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Twinery, Innovations by MAS recognised as one of region’s most influential innovators

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By Steve A. Morrell

MAS Holdings Chairman, Mahesh Amalean said recently that it was a proud moment for his company when their Twinery product won the Clarivate award for excellence.

He said so addressing the media on a virtual meeting platform. “Technology and innovation that developed the product which was the ultimate result of team work and distinct attention to detail. MAS holdings Twinery was one of 28 products that achieved this distinction and the first to be awarded worldwide acclaim in the apparel sector,” he said.

“Distinction achieved was also that the product was a national achievement, with the ‘Made in Sri Lanka’ tag adding prestige to the country of origin,” he said.

Elaborating on the prestige of the award, Sales Director,- IP Group- South Asia & South East Asia, Rajat Kumar Sikka. addressing the media said, the IP group’s tradition spanned over 150 years. Within this time span it lent recognition to products originated from other countries as well. Innovative ideas emerging from such origins were evaluated for innovation and originality. He confirmed that the Twinery product from MAS holdings was outstanding in its quality and texture, and the Clarivate award identified the MAS product to be outstanding and a leading product of the brand. Intellectual Property Rights for the MAS product was an indelible stamp of excellence recognized for the Clarivate award; that too its competing texture was recognised to ensure the brand was the result of research to maximise its value”.

Chief Innovation Officer, MAS holdings, Ranil Vitarana, commenting on intellectual property rights said the advantage of such identification was that the product could not be duplicated by another manufacturer for another 10- 20 years. He also said the advantage was that the product achieved such exclusivity coupled with its brand prestige, was that the manufacturer could charge an extra shelf price during its rights period”.

“Smaller companies are within the vortex of violating such property rights, and tend to renegade on such strictures. To prevent such action the property rights were protected legally. Additionally, prices for such products were not subject to controls that could be enforced during the period enforced”.

Expanding on the product, Twinery, was an innovation that came into being since 2014, to help women manage and support physical changes through the company’s FEMTECH pillar. That being to support women during physical changes that become unavoidable during the period of menopause. To help them cope with these changes the silky fabric made of a mixture of yarn and light weight material accents coolness against the skin absorbing heat to ensure comfort during the transitional period experienced by women during this time.

The team of innovators at MAS, included a group of some 45 persons who were also a number of women who were part of their team. Additionally, a group of about 5 young persons were also part of the team, the difference was that they did not have any academic qualifications.

Responding to a query from the media, Mahesh Amalean, confirmed that success of the product was the advantage of team work. “Product innovation was continuous and did not bear an ultimate end. Progress is a factor that does not register an end. Given the excellence of the product, MAS products are recognized on retail shelves and are an inevitable product sought after by customers”, he said.

Also present at the press conference were, Director Corporate Affairs, MAS Holdings, Rajitha Jayasuriya, and CEO MAS Holdings, Suren Fernando.



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Hemas Consumer strengthens portfolio with L’Oréal partnership in Sri Lanka

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Hemas Consumer, the leading manufacturer and distributor in Sri Lanka’s beauty and personal care sector has strengthened its portfolio of offerings in a groundbreaking partnership with the world’s number one beauty company, L’Oréal. With this partnership Hemas Consumer obtains distributor rights to leverage its sales network and innovative marketing approaches in taking L’Oréal’s wide range of beauty and personal care brands across Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Managing Director, Hemas Consumer & Executive Director Hemas Group said, “We have spent over fifty years building successful and strong consumer brands in Sri Lanka. In keeping with our promise of consumer delight and trust, we are elated to partner a world-class cosmetics group like L’Oréal expanding our existing portfolio with the world’s most sought-after beauty and personal care products.

We are well equipped in our distribution process with island-wide sales channels to serve all parts of the country. I believe this partnership will revolutionize Sri Lanka’s beauty care industry and more prospects await as we continue to look ahead with L’Oréal.”

Sabrina Esufally, Director Business Development and Innovation at Hemas Consumer said, “This partnership will enable Sri Lankans to access the iconic brands and solutions created through years of research and innovation by L’Oréal. In the fast evolving and dynamic beauty industry, the combined strength of Hemas’s local heritage and penetration, and L’Oréal’s global technology and trust is the perfect recipe for consumer delight.”

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DFCC Bank supports industrial excellence by partnering CNCI Achiever Awards

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DFCC Bank PLC, stepped up once again for the 3rd consecutive year to partner with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) as the principal sponsor and official banking partner of the CNCI Achiever Awards 2020.

The CNCI Achiever Awards was held for the 19th consecutive time to recognize the outstanding efforts of exceptional performers who have molded their respective industries with innovative solutions, while overcoming challenges and meeting the demands of their clientele. This year, the event was recently held under strict health guidelines at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC Lakshman Silva stated, “We are pleased to have partnered with the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI), as the Main Sponsor and Official Banking Partner of the 19th CNCI Achiever Awards 2020. DFCC is honored to partner in reconciling successful Sri Lankan businesses from various industrial sectors. Our partnership with this prestigious awards programme aligns seamlessly with our commitment to foster and reward industrial growth across the country and support local entrepreneurs in MSME & SME sectors.”

 

 

 

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Lanka SSL triumphs with National Gold and Top Ten Awards

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CNCI Achiever Awards 2020

Lanka Special Steel Limited (Lanka SSL), a trusted name in wires and a fully-owned subsidiary of E B Creasy & Company PLC, was recently awarded the coveted National Gold Award under the Extra Large category in the Manufacturing Sector at the Achiever Awards 2020 for Industrial Excellence.

The annual event organized by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) was held in March 2021 at Colombo, and celebrated some of the leading industrialists in the country for their tremendous and continued efforts in uplifting and promoting quality standards, productivity, growth and strategy, R&D, employee welfare and others whilst contributing to both the society and economy at large.

‘We are immensely proud to have been recognized with two very prominent awards at this year’s CNCI Achiever Awards. It is a huge leap from just winning a Merit Award the last time around, and this incredible achievement certainly reflects our highly ambitious plans to strive for continued excellence. We would like to thank our valued customers and all stakeholders. We are grateful to our hardworking and committed staff at Lanka SSL who have made this possible,’ said Pravin De Silva, CEO of Lanka SSL.

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