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Mahindra Ideal Welipenna goes green

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Mahindra Ideal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd in Welipenna, a subsidiary of the IDEAL Group was set to add a massive 805 Kilowatt (kW) solar power to the national grid, on 5 September, commemorating Founders Day, the birthday of Nalin Welgama, the company’s Founder and Chairman.

Notably, this groundbreaking event marks the first time-ever that a company engaged in Sri Lanka’s automotive industry will be adding such immense capacity to the national grid and supporting the country’s renewable energy drive.

Contributing to a greener planet and saving the nation’s resources, the Ideal Group’s subsidiaries including Ideal Motors, Ideal Choice and Ideal First Choice have previously established solar power units at its business locations and already benefit from renewable energy and earth-friendly solutions.

Marking significant progress in the use of renewable energy, the following Ideal location has installed solar power and contributes to the national grid;

The Ideal Choice Premium Vehicle Workshop in Ratmalana generates 407 KW with a capital of Rs. 55 Mn.,

Ideal Holdings, Ratmalana office generates 333 KW solar power having invested Rs. 45 Mn.,

Ideal Motors Main Mahindra workshop at Ratmalana is equipped with a 105 KW from an investment of Rs. 15 Mn.,

The Yakkala Ideal Motors showroom and Ideal First Choice workshop operates through a 102 KW solar system having invested Rs. 14 Mn,

The Ideal Motors and Ideal First Choice Showroom workshop at Puttalam have installed a 43 KW system investing Rs. 6 Mn.,

The Ratmalana Pre Delivery Inspection and Vehicle Yard workshop generates 40 KW through a capital of Rs. 5 Mn., and

The main Ideal showroom in Wellawatte generates 33 KW solar power through an investment of Rs. 5 Mn.

All these installations have been completed by Ideal Greentech (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Ideal Group, at a cost of Rs. 260 Mn contributing a monumental over 2 Megawatts to the national grid.

Commenting on its sustainability journey, Nalin Welgama stated, “The whole world is now focusing on renewable energy. As Sri Lanka too embraces the potential of renewable energy sources, we at Ideal Group believe it is our national responsibility to focus and contribute towards this national endeavour. Our showrooms and workshops throughout the island generate and use renewable energy and we are extremely proud of achieving a new milestone at our Mahindra Ideal Lanka plant in Welipenna which is set to generate 805 KW.”

Further elaborating, he noted, “At Ideal, sustainability is a way of life and a key measure of our success. Not even the rainwater collected at this factory is wasted. We have installed a waste water treatment plant ensuring all water used in our bays are cleaned and reused. Additionally, through the practice of adapting dynamic green concepts we have activated the planting of seedlings throughout the factory.”

Celebrating 5th September, the Ideal Group will also mark another momentous milestone for the nation and the automotive industry with the launch of the second phase at its Mahindra Ideal Lanka plant in Welipenna. The foundation stone for the new factory catering to Mahindra Truck assembling will be laid by Mr. Welgama. Upon competition of the factory, which is scheduled for December 2021, the installation of a massive 500 KW solar power system is also slated to take place.

The Mahindra Ideal Lanka plant in Welipeena, Kalutara was commissioned in 2019 through a partnership between India’s diversified global conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra and the Ideal Group. The state-of-the-art production facility built to global standards assembles the Mahindra KUV 100.

Today, the Mahindra KUV 100 has gained immense popularity in the country and become the preferred choice for customers. The plant is also set to assemble Mahindra trucks in the future demonstrating the strength of local manufacturing capabilities.

“At present, across the the world, due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, including in Sri Lanka we as a country face grave challenges. However, despite the nation in lockdown and our workplaces not fully operating to their normal capacities, the required electricity for consumption is generate through our solar power systems and being supplied to the national grid. As Sri Lankan businessman, I take great pride in this contribution and urge other companies and individuals to play a larger role in solar power generation for the country, supporting our nation’s future.”



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SLT-MOBITEL donates fourth PCR machine to Matara District Hospital

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Group Chairman of SLT-MOBITEL Rohan Fernando handing over the donation to Deputy Director of Matara District Hospital Upali Ratnayake accompanied by Dr.Thushara Vidanapathirana, Dr.Deepika Priyanthi and Group CEO of SLT-MOBITEL Lalith Seneviratne.

Recognising the importance to enhance Sri Lanka’s PCR testing capacity to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and to protect citizens, SLT-MOBITEL continues its support by donating yet another vital PCR machine to the District General Hospital in Matara recently.

The donation of the PCR machine valued at over Rs. 5.7 million is part of SLT-MOBITEL’s ‘Sabandiyawe Sathakaraya’ CSR initiative in further strengthening the nation’s healthcare systems and assisting communities in need.

The equipment was handed over to the Deputy Director of the Matara Hospital Doctor Upali Rathnayaka in the presence of Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, SLT-MOBITEL; Lalith Seneviratne, Group Chief Executive Officer, SLT-MOBITEL; Kiththi Perera, CEO, SLT; Shashika Senarath, CMO, Mobitel along with Regional GM, SLT; Regional Head – Mobitel and Hospital Staff.

