Hettigoda Group awarded Gold rating for effective corporate accountability

Hettigoda Group was awarded a Gold rating for complying with corporate preparedness for effective corporate accountability by STING Consultants. STING consultants are the sole marketing and brand Consultant Company in the country.

According to Hettigoda Group Chairman, Deshabandu Ayur. Dr Victor Hettigoda, the company was able to achieve the Gold rating due to its dedicated and efficient employees and its customers.
“The success behind our achievement is due to our dedication. We have helped our customers and dealers to achieve their targets,” he says.

Hettigoda Group has a unique Sri Lankan character which that has moved seamlessly into a modern health and wellness business, catering to international clients. In doing so, the company has developed its own version of sustainability.
Dr. Hettigoda adds that the reason why Hettigoda Group’s customers have forged a close relationship with the company is due to its marketing strategy and the loyalty of the Company’s employees.

“We always educate our dealers on how to improve their business and showed their weaknesses and taught them to improve their weaknesses to achieve profitability,” he says.
The Hettigoda Group has initiated environment friendly and social welfare projects to help the society to improve its values and to protect the environment.

“During the Siripada pilgrim seasons, we help the devotees to protect their health. We run Siddalepa camps there for six months. We also clean the environment of religious places in Kataragama, Siripada and Mahiyangana.”
He also says the company has posted boards in schools to educate children on moral values.
According to Dr. Hettigoda, Siddhalepa Ayurvedic Health Resorts are also built to protect the environment. “Our resorts are environmental friendly. The atmosphere there is very close to our old culture.”

The Group has kept a centuries old system of medicine in tact and is confident that this can be sustained for future generations.
The Hettigoda Group has more than 2000 employees. According to its Chairman, the main aim of the company is to satisfy its employees and then the customers. “We provide our employees with the best services. We look after their needs very well,” he said.

The company has been awarded with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001-SLSI., and also RvA Netherlands. The Hettigoda Group is one of the best examples of sustainable and commercially viable Ayurvedic medicine business. It supports growers who supply raw materials for its Ayurvedic products, and sees to it that only environmentally and socially accepted materials are used in its products. (AE)


Speed bags two top SLSI Standards awards

Speed Water Systems (Pvt) Limited, a top Sri Lankan Company, was awarded the prestigious HACCP (ISO 22000) & ISO 9001 certification by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) on January 27th 2009.

“This is the first time that a bottled water Company in Sri Lanka has been awarded the HACCP (ISO 22000) & ISO 9001 certification simultaneously, which, in fact, is a firm assurance that specific hazards in the respective industry and products are focussed and controlled”, said Managing Director, Speed Water Systems, Nishantha Delgoda.

The Internationally accredited HACCP (ISO 22000), ISO 9001 certificates given by SLSI demonstrates the credibility and acceptability of the certificate.

The simultaneous award of HACCP (ISO 22000), ISO 9001 quality management system is also an official acknowledgement that Speed is customer – oriented and safety focussed to ensure that purified bottled drinking water is supplied in keeping with the needs of its clientele and conforming to safety standards.
ISO 9001 assures distribution, production, quality assurance and customer care, and also encompasses compliance with legal requirements of a Company.

“These dual certifications speak volumes about the superior quality of Speed bottled water products”, said Delgoda.
“As a Brand which provides top quality and safe water products people can depend on, we have plans to go in for ISO 14001 Environment Management Systems Standards in the future”, he pointed out.

“This will be another significant milestone in our journey towards achieving greater heights of excellence.”
Speed Water Systems was incorporated in 2003, and within a short period of one year, the Company was able to secure SLS 894 certification for 19 liter bottles and pet bottles. Both products were simultaneously awarded SLS certification in 2004.

As manufacturers and suppliers of pure drinking water in Sri Lanka for the past six years, Speed Water Systems is backed by their parent Company in Hong Kong, Sritrims Far East Ltd. The company has accreditation from International Water Worlds Association (IWA) and Indian Water Association.
Speed is also planning to launch more innovative products such as water packets, cups and Speed ice during the course of this year.

