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Ideal First Choice introduces the unbeatable and versatile Schwing Stetter Self Loading Mixer to the local market



Sri Lanka’s premier automotive solutions provider, Ideal Motors (Pvt) Ltd’s subsidiary Ideal First Choice has broken new ground introducing the Schwing Stetter Self Loading Mixer to the local market recently.

Ideal First Choice is the sole representative for the equipment, manufactured and distributed by Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the acclaimed German group, Schwing Stetter.

German’s Schwing Stetter with a rich history for over 88 years, and as the world’s leader for concrete construction machines, has located its wholly-owned subsidiary Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd in Chennai. While Schwing Stetter’s factories are situated worldwide, the group’s entity in Chennai supplies equipment to Sri Lanka was well as 27 countries globally. This factory manufactures and distributes Batching Plant, Truk mixer, Boom Pum etc.

Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd also manages five plants across Chennai, manufacturing a wide range of concrete construction equipment. A massive 450 Self Loading Mixers are produced monthly.

Commenting on introducing this machine to the local market, Kasun Wickramaratne, National Sales Manager, Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd said, “Ideal Motors is undoubtedly the superior choice when selecting after-sales service for vehicles in Sri Lanka. Their customer service is matchless. As both our organizations are attuned to support customers, Ideal Motors is the best suited local authorized dealer for the Schwing Stetter Self Loading Mixer.”

Top construction firms such as ELS Construction, NEM Construction, Tokyo Super Mix (Pvt) Ltd use the Schwing Stetter Self Loading Mixer. Since being appointed the local authorized dealer, Ideal Motors (Pvt) Ltd has concluded a successful sale of the Self Loading Mixer to Sri Ram Construction.

The Self-Loading Mixer is an off-highway, rough terrain machine which can be easily operated, and is able to transport mixture with minimal costs. The novelty of the Self-loading Mixers is that within the vehicle it can automatically mix the concrete. Especially, in rural villages, for the development of smaller roads, the equipment is able to play a vital role.

Through an automatic system, the machine blends water, cement and stones to create the concrete and impressively is able to provide a valid receipt to the customer on the quantities of sand, stones and water used to manufacture the cement.

Dilshan Tennekoon, Head of Sales, Ideal Motors said, “The Ideal Group is recognized within the vehicle market as a trusted and leading entity which has within a short timeframe marked many achievements. The foresight and guidance of Ideal Group Founder and Chairman Nalin Welgama, Deputy Chairman Aravinda de Silva and Director Chaminda Wanigaratne has successfully contributed to help raise the local economy and also the prosperity of customers within a short period.”

Currently, the construction sector is contributing immensely towards Sri Lanka’s development. Ideal Motors is deeply committed in supporting this sector and helping organizations involved in construction to achieve every success. Ideal Motors aims to unveil other new products to the market shortly. We have realized that many organizations have become ineffective in introducing products as they are unable to maintain the equipment and support clients through after sales requirements, negatively impacting customer businesses. However I am pleased to note that we at Ideal Motors, have already made the necessary arrangements to offer superlative after-sales service for the equipment we market. Moreover, customers will be able to maintain their equipment with minimum cost, time, effort and a reduced workforce thus achieving every success within the industry. This was revealed based on a recent survey we conducted among customers in the sector who seek quality vehicle accessories and machinery. Our decision to obtain authorized dealership status from Schwing Stetter India (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the renowned German group, Schwing Stetter, is due to these reasons,” Tennekoon added.

Ideal Motors operates a large network of over 300 after-sales service centres with fully-trained technicians and engineers, across the island. As an organization Ideal Motors remains dedicated to supporting entities involved in the construction sector through its island-wide after-sales service network and invites companies in the industry to experience the consistent superior service.

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Daraz donates Rs. 2 million to ITUKAMA COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund



Daraz showcased their perseverance in combatting the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through their donation of Rs. 2 Million and the supply of PPE kits to the ITUKAMA COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund.

The donation was handed over to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha at the Temple Trees on 19th July 2021, in the presence of the Minister of Youth and Sports, and State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development, Namal Rajapakse and State Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government, Minister Roshan Ranasinghe. Representing Daraz Sri Lanka were Managing Director, Rakhil Fernando, Chief Operations Officer, Darshika Attanayake and the Head of Administration, and Procurement, Malith Ranadewa.

The ITUKAMA project is a fund raising initiative for the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to support the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19. Initially established with a donation of Rs 100 million from the President’s Fund, the fund aims at securing the safety of those in the health sector and other essential service providers while facilitating the aid of those made vulnerable by COVID-19. It simultaneously supports the improvement of Sri Lanka’s long term vigilance and preparation for future health emergencies.

Daraz has played an active role in supporting the community through a series of CSR initiatives spearheaded under Daraz Cares, since the onset of the pandemic and will continue to do so by aiding the government of Sri Lanka.