Previously, PCR machines were donated to the Base Hospital, Karawanella, District General Hospital, Matale and the University Hospital of the Kotelawala Defense University. SLT-MOBITEL appreciates the support received from all Sri Lankans towards ‘Daana Paaramitha’ which was conceptualized as a platform to further increase community involvement in carrying out relief efforts to support families affected by the pandemic.

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Extension of lockdown negatively impacts CSE

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By Hiran H. Senewiratne

CSE trading activities commenced yesterday in a lacklustre manner with little share-buying interest and later on became negative following the government’s announcement on the lockdown extension until October 1, stock market analysts said.

The Colombo International Financial Centre (CIFC) at the Port City was set to commence this month and has been delayed until December owing to the current Covid 19 situation. This also affected CSE trading activities yesterday, analysts said.

Consequently, the stock market lost steam yesterday, closing on a negative note as investor sentiment remained erratic due to internal and external environmental factors. Both indices moved downwards or to negative territory despite healthy turnover in the market. The All Share Price Index went down by 46.09 points and S and P SL20 declined by 17.93 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 3.8 billion with two crossings. Those crossings were reported in Expolanka, where 600,000 shares crossed for Rs. 101.1 million, its shares trading at Rs. 158.50 and Sampath Bank one million shares crossed for Rs. 49.5 million, its shares traded at Rs. 49.50.

In the retail market, some companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Expolanka Holdings Rs. 1.2 billion (7.4 million shares traded), JKH Rs. 604 million (4.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs. 540 million (58.3 million shares traded) and Hayleys Rs. 204 million (2 million shares traded).

It is said that following two sessions of gains, the indices closed in the red due to price declines in large-cap stocks as investors opted to book modest returns after the recent sharp rally. Stocks such as Expo, LOLC, and JKH, which saw sharp gains in the past two sessions witnessed profit-taking at higher levels and weighed on the momentum throughout the session.

Further, high net worth and institutional investor participation was noted in Sampath Bank. Mixed interest was observed in Expolanka Holdings, Tokyo Cement Company and LOLC Holdings, while retail interest was noted in Browns Investments, Lanka Orix Finance and Industrial Asphalts. During the day 153 million share volumes changed hands in 24000 transactions.

As of yesterday, the current exchange rate of 1 US dollar was equal to 199.607 Sri Lankan rupees. This is an increase of 7.856656 percent (or +14.5401 LKR) compared with the same time last year (17 September 2020), when 1 US dollar equaled 185.067 Sri Lankan rupees.

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Lockdown takes toll on Sri Lanka’s manufacturing sector activities

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The resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2021 has slowed down the manufacturing activities in the country. Accordingly, the manufacturing PMI recorded an index value of 45.1 in August 2021 with a fall of 12.7 index points from the previous month, mainly driven by the decrease in New Orders, Production, Employment, and Stock of Purchases sub-indices. The decline in New Orders and Production, especially in the manufacture of food & beverages, furniture, and textiles & wearing apparel sectors, have mainly contributed to the overall decrease of the manufacturing PMI. Many respondents in those sectors highlighted that their local orders and distribution channels were affected due to the lockdown imposed as a measure of containing the pandemic. Further, many of them also emphasised that factory operations were disrupted due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus among employees. Employment sub-index also declined in line with these developments.

The decrease of Stock of Purchases was in line with the decline in New Orders and Production. Further, the difficulties encountered in placing purchase orders and in settling foreign payments also adversely affected the supply chain of raw materials and production schedules. Many respondents stressed that the continuous increase in the cost of imported raw materials adversely affected their profit margins. Meanwhile, Suppliers’ Delivery Time lengthened at a slower rate in August 2021. The manufacturers cautioned that the uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic would continuously hinder the prospects of the manufacturing sector, yet, overall expectations for manufacturing activities for the next three months remained above the neutral threshold.

Services PMI dropped to an index value of 46.2 in August 2021 with the restrictions imposed to contain the further spread of the COVID-19. New Businesses, Business Activity, Employment and Expectations for Activity sub-indices recorded declines. New Businesses decreased in August compared to the previous month mainly with the declines observed in wholesale and retail trade, insurance, real estate, and education sub-sectors. Business Activities across most of the sub-sectors such as, wholesale and retail trade, real estate, insurance and other personal activities reported considerable declines indicating the adverse effects of travel restrictions on their business operations. Nevertheless, transportation sub-sector recorded some improvements solely due to the growth in freight volumes. Moreover, financial services sub-sector also indicated improvements despite the disturbances from travel restrictions. Employment continued to fall at a higher pace as retirements and voluntary resignations exceeded the number of recruitments carried out during the month. Backlogs of Work increased at a higher pace in August along with the reduction in staff availability amid travel restrictions and growing COVID-19 infections of staff. (CBSL)

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