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Lanka Salt awarded ISO 9001:2000 certificate

by Irangika Range

Lanka Salt Limited (LSL) was awarded the ISO 9001:2000 quality management certificate at the BMICH on Monday.

SLSI Chairman Armyne Wirasinha (left) awards the ISO 9001:2000 certificate to LSL Chairman Nimal Perera. Picture by S. Chitrananda

The Company first obtained the SLS certification for its "Laklunu" brand of iodised salt in December 1999. This was their third certification, said a spokesman for LSL.

In November 2000 the company secured their second certification ISO 9002: 1994 Quality System Certificate.

This was an achievement for the company as it was the first time a salt manufacturer in Asia qualified for this certification.

The company replaced its earlier "Laklunu" brand with the new "Sansta" brand to stave off counterfeit products which resembled the company's branded products.

"LSL had a turnover of Rs. 248 million in 2003", he said. LSL enjoys a market share of around 70% and it operates three salterns in the Hambantota district.

The company maintains high standards with stipulated iodine content. LSL has introduced products such as Sansta Lunu, Sansta Home Pack and Sansta Table Salt which he said was very popular.

A marketing campaign coupled with an effective distribution network and infrastructure is under way.

The Company is also expanding to include international markets. LSL is aiming to be the best salt producer in the SAARC region.

Twenty-five long-standing employees of the company were also felicitated.

Acting UNICEF Representative (head of early childhood) Dr. Aberra Bekele was the chief guest while Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) Director General B.S.P. Mendis, Deputy Director General (PHS) Ministry of Health Dr. H.M. Fernando, SLSI Chairman Armyne Wirasinha and Employees' Trust Funds Chairman Dinesh Weerakkody also participated.

The company also launched their web site

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