit, Dr Romain Perera, Dr. Thusitha Kahaduwa, Dilshan Rajapaksa, Director at DSI, Oshini Jayasooriya, Business Development Manager at DSI and Janaka Bandara, Assistant Business Development Manager at DSI were among those present at the signing of the MoU.

The number of diabetic patients in Sri Lanka is currently growing at an alarming level which calls for urgent medical attention and focus from medical authorities such as FOMUOC and SLMA. Beta diabetic shoes, produced by D. Samson Industries (Pvt) Ltd, are specially designed shoes intended to offer protection for diabetic feet and reduce the risk of skin breakdown, primarily in case of poor circulation, neuropathy and foot abnormalities. It is necessary to make diabetic patients aware of the benefits of this diabetic footwear, which can protect their feet in every level.

Beta diabetic shoes are designed with a protective interior made with soft material and with no stitching, as sometimes even the smallest prominence can irritate and cause skin breakdown in diabetic foot. The top of the shoe is soft and stretchable to suit tender and deformed feet. In addition, beta diabetic shoes contain special insoles that provide support, conform to the contours of the foot and reduce pressure on the bottom of the foot. The specially designed lightweight soles of the shoes are designed to facilitate ease of mobility.

The continuous improvement and development of the beta brand diabetic footwear will be undertaken with technical advice, research and support from the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo. With the added advice and consultation of the NIROGI Lanka project of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, this footwear will be of optimal use to diabetic patients.



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