The Speed water plant is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology which includes a modern Reverse Osmosis System, which is a sophisticated manufacturing process in Sri Lanka.

The Motto of Speed Water is “To make purified water more affordable and available to all”. It is in keeping with this concept that the Company has launched novel Speed Water Shops at Kirulapone, Kotahena, Kollupitiya, Perehera Mawatha, Fort, Maradana, Wattala, Ja-Ela, Ratmalana, Nugegoda and Rajagiriya with a sophisticated distribution network no other water company has introduced so far.


New Apache RTR 160 launched

TVS New Apache RTR 160 with its chiseled looks, unmatched performance and superior engine technology was recently launched. The state- of- the- art motorcycle represents the new spirit of the company- young, vibrant, aggressive and committed to create innovative motorcycles that employ the latest technology and design to match international standards.

The New Apache RTR 160 now comes with a factory fitted 200mm Rear Petal Disc Brake. Since its launch the New Apache RTR has been a runaway success due to its superior power and performance derived from its Racing Throttle Response, which still is the benchmark in the above parameters. With the introduction of 200mm Petal Rear Disc brake, the New Apache RTR adds a new performance dimension. It offers incomparable braking performance, thereby matching the aspirations of the youth of today for a fast, muscular, powerful and yet, latest on safety parameter, motorcycle, designed to give vent to their desire of an unmatched and superior racing performance

With its fully adjustable clip on handle bars for racing ergonomics, Anti Resonance Balancer and 1350mm wheel base, the bike lets you feel confident when riding in the curves of the road.
The Induction Discharge Ignition Technology (IDI) provides double the spark energy and also lengthens the spark duration which helps for superior mileage and easy cold starts.

The Intake Resonator acts like a performance booster, and provides extra flow when higher torque is needed, It provides excellent power delivery during sudden acceleration and helps during sudden overtaking, or zooming from traffic signals, and increases smoothness of the engine
exhaust resonator surge tank for better excavation of exhaust (burnt) gases, which adds the extra zing during initial and overtake pick up.

5 Gears treated with carbo nitrite are bigger in diameter. The gears have been specially treated using carbo nitrite technology provides smooth gear shifting, while Silent Cam Chain reduces maintenance and noise.
Its new Roller Cam Follower (RCF) technology results in reduction of engine friction and maintains a better mileage.
Because of 15.2Bhp Powerful Over square Engine and since the weight ratio is 112Bhp the bike has gained more speed than any other 160cc bike in the market.

Racing Throttle Response technology and 13.1Nm Torque have given the ability to reach a speed of 60Kmph in 4.8 Seconds.
The digital console includes Trip meter, Clock, Fuel indicator, Service due reminder, stop watch.
The New Apache RTR 160 comes with all new air scoops that help in quicker engine cooling and features data logging as in race bikes.


Executive Chef Hilton Colombo wins “Chef of the Year” award

Hilton Colombo’ Executive Chef Rohan Fernandopulle received one of the most prestigious awards in the Travel & Tourism field at the 2nd Travel & Tourism Awards 2008 held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall with distinguished participation of the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda, Deputy Minister of Tourism Faizer Mustapha and other distinguished guests.

Having brought glory to both Sri Lanka and Hilton Colombo when he became the first Asian to be in the Club Des Chefs De chefs known to be an exclusive club for the greatest of Chefs from around the world, to win this award is an honour as he has been recognized for his great work in his home land. He is amongst the 35 world renowned Chefs to be in this exclusive club.
The Travel and Tourism Awards recognises and rewards excellence among industry stakeholders in Sri Lanka, and encourages their contribution for the sustainable development of the tourism industry. This event was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

Having worked for Hilton International for almost 24 years, and at Hilton Colombo for 22 years, Rohan Fernandopulle has served world dignitaries and had contributed a wealth of his culinary knowledge for various events that had taken place in the hotel. When asked about his toughest cooking experience he said “The toughest was when I found at one of Hilton Colombo’s events that 2100kg of Kottu Roti finished in less than an hour, and how I had to meet the demand of 5000 people.”
Amongst Rohan’s many talents are incorporating local culture with International preferences in the city’s culinary scene through the years, giving the hotels guests and locals a chance to experience first class gourmet meals fused with authentic flavours of local ingredients.