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Ceylinco Life opens latest Green branch on company land in Piliyandala



(Above, from left) Ceylinco Life Chairman R. Renganathan, Managing Director Thushara Ranasinghe and directors Messrs Devaan Cooray, Palitha Jayawardena and Ranga Abeynayake at the opening of the company’s new Piliyandala branch.


Ceylinco Life has placed another Green pin on its branch map with the opening of its latest eco-friendly branch in Piliyandala in a purpose-designed building constructed to the environment-friendly specifications adopted for all new branches on company-owned land.

Intended to reduce the Company’s carbon footprint while improving the customer and employee experience, the latest branch is located at No. 192, Horana Road, Piliyandala, on three floors that provide 5,683 square feet of space.

An investment of Rs 54 million, the Piliyandala branch completed in 11 months is designed for optimal use of natural light, is powered entirely by a 20kW solar power system that results in zero consumption of electricity from the national grid, and has its own waste-water recycling system. It is also equipped with the latest energy-efficient artificial lighting and air conditioning systems, has a rainwater harvesting facility and uses minimum amounts of pipe-borne water.

While the construction was designed to require minimum quantities of timber, trees planted in the premises upon completion of the building, further contribute to the Company’s Green agenda.

The building will function as an office for the Ceylinco Life branches in the Piliyandala area. With ample dedicated parking bays for visitors, it is designed to enhance customer convenience. In the same vein, the branch features private discussion rooms to ensure customer privacy within the premises and to deliver specialised customer handling processes by a team of well-trained and experienced employees, the Company said.

A cash deposit machine is deployed at the branch to enable deposits of policy premiums even during non-office hours and on holidays.

Ceylinco Life has been protecting the lives of the residents of Piliyandala and its suburbs via a dedicated branch since 1992. The newest branch is the seventh in the Colombo district to operate in a Ceylinco Life owned building and is the 43rd building owned by the company.

Ceylinco Life is in the process of constructing another Green building for its branch in Ja-Ela. The Company currently owns the buildings housing its offices in Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Kandy, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Tissamaharama, Negombo, Ratnapura, Kotahena, Mount Lavinia, and Wellawatte, many of which have already been converted to solar energy. New branch buildings purpose-built to the company’s sustainable energy model are those at Horana, Panadura, Wennappuwa, Bandarawela, Chilaw, Kadawatha, Jaffna, Malabe, Divulapitiya, Negombo, and now Piliyandala.

Ceylinco Life operates the largest network of 272 branches in Sri Lanka’s life insurance industry, giving it a physical presence in 142 cities, towns, and villages in every one of the island’s 25 districts.

Ranked the ‘Most Valuable Life Insurance Brand’ in Sri Lanka by Brand Finance and voted the ‘Peoples Life Insurance Service Provider of the Year’ for a record 15th consecutive year in 2021, Ceylinco Life has been Sri Lanka’s leading life insurer for more than half of the 33 years it has been in existence. In 2020, the Company was certified as a ‘Great Workplace’ in Sri Lanka by Great Place to Work®, was named the ‘Best Life Insurer in Sri Lanka’ for the seventh consecutive year by World Finance, and accorded an ‘Honourable Mention’ as one of the ‘Most Admired Companies in Sri Lanka’ by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK.

Ceylinco Life has close to a million lives covered by active policies and is acknowledged as a benchmark in the local insurance sector for innovation, product research and development, customer service, professional development, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

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IRD and SLPA payments via Pan Asia internet banking



Aligned to its strategy to extend the highest convenience and superior customer experience, Pan Asia Bank is the first bank in Sri Lanka to integrate with the LankaPay Online Payment Platform Common Interface, through which its customers can make payments to the Inland Revenue Department and Sri Lanka Ports Authority via Pan Asia Internet Banking.  

Customers wishing to pay taxes will no longer need to go through the hassle of depositing cheques for tax payments by visiting other bank branches. Instead, by simply logging into the Pan Asia Internet banking facility, they can now make their tax payments at a nominal and fixed transactional fee of Rs. 50/- irrespective of the value of the tax payment. The system supports tax payments up to Rs. 10 billion in value via a single transaction. This innovation offers a convenient, cost-effective and efficient option for taxpayers. 

Facilitated via LankaPay Common Electronic Fund Transfer Switch (CEFTS), these payments will be credited real-time 24X7 x 365. The system provides its participants with the required payment confirmation details on a real-time basis.

LankaClear launched LankaPay Online Payment Platform in 2017 under the direction of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, with the objective of digitally empowering government agencies by enabling large value transactions to be accepted via digital means.

Pan Asia Bank has been on digital transformation journey and this digital enhancement further strengthens its position as The Truly Sri Lankan Bank that puts customer convenience at the heart of its operations.


(Pan Asia Bank)

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