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FACETS Sri Lanka 2009

FACETS SRI LANKA 2009 will offer new opportunities for the local gem and jewellery industry at Sri Lanka's international gem and jewellery exhibition.

This year's FACETS SRI LANKA 2009 will serve as a platform for leading gemstone traders in emerging economies such as Russia, India and China to start sourcing from Sri Lanka, as well as to explore market opportunities in Hong Kong, Burma and Iraq as they arrive in anticipation of sealing trade links with the Sri Lanka industry.

M.Macky Hashim

This year's FACETS exhibition offers the local industry an opportunity to venture into newer markets such as Russia, China and Iraq in addition to the traditional gem buying countries such as US, Hong Kong and Europe," Chairman of the FACETS Organising Committee Chanaka Ellawala said.

Russia and China have emerged as strong contenders in the global gem and jewellery industry despite a global recession and its related setbacks.

Russia is the fourth largest world gold producer and practically the monopolist in platinum and palladium extraction.

Russia's newly rich bourgeoisie have fuelled the jewellery markets and created a trend of their own in Russia. Russians spend about $2 billion on jewelry annually. In 2003, Russia used 96 tons of gold for jewelry production, which is 15 tons more than former Soviet Union used for those purpose.

In 2004 the rate of production growth was 27 per cent and according to the experts' data, total volume of jewelry sales on the Russian market now exceeds $1.5 billion. Myanmar and Thailand will showcase their products at the international booths at the 19th FACETS SRI LANKA exhibition and Indian, Burmese, Chinese and other regional delegations also will arrive for the event.

"We are confident that all the booth holders at this year's FACETS SRI LANKA exhibition will benefit from the visits of these delegations, and the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) are making arrangements to facilitate this process," Ellawala said.

FACETS SRI LANKA 2009 will be held at BMICH on September 3-6. The event is organised by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association and is sponsored by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority. The Sri Lanka Export Development Board is also a co-organizer and sponsor.

Three major industry sectors that include the gems, jewellery, and lapidary will participate at this year's exhibition. Machinery, equipment and tools manufacturers, importers and distributors are also slated to participate. Service providers such as laboratories, Educational Institutions, freight forwarders, security and surveillance providers will also be represented.

"Last year's success has encouraged us to go that extra mile this year in making FACETS SRI LANKA 2009; the most looked forward to industry event in Sri Lanka," said Secretary of the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association Ziqufi Ismail.

Lanka Telephone company authorised dealer for Siemens

Lanka Telephone Co. (Pvt) Ltd., was recently appointed as Authorised Dealer in Sri Lanka for Siemens Communications Systems HiPath 3800 and 4000 manufactured in Germany.

This prestigious agreement marks a new chapter in Sri Lanka's Communications Industry. Siemens cutting-edge HiPath 3800 and HiPath 4000 range of voice and data systems and applications will be marketed and maintained by Lanka Telephone Company (LTC) leveraging on the expertise and skills of the local company.

LTC founder and Chairman Sunil Benedict Jayakody has distinguished reputation of maintaining and marketing high quality telecommunication products to the Private Sector and Government Establishments. With a team of highly trained engineers, LTC delivers a service that covers hotel and administration.

Siemens high-end products with a capacity from 16-12,000 Ports including E1,ISDN,IP and networking, have the opportunity of finding their way towards boosting the productivity and overall services of high-end corporates and business houses and Government sector establishments looking to improve their offerings through enhanced, state-of-the-art communications systems at very competitive prices.

The Siemens HiPath 3800/4000 is an innovative and flexible conveyance platform that perfectly adapts communication to a company's structure in medium to large sized businesses.

Whether enhancing growth or seamlessly integrating branch offices or mobile staff, the three expansion stages of the HiPath 3800/4000 family are the perfect solutions for optimizing costs and business processes. The flexible system is ideal for both Packet-Switched (LAN/WAN) and Line-Switched environments or a combination of the two.