Whilst working with a number of celebrity guest chefs from all over the world coming to present their talents in Colombo, Chef Rohan is currently revamping the Spoons restaurant’s lunch concept, as well as upgrading his popular Sunday Brunch.
Some of the other awards won headed by Chef Fernandopulle are a total of 7 medals at the “Culinary Challenge” Food Hotel Asia held in Singapore in 2006, 40 medals including 21 Golds at Culinary Arts 2007 organised by Chef Guild of Sri Lanka in 2007, and 3rd Place in the world at MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge Global finals held in Dubai in 2008 to name a few.


Wins ten million in Mahajana Sampatha

W. Steeman, a small scale businessman from Badulla, habitually buys lottery tickets on his way for business matters. His aim was to grab a massive target in lottery win and by that to promote his small business and to put up his own house.
With that motives and wishes he had bought a few tickets of 2084th draw of Mahajana Sampatha from Badulla. Out of those tickets, one qualified for the Super prize of ten million.
The Chaiman, National Lotteries Board, Chaminda Athuluwage hands over the cheque to the winner. Badulla National Lotteries Board Sales Agent who sold the lucky ticket also in the picture


Abans presents LG LCD TV to Derana Dream Star winner

Abans, a leader in Electronics and Home Appliances in Sri Lanka, were proud to be associated as official TV and Home Appliances Partner for the popular Derana Dream Star competition held on Derana TV, which was concluded recently.

The winner of the Derana Dream Star competition, Udesh Indula, was presented with an LG LCD TV by Dinesh Perera, Senior Brand Manager of Abans Limited at a small ceremony held at Abans Elite Showroom Kollupitiya January 27, 2009. Earlier Abans had presented cellular phones to the 5 finalists of the competition at the Dream Star Academy.

Abans are market leaders in televisions, refrigerators and air conditioners, and specialise in energy saving products that save electricity and also help to preserve and protect the environment. Abans products have captured the urban as well as rural markets due to the quality, durability and affordability of the products and specially Abans “No Poli - More Jolly” interest free installment terms which has made sophisticated home appliances from the world’s best brands within reach of every household.

LG Televisions come in a wide range from LCD’s, Plasma TV’s and Flatron Flat Screen TV’s from screen sizes of 14” upto 42”. Abans also have a range of TV’s from other recognized brands such as Haier, Philips and Toshiba. Just walk into any Abans Showroom and you will definitely find the TV that you are looking for.


Exterminators receives ISO 9001-2000 Standards

The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka’s leading pest control company, today announced that they have received the ISO 9001-2000 quality management system for the provision of Pest Control Services, Termite Control Services & Fumigation Services.from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution. The certificate was presented to Marlon Ferreira the CEO of The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd by Dr. A R L Wijesekera Chairman SLSI also Gamini Dharmawardana – Director System Certification SLSI and Mr. Wasantha B Meewaddana – Director Marketing & Promotions SLSI was also present. The event was held at the SLSI auditorium on Jan 15, 2009.

The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd is the first and only pest control company in the island to achieve the ISO 9001-2000 standards and also one of the few pest control companies to achieve this status globally. Marlon Ferreira CEO of The Exterminators Pvt. Ltd said the company is setting a benchmark in pest management industry in Sri Lanka and also implementing IPM- Integrated Pest Management standards for the food plants.

The Exterminators (Pvt) Ltd is licensed and authorised by ROP-Department of agriculture Sri Lanka and also accredited AQIS Department of agriculture Australia and affiliated to pest management associations in USA and Singapore.


