Mahindra Ideal Lanka automobile assembly plant receives ISO certification
Mahindra Ideal Lanka (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka’s only manufacturer’s automobile assembly plant, received ISO 9001:2015 Certification in May this year, making it the first local automobile assembler to have received this prestigious certification.
Entering into its first equity partnership with a local automotive company in a foreign market, Mahindra in partnership with Ideal Motors set up its first overseas automobile assembly plant in August, 2019. This plant is Sri Lanka’s first and only CKD plant, in which the operations done locally are exactly the same as those done in India – essentially: a car is built part by part, by Sri Lankans for Sri Lankans, truly employing and developing the talents of the island’s youth.
The plant at Welipenna is located in a 66 acre Green Oasis, in keeping with the vision to be a carbon neutral plant. It boasts of a roof mounted 1+ Mega Watt solar solution and a storm water harvesting water body in keeping with sustainable development needs.
With a big vision of Sri Lanka’s automotive market the Mahindra Ideal Lanka joint venture constantly strive to drive growth in the local economy promoting entrepreneurship through its component localization programme where local component manufacturers are developed directly by the expertise of international OEMs (original equipment manufacturer), ensuring said local components are manufactured and certified to meet international standards, a feat hitherto unachieved in Sri Lanka’s Automobile Assembly industry.
The ISO certification is entrusted upon the leading entities which strictly adhere to the best practices in terms of offering product quality and the manner in which they deliver the given promises to its customers. The plant earned this glorious certification which is the ISO 9001: 2015 given by United Kingdom Accreditation Services UK, through its commitment to excellence, especially in its processes and procedures.
Pelwatte Dairy-led Chef’s Guild supported Chef Event energises Sri Lanka tourism
Pelwatte Dairy, the leading local dairy brand in Sri Lanka that produces a range of dairy products and saves valuable foreign exchange, recently stepped into promoting a cornerstone in Sri Lanka’s culinary and hospitality sectors, the chefs of Sri Lanka.
The Chef Event held at Amagi Aria Hotel, Negombo, and organized by Pelwatte Dairy in partnership with the Chef’s Guild of Lanka, became a viable networking platform for the culinary experts while also giving a significant boost to their professional and skills development. The other partner of the event was the Amagi Aria Hotel.
SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise becomes SriLankan Airlines’ total communication solutions provider
SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise, the National ICT Solutions Provider, dedicated in their service to delivering best-in-class technology for the enterprise segment has signed a bilateral agreement with SriLankan Airlines with the support of Millennium IT ESP. The Managed Services Excellence event was held recently at the Jetwing Blue Hotel in Negombo.
Under this agreement, SLT-MOBITEL Enterprise will manage Service Solutions for SriLankan Airlines including Data Networking Services, Enterprise Business Internet Services, Wi-Fi Services including equipment and infrastructure, and Voice solutions.
“SLT-MOBITEL is proud to partner with SriLankan Airlines in delivering the best possible communication solutions. This partnership builds upon the strong history of collaboration between our two companies and demonstrates our shared commitment to serving Sri Lanka. By leveraging SLT-MOBITEL’s enterprise-grade services and solutions and Millennium IT ESP’s expertise, SriLankan Airlines will be able to operate more efficiently and better serve our country and its citizens,” said Janaka R. Abeysinghe, CEO of SLT.
Orient Finance earns Great Place to Work Certification for second year
Orient Finance PLC, a member of the Janashakthi Group, has received the prestigious Great Place to Work® Certification™ for the 2nd consecutive year reinforcing their position as a great workplace in Sri Lanka, and reflecting the company’s dedication to fostering a positive work culture for their employees who are considered the organization’s most valuable assets.
Great Place to Work® is an independent analyst that conducts anonymous employee surveys and culture audits to evaluate workplace practices and culture. Based on their analysis, they help organizations develop high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures that promote employee well-being and business success. To become certified, companies undergo a thorough vetting process that includes employee feedback, workplace policies, and practices. The Certification™ is based on a rigorous evaluation of company culture, which includes an assessment of trust, fairness, respect, and camaraderie in the workplace.
Orient Finance, as they celebrate this noteworthy achievement, also highlights the organization’s participation rate of 81% in the Great Place to Work® Trust Index© employee perception survey that indicates the commitment of their employees for engagement, and receptiveness to take action in order to build an exceptional workplace culture.
Orient Finance considers a supportive and optimistic work environment to be crucial to the success of the overall organization. Weighing on this, Director / Chief Executive Officer K.M.M. Jabir shared his thoughts: “Receiving the Great Place to Work® Certification™ for a second year has confirmed that our ongoing efforts to cultivate a thriving workplace culture have been successful. We are proud of this achievement, but we understand the importance of leveraging it to further improve employee experiences, engagement, and retention. We remain committed to fostering a positive and supportive work environment that encourages innovation and creativity, as we believe that this is crucial for any organization to succeed.”
Progressively, Orient Finance PLC has established itself as a customer-focused financial service provider that prioritizes innovation and offers exceptional products and customer service. With 31 branches across Sri Lanka, the company provides an array of tailored financial services which includes mobilization of Deposits, Savings Accounts, Leasing, Hire Purchase, Gold Loans, Alternative Finance Solutions, Corporate Financing and more.
The Company is a member of the Janshakthi Group, which operates in the finance, insurance, and investment sectors. The ‘Janashakthi’ brand embodies a strong culture of unity and collaboration, rooted in the Group’s values of ethics, honesty, transparency, performance, respect, and collaboration. The Group also promotes diversity and merit-based decisions as part of its growth culture initiatives, creating a vibrant and rewarding workplace for all employees.
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