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Pioneer hospitality service provider doubles revenue second year running



EuroKitchens Trading & Contracting (Pvt) Ltd. (EKTC), Sri Lanka’s pioneering hospitality solutions provider, is experiencing a strong client-led growth, leading up to a doubling of its annual revenue for the second year in a row as it gears up to establish a stronger regional presence. The company –with its solutions currently being offered in Sri Lanka and the Maldives- attributes this significant increase in demand for its products to its decision to strengthen its workforce by prioritising the hiring of skilled employees and the up skilling of its existing staff.

This increased financial yield cements the company’s position as the market leader in providing only the finest commercial cooking systems and appliances, especially during economically challenging times. However, in holding firm to its commitment to providing clients with comprehensive and A-grade product solutions, EKTC –a subsidiary of PromoLanka Holdings- has taken the decision to invest heavily in its operations; namely the people who run them.

Aside from decidedly recruiting highly-skilled workers, the company has also taken several unconventional initiatives to improve the wellbeing and resourcefulness of its existing employees; be it through offering flexible work options to prioritise a healthy work-life balance, providing training workshops to fuel employee growth, or encouraging team-building exercises to foster a positive workplace culture. These employee-centred moves, the management says, have resulted in a high staff retention rate, leading in turn to an overall improvement in quality of products and services, and satisfied customers as a result.

“The decision we made to invest in employing more talented and passionate subject-matter experts has yielded evidently positive results, and has also contributed towards helping us in improving our processes, allowing us in turn to provide a better customer experience ” said Adil Mansoor, CEO of EKTC. “While we were already in a strategic position to weather the storms of the COVID pandemic and periods of economic instability, these new initiatives have further improved our product and services, and also enabled us to diversify our solutions offering further.”

“As a detail-oriented company, we have always prioritised our operations and processes,” said EKTC General Manager, Thushara Gunawardhana. “We currently work with the most up-to-date, internationally certified project management and design software, so as to ensure that we create only the best possible solutions for our growing client base.

“We also understand fully the market challenges with regards to shortages of manpower and rising costs, and our tailor-made solutions enable our clients to be better prepared to manage this,” he added. “We always take the more efficient and rational approach to driving long term sustainability for our clients.”

More recently, EKTC has broken into new verticals by expanding its portfolio to include industrial laundry solutions. Having laid the groundwork by working with suppliers and on boarding new technical hires, the company has already commenced providing this service to some of Sri Lanka’s largest players in the HORECA segment.As the exclusive distributor for some of the world’s #1 industrial kitchenware brands –namely RATIONAL (Germany), Turbo Air (USA), and Comenda (Italy)-, and supplier of many more internationally reputed names, at present, EKTC is working closely with the country’s leading supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, franchises, and even cloud kitchens, with plans for an even greater expansion of its client base currently underway. Additionally, having now firmly established its presence in Asia and the Middle East, the company is also looking at broadening its international footprint – already making inroads into its next phase of growth. (EKTC news release)

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‘Expolanka Holdings steadfast in posting stabilized Q3 results’



Expolanka Holdings PLC recorded a steady 9-month performance as at December 31, 2022 amid declines in the overall global markets. Reflecting the underlying strength of its business and success in pursuing a consolidated strategy, the combined 9-month performance delivered a strong endorsement in overcoming challenges in the macro environment with Year-to-date Revenue of Rs. 491Bn, Gross Profit Rs. 85.9Bn and Net Profit Rs. 32Bn. International business continued to generate above 95% in contribution, demonstrating the robust earning potential of the company, an Expolanka Holdings press release said.

The release adds: ‘However, declines in international trade moderated Q3 FY 2022 earnings, recording a Revenue of Rs. 94.2Bn, Gross Profit of Rs. 20.6Bn and a Profit after Tax of Rs. 3.0Bn.

‘Contributing to company earnings was the logistics sector which navigated the challenging macro-economic environment and adopted longer-term strategies concentrating on business fundamentals. For Q3, the sector posted a Revenue of Rs. 92Bn, Gross Profit of Rs. 19.9Bn and Profit after Tax of Rs. 2.7Bn delivering a YTD Profit after tax of Rs. 30.1Bn.

‘Impacting revenues were a reduction in operating volumes across Air Freight and Ocean Freight products due to the overall slowdown in global trade volumes on grounds of high inventory levels, inflationary fears and the global energy crisis. The Air Freight business encountered a relatively larger impact due to challenging market conditions resulting in weakening demand and reduced volumes.

