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'Women Building India - Equal Opportunity Awards'

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 15-12-2023 |
BANGALARU | Press Release | R Sivakumar | CII EXCON Celebrates 'Women Building India - Equal Opportunity Awards' to Foster Gender Inclusivity in the Construction Industry
Bengaluru, 14 December 2023 - The CII EXCON event witnessed a significant milestone with the 'Women Building India - Equal Opportunity Awards,' a platform dedicated to recognizing and promoting gender inclusivity in the construction industry. The awards ceremony, brought together industry leaders, experts, and distinguished guests to address the imperative of empowering women in the sector.

The Chief Guest, Mr R Dinesh, President, CII & Chairman, TVS Supply Chain Solutions Ltd. said, "Gender parity needs to be driven at leadership level. Companies not only need to become inclusive in hiring & recruitment but also impacting the ecosystem including taking steps in gender responsive procurement and creating inclusive supply and value chains". Let's redefine success beyond numbers and ensure that our collective growth is not just numerical but personal, with a keen focus on gender diversity, breaking barriers, and fostering an economy where women flourish as leaders, added Mr Dinesh.

Mr. Kamal Bali, Chairman, CII Southern Region said, "The awards celebrate the strides made by women in real estate and construction, acknowledging their potential to address the skills gap and contribute to the industry's advancement. CII remains committed to fostering inclusivity, as demonstrated by initiatives like the 'Indian Women Network' and the newly launched 'CII Centre for Women Leadership,' reflecting the industry's collective dedication to creating a more diverse and equitable workforce."

Mr. V G Sakthi Kumar, Managing Director of Schwing Stetter India Pvt Ltd, was recognized as the Committed Leader, embodying unwavering dedication to fostering gender diversity. Cummins India, earned acclaim for fostering an Inclusive Workplace, a testament to their commitment to diversity and equal opportunities. Additionally, JCB's innovative special initiative for the shopfloor garnered acknowledgment, showcasing their pioneering efforts in creating a more inclusive and dynamic work environment. These awards not only commend exemplary achievements but also serve as beacons inspiring further progress toward a more diverse and equitable construction industry.

Mr. Arvind K Garg, Chairman of the Taskforce on Women in Infrastructure, CII EXCON, and Vice-President & Head, Construction & Mining Machinery, Larsen & Toubro Limited, and Ms. Rumjhum Chatterjee, Jury Member, CII EXCON 2023: Women Building India – Equal Opportunity Awards also shared their perspectives on the importance of gender inclusivity in the sector. The Women Building India - Equal Opportunity Awards marks a significant step towards fostering an inclusive and equitable environment within the construction industry.

INDIA TO BE NO.1 IN AUTOMOBILE AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BY 2028.

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 12-12-2023 |
EXCON 23’ the region's largest trade fair on Construction Equipment & Construction Technology was inaugurated today (12) in Bangalore. The Chief guest was Nitin Gadkari Minister of Road Transport and Highways government of India.

The exhibition will continue until Saturday, 16 December 2023 at Bengalaru International Exhibitipn Centre (BIEC) in Bangalore.

Speaking at the occasion minister said in automobile and construction industry, India will be No.1 in the world by 2028. He said presently India is No.3 in this industry whereas China is leading while USA is No.2.

He also told that the dream of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to make India as a 5 trillion economy as soon as possible. "India is the fastest growing economy in the world and our target is to be the third largest economy in the world very soon.

A large number of Sri Lankan vistors participated at this event while there were few trade participants from Sri Lanka. There were over 1200 companies from India, USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, UAE, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Romania & Czech Republic showcased the latest advancements in construction engineering with emphasis on latest products, equipment & technology with specific emphasis on efficiency, productivity, safety, environment protection and construction quality.

EXCON is poised to propel India to become the 2nd largest and fastest growing construction equipment market in the world by 2030. With a strong focus on policy reforms, India is currently undergoing a rapid and transformative expansion of its infrastructure, spurred by increased government spending on various infrastructure projects. All these positive measures would help India to achieve this great milestone.

The event was spread over 30 lakhs sq. ft. of display area

The Government of Karnataka is the Host State for EXCON 2023 in collaboration with Ministry of Transport and Highways and Ministry of Heavy Industries. Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) is the sector partner of the event while its President Vivekanand Vanmeeganathan made the vote of thanks. Chandrajit Benerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) also spoke.

Some of the prominent organisations participating at the event include JCB, BKT, Caterpillar, Imperial Auto, Jindal Steel & Power, Gulf Oil, Kobelco, KYB, Larsen and Toubro, Puzzolana, Sany, Schwing Stetter, Syemco, Tata Hitachi, Ammann, Case, Doosan, Epiroc, Fiori, GNU, Nail Stone, Hyundai, ITR, Liebherr, Propel, Rockcut, Walvoil, Wipro, Yuken India besides OEMs, Components manufacturers and other allied industry organisation.

The Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers' Association (ICEMA) is the sector partner for EXCON 2023. Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) and the Builders Association of India (BAI) are supporting partners.

SLGJA aims to generate global recognition for Lankan gem and jewellery industry

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 10-12-2023 |
The Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA), the apex body for the country’s gem and jewellery industry was established in October 2002, by uniting the Sri Lanka Gem Traders Association, Sri Lanka Jewellery Manufacturing Exporters Association, Sri Lanka Lapidarists and Exporters Association and Sri Lanka Jewellers and Gem Merchants Federation under one banner. The SLGJA proudly celebrates over two decades of unwavering commitment to fostering innovation, sustainability, and global recognition within Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry.

Built on a vision to empower Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry through innovation and sustainability par excellence, the SLGJA aims to generate global recognition while upholding the rich heritage for future generations. The association’s mission is to alleviate Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry through ethical practices, facilitate market access, advocate sustainable sourcing, and nurture talent for the industry’s continued growth, global competitiveness, and socio-economic contribution.

SLGJA Vice President Operations/COO Firaz Hameed shared his thoughts, stating, “As an association that represents Sri Lanka, the SLGJA has always put the needs of the country before the needs of oneself. As the voice for Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry, the SLGJA supports its members vehemently and advocates any and all issues the industry faces to the Government and other authorities.”

Adding to this, SLGJA Head of Admin and Projects Roshen Weereratne stated, “Over the years, