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Lanka Star Awards Ceremony:

Print USA bags President's Award

Print USA (Pvt) Ltd., a veteran printing and packaging company in Sri Lanka, won two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze Awards in the Consumer Packaging Category and was also adjudged the winner of the prestigious President's Award in the Consumer Packaging Category at the "Lanka Star" Annual Printing and Packaging Awards Ceremony recently. The Lanka Star Printing and Packaging Ceremony is organized annually by the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging to identify and recognize the key players in Sri Lanka's Printing and Packaging Industry comprising companies engaged in the corrugated industry, offset printing industry, flexible packaging industry, plastic industry and wooden container industry etc.

"It has been proved that off-set printed packaging is the ideal marketing tool for successfully marketing value added Sri Lankan produce" said Sathis Abeywickrama, Print USA (Pvt) Ltd. Chairman and Managing Director.

Abeywickrama has over 30 years experience in off-set printing. Print USA is a member of the USA Group of Companies comprising Trade USA (Pvt) Ltd. which trades in printers' requisites, in-flight requisites, Gurubeula Estate - an eco friendly agriculture project manufacturing the Gurubeula brand of dairy products, and Flexiprint which manufactures tea bags, tags and envelopes for the tea export industry.

Print USA started its operations in 1989 as a printing company specializing in the printing needs of Sri Lankan exporters of value added products. Print USA has since diversified into providing printing and packaging solutions to the tea, rubber and pharmaceuticals industries.


Aeturnum celebrates third anniversary

Aeturnum Building

Aeturnum Lanka celebrated its third anniversary last month. Established in 2006 as a subsidiary of Aeturnum, Inc based in Westford, MA (USA), it has provided enterprise software development services and solutions to emerging technology vendors and Global 2000 organizations.

Aeturnum has grown in the past three years to a strength of 100 professional staff across offices in the US, Sri Lanka, and most recently the Middle East. Comprising experts in research, innovation and development, the company leverages a highly disciplined global sourcing and engineering model to deliver high quality, cost-effective product engineering, software testing, systems integration and software solutions, to public and private sector organizations worldwide.

CTO and head of operations Sri Lanka, Hussain Shabbir said, "This achievement enhances Aeturnum's ability to deliver high quality software by ensuring compliance with industry specifications and best practices. It supports Aeturnum's key business objectives including providing superior customer focus, thought leadership, quality, productivity and delivery excellence."

Having achieved the CMMi Level 3 accreditation, Shabbir said, "Aeturnum has reached a pivotal milestone in its journey towards excellence within three years and will continue this momentum by striving for greater heights and elevated efficiency levels in the quest for continuous improvement."


ILM to promote TPM in Sri Lanka with JIPM

A team from the pioneers and world leaders of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) was in Sri Lanka for a two-day workshop hosted by the Institute of Lean Management (ILM) recently at the Galadari Hotel.

The JIPM was represented by Takashi Sagae a Plant Maintenance Excellent Engineer and a consultant on TPM having years of experience in implementing TPM in many industries around the globe. He also acts as an advisor to ILM on TPM and lean Management.

The very effective and focused workshop was well attended and was represented by both the government and leading private sector establishments covering the apparel, manufacturing, banking and telecommunication sectors.

JIPM consultant Takashi Sagae said that the ILM has taken a timely decision to promote TPM in Sri Lanka to protect the national industries under present circumstances through its consultancy services.

He said that the industries are further benefited by the fact that the CEO, ILM is also a JIPM accredited TPM instructor, having many years of direct exposure to TPM certified companies.

Sagae also said that the JIPM approach in implementing TPM is very systematic and delivers incremental and sustainable results with minimum investment and that JIPM is the only TPM certification body and has certified many organizations across the world.

The host, The institute of Lean Management was established to strengthen the industrial, plantation and service sectors in Sri Lanka by improving business processes and development of human resources in order to improve productivity, quality, cost, delivery, safety and morale. ILM introduces the way to do more and more with less and less human effort, less equipment, less time and less space while coming closer to providing customers with exactly what they need and transforms any operation in any sector opening up new strategic opportunities. It is the only professional body in Sri Lanka offering consultancy in TPM and Lean Management.

The ILM, CEO, Thilak Pushpakumara said that the Japanese Management techniques such as 5S, Kaizen, TPM and Toyota Production System is very prominent in ILM approach where 5S is the foundation and TPM is the corporate strategy to challenge Just-In-Time by improving people and equipment.


ODEL to open 10th outlet in Moratuwa

ODEL will open its 10th outlet in Moratuwa by mid December.

"Our last store opening at Mount Lavinia was received most enthusiastically by residents of the area, and we know that there is already great anticipation in Moratuwa," ODEL Founder and CEO Otara Gunewardene said. "It's not just the great shopping experience we offer; it has become a matter of pride for towns to have their own ODEL store.

"The year ahead will be a landmark one for ODEL," Ms Gunewardene said. "Mount Lavinia and Moratuwa are the vanguard of an ambitious expansion plan that will take the ODEL experience to a much wider market, offering trendy and fashionable clothing at value-for-money prices, while retaining the oomph associated with the brand."

A few days prior to the opening of the Moratuwa store, ODEL will distribute invitations in the neighbourhood through supermarkets and schools. These invitations will carry a tear off portion through which customers could win ODEL gift vouchers. Early bird customers to the new outlet also will have opportunity to win by picking up these coupons at the cashiers' counters and filling them in.


Thai coffee in Sri Lanka

Khao Shong coffee, a truly Thai international brand of Instant Coffee is now in Sri Lanka.

Khao Shong Coffee is a household name in Thailand for over 50 years. In 1979 the Khao Shong Company launched its first Instant Coffee and continues to flourish with Significant Market Shares. It is a truly Thai brand, with the Coffee that is grown in Thailand being roasted ground and packed entirely in Thailand.

The company's turnover exceed US$ 50 million annually and exports products to South East Asian region Japan, China, Korea being the main customers.

The taste of Khao Shong coffee is described as full-bodied, with its natural aroma and depth of character signifying a flavour more typical of fresh roasted ground coffee.

The uniqueness of Khao Shong Coffee is that the complete process of roasting the specially selected coffee bean, extracting the coffee liquor, spray drying and agglomeration of the coffee as well as the packaging is a continuous process.

Khao Shong Instance Coffee Powder is now available at Keells Super Outlets Islandwide in four consumer friendly and affordable pack sizes.


Offers for Dialog Star Points at DSI

D. Samson and Sons (Pvt) Ltd. is one of the top seven transacting merchants on the Star Points network. DSI provides customers with Star Points promotional offers.

Points earned by customers in 2009 are valid until the end of the year.

The latest offer from DSI in collaboration with Star Points network allows customers to redeem 100 or more of their Star Points at any DSI showroom islandwide we discounts up to 40 percent.

Star Point customers also have a chance of winning gift vouchers for two customers' daily.

 

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