‘Focusing on increased customer penetration, developing partner networks and enhanced competencies, the company was successful in gaining cumulative progress in the Ocean Freight product.

‘The North American trade lane continues to remain the critical business driver for Expolanka, while the European and Intra-Asia companies remained resilient.

‘Reinforcing growth and sustaining improved margins was also due to the company’s focus on strengthening customer relationships, attracting selective new customers and engaging in proactive procurement strategies.

‘Key EFL origins also delivered strong results, reflecting the success of the infrastructure investments made into these markets.

‘The Group’s stabilized 9-month performance was also aided by the continued resurgence in the leisure sector. In Q3 the sector delivered a Revenue of Rs. 725Mn, Gross profit of Rs. 578Mn and Profit after tax of Rs. 202Mn by strengthening its market position focusing on efficient procurement and operational excellence.’

‘Recording a revenue of Rs. 1.6Bn and a Profit after Tax of Rs. 41Mn, the Group’s investment sector remained steady making progress across its business portfolios.

‘Despite the global macro environment remaining uncertain and challenging in the future, Expolanka aims to forge ahead, unwavering in its approach to deliver on earmarked strategic initiatives building on its strong performance. The company stands persistent towards generating accelerated growth and innovation while remaining true to its core values by reaffirming its long-term commitment and challenging the status quo to seize opportunities in the market that would predominantly secure its position as a market leader.’

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Sanasa Life Introduces “Pinsaru Vandana” – A Premium Insurance Policy for Buddhist Clergy



Helping to elevate and protect the Buddha Sasana, Sanasa Life Insurance has introduced a very special and tailored insurance policy for Buddhist Monks. The “Pinsaru Vandana” insurance policy provides a specialized insurance scheme addressing the special needs of Buddhist Monks. An auspicious inauguration ceremony was held, in the presence of several senior members of the Buddhist Clergy on the 17th of January 2023, at the Sri Sambudhdhatva Jayanthi Mandiraya in Colombo. A total of 300 Buddhist Monks were in attendance at the event, and gave their blessings for this special insurance scheme. A group of dignitaries, including Wishawa Prasadini, Dr. P. A. Kirivandeniya and Piriwena Director, Venerable Watinapaha Somarathana Thero, were also present and played key roles during the event.

“Pinsaru Vandana” is an insurance scheme that provides relief and protection for junior monks, in the event of the death, serious illness or incapacitation of their patron/senior monk. In such an unfortunate event, junior monks can often become destitute and or marginalized. Thus, “Pinsaru Vandana” will help to protect these young monks as they pursue their journey and mission of elevating and sustaining the Buddha Sasana.

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Technocity hosts ‘Together We Win’ training programme in Thailand



The team at the ‘Together We Win’ training programme in Thailand

The Technocity Pvt. Ltd., the leading Sri Lankan IT Distribution Company, recently held a three-day ‘Together We Win’ training programme at the Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

The event, in partnership with HP, invited The Technocity’s top 10 Partners for training in gratitude for the continuous support they have shown towards helping the company develop its business.

The event featured esteemed speakers, including Gehan Thangappan (Business Head, The Technocity), Manish Gawri (Hp Inc., Notebook), T Natarajan (Hp Inc., Print) and M. Kalim (Sales Manager, The Technocity).

The sessions covered various pertinent topics while the invitees viewed a series of product videos during the training to further understand the complexities of the products.

Addressing the invitees, Gehan Thangappan said, “We started small, as all new businesses do, but we’ve grown beyond our borders. This is all thanks to our valued partners and customers who have helped us achieve newer and higher ground. Grateful as we are, we also look forward to providing our diverse clientele with the best products and top-notch service as always.”

The Technocity also conducted a F2F discussion with the partners, briefing them on the way forward and announcing the channel incentive schemes in place targeting Ink Tank Printers. Prior to the conclusion of the event, the attending partners partook in a quiz segment and were treated to exciting giveaways.

“We are very happy with the success of this programme. The training had a very good impact, especially as it was held out of the country and it motivated partners. It was also significant for us as it was the first event we had held overseas after Covid,” Thangappan added.

The Technocity Pvt Ltd is one of the leading distributors in Sri Lanka for IT products and services. In the nearly three decades since its establishment, The Technocity has grown to become one of the most trusted names in the industry. The company is also the first local distributor for HP in Sri Lanka and boasts a portfolio of representation for notable brands like Asus, Lenovo, MSI, Logitech and Viewsonic.

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