Samson Rubber Industries becomes agile with IFS Applications

IFS Sri Lanka announces that Samson Rubber Industries (Pvt) Limited (SRI) - member of DSI Samson Group of companies and the leading producers and exporters of tires, has selected IFS Applications to integrate the full manufacturing process and the supply chain management in their modern organisation to be more competitive during the tough times ahead. SRI is the cluster group for rubber products in the diversified group of companies.

“Samson Rubber Industries (Pvt) Limited has attained its market leadership position by providing a broad range of tire products, reliability and value. Managing our processes to deliver best value products into every market is critical, and as such we needed to streamline many of these to improve efficiency across the company as a whole,” said Ranatunga Rajapaksa - Managing Director. “IFS was able to demonstrate a better match to our requirements than its competitors. IFS,” he added. “Experience in the manufacturing industry specifically in the region and in or other sister companies in the DSI group, reinforced that it has an understanding of our business and our industry, and provided the confidence that it is able to deliver the system to support SRI.” said Rajapaksa.

“When the market became very competitive and unattractive due to the increase in cost of production and unfavourable condition for exporters in the country, we were looking at a way to reduce cost through increasing production efficiencies and by reducing waste,” said Sarath Weliwita - Director of SRI. Adding further “We had, like in most of Sri Lankan companies, inconsistent data, irrelevant and inaccurate information, duplication of data and many loopholes in material resource planning and inventory management. Further, on-time financial reporting too needed an improvement. This is when we decided to invest on an Enterprise Resource Planning System.” He further added, “IFS product match and the support capabilities from its R & D centre in Colombo were the deciding factors during evaluation for the selection of a vendor. And proven record in successful implementations in Sri Lanka by the company also was considered for the decision. All in all we expect to complete the project within a year’s time and look forward to get the benefit of the investment at this crucial juncture”.

Contract signing at Samson Rubber Industries office in Kadawatha- Sri Lanka
The above picture from left Ms Chandima Dedudunu - Asst IT Manager SRI, Anusha Amaratunga - Planning Manager SRI, Kavinda Rajapaksa - Director SRI, Ranatunga Rajapaksa - Managing Director SRI, Jayantha de Silva - VP South Asia IFS, Shiraz Lye - Manager Sales & Marketing IFS South Asia, Wijebandara -GM Samson Rubber Products, Sarath Weliwita - Director SRI and Mithila Ranjithan - Manager Consulting IFS


Record festive sales for Keells

Keells Food Products PLc enjoyed record sales this past festive season with its ‘Keells Chicken Meatball Curry’, the newest product to its fast growing portfolio, and the first such innovative product of its kind introduced to the Sri Lankan market.

CEO Keells Food Products PLc, Asitha Samaraweera said, “The feedback from consumers was that it was full of flavour and a welcome addition to any meal. This instant meal was especially useful when relatives or neighbours dropped in unexpectedly. Affordably priced, Keells Meatball Curry comes in 400g cans with enough for the whole family, and brings the best of traditional Sri Lanka chicken curry.

“What also makes Keells Chicken Meatball Curry unique is that it is easy-to-stock, even in non-refrigerated conditions, and is a product that can be quickly served with minimum preparation for breakfast, lunch or dinner, thus bringing convenience to busy Sri Lankan lifestyles. These pre-cooked, seasoned and succulent meatballs captured public imagination and interest with their “easy to cook - heat & eat” option which proved to be the key indicator for its success this past festive season”, Samaraweera added.

The first to introduce a product of this nature, Keells Food Products has won the faith and confidence of thousands of Sri Lankans across the country with its 25 years of trusted operations in the food industry. Keells Food Products is also the only processed foods company which maintains SLS and ISO Quality Management Systems and HACCP Food Safety Management System.


BOC’s newest product ‘Smart Investor’

The Bank of Ceylon newest product ‘Smart Investor’ was launched recently at a simple and charming ceremony in BOC Head Office premises Colombo. Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe, Chairman BOC, handing over an account to a 1st day investor, while B. A. C. Fernando, General Manger looks on. Sam Samarasinghe, Deputy Manager (Product and Development Banking) is also in the picture