Local ceramic industry has achieved global recognition: ADB Country RepView(s):
Sri Lanka’s ceramic industry has achieved global recognition and though it contributes a small component of global demand, it has made its mark in the world market, according to the ADB Representative in Colombo, Rita O’Sullivan.
Addressing the 9th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Ceramics Council affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce recently, she noted that the industry at this point faces many challenges that require solid solutions to remain competitive and protect and expand the market share.
Tilak Siyambalapitiya, Managing Director of Resource Management Associates Pvt Ltd delivered the keynote address.
Newly-elected president Mahendra Jayasekera emphasized the necessity of involving the small and medium scale ceramics manufacturing and related companies in the activities of the council without leaving it only to the large manufacturing companies that have hitherto been in the forefront of the council. He also said the importers of the ceramic products should be actively involved since they play a decisive role in determining the future of the industry.
The council will change its name to the Sri Lanka Ceramic and Glass Council in the near future, he said.The new Committee of SLACC for the year 2012/2013 are President- Mahendra Jayasekera, Managing Director, Lanka Walltile PLC/Lanka Floortiles PLC; Vice President- Dr. Jagath Peiris representing Royal Fernwood Porcelain Ltd; Secretary- Niranjan Jayawickrama representing Lanka Walltiles PLC, Assistant Secretary- Sanjay Tiwari representing Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC, Treasurer- Motoyo Nakanishi representing Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd. Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya, Chairman/ Managing Director of Midaya Ceramic Co, Ltd, will serve on the Board of Management as the Immediate Past President.
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