Tech Pacific Lanka appointed HP distributor

Tech Pacific Lanka (Pvt) Ltd was appointed as distributor by HP Personal Systems Group (HP PSG). With this appointment Tech Pacific will distribute all HP PSG products including Desktop PCs, Notebook PCs, Hand Held devices and Accessories to the Sri Lankan region which includes Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Channel Sale Development Manager S. Gnanam Selladurai, Managing Director Hafez Wahid, Head of Sales and Marketing M.M. Shifraz Ali. Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe

Tech Pacific will be a distributor for HP PSG as they are a 100 percent Sri Lankan organization and will hold all the HP inventory in Sri Lankan warehouses. This unique facility will benefit the Sri Lankan IT Market. HP Business Partners and Dealers will have access to the latest range of HP Desktop PCs, HP Notebook PCs and other products.

Tech Pacific Lanka's Chairman M.D.H. Wahid is supported by a Management Team which has over 10 years experience in distribution and logistics of IT products. Over 100 dealers are affiliated to Tech Pacific Lanka and this has enabled the organization to reach many cities and towns in Sri Lanka. Tech Pacific Lanka has dealers in Kandy, Galle, Matara, Kurunegala, Badulla, Wennappuwa, and other key towns. With the opening up of the North and East of the country.

Tech Pacific is confident of doubling its partner base when it appoints dealers in Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kalmunai and other major towns. This will increase HP's presence throughout Sri Lanka.

This partnership shares a common goal of unleashing the potential of Innovative technology and will empower Sri Lankan IT users to experience world class HP Technology by providing the retail partners a new level of openness that enables them to work more collaboratively, and ensure constant availability.

Now the Tech Pac, HP Alliance will be better positioned to bring to market innovative new products faster and at a much lower rate. The end result will be unprecedented experiences, availability and services that will enable personal computer system providers to give their customers better, more personal and more flexible solutions at the best value.

Sathosa Motors introduces Isuzu 'N' Series Reward

Newly introduced Isuzu ‘N’ Series Reward

Sathosa Motors PLC introduced the Isuzu 'N' Series Reward Trucks recently. According to Sathosa Motors, the 'N' Series Reward has a higher performance in engine, safety, economy and the environment. The high output and the superb fuel efficiency combined with Isuzu diesel technology pioneers new territory.

Durability and reliability are also taken to a higher level.

The Isuzu 'N' Series Reward is built with a stronger and lighter chassis, power and strength for any job can be assured, emphasizing the 'born to work' quality of the new 'N' Series Reward.

The new 'N' Series Reward manufactured under the guiding principle of Isuzu: To set a new world standard for light-duty trucks, brings the promise of pride and comfort for drivers with economical performance and reliability of management.

The new 'N' Series Reward is quiet, clean and gentle on the environment with a striking appearance.

With easy access and safety with its rigid cab, added door beams, shock-absorbing frame and standard seat belts coupled with rigorous state-of-the-art computer analysis and repeated testing promise the highest standard of safety performance.

Murali renews partnership with Ceylinco Life

Cricketing icon Muttiah Muralitharan will take the field for Ceylinco Life for another year as Brand Ambassador the company said.

The renewal of his contract will see test and one-day cricket’s most prolific wicket taker actively supporting Ceylinco Life’s efforts to increase awareness of the value of life insurance for a third successive year. The spin-wizard will also spearhead a new community initiative of Ceylinco Life by leading a team of bowlers on spin coaching camps for school cricketers in the North and the East, the company said.

“Murali’s commitment has been assets in our marketing efforts, and we are now providing a platform for him to pass on some of his knowledge and skill to a new generation of cricketers,” Ceylinco Life Deputy Chairman R. Renganathan said. He said plans are being drawn up to conduct the first spin coaching camp in Trincomalee in August. Muralitharan would be supported by two or three other spin bowlers at this one-day camp.

Muralitharan will also continue to be one of the elements of the company’s multi-faceted communications campaigns aimed at generating greater consciousness among Sri Lankans that life insurance is an essential safety net against an uncertain future.

In 2008, Muralitharan supported two distinct projects of Ceylinco Life as the company’s Brand Ambassador. The first was a nationwide recruitment campaign that sought to improve general perceptions about insurance and the second was the Ceylinco Life ‘Family Savari’ mega promotion. “Murali’s appeal transcends age, geographical, racial, social and gender boundaries,” Renganathan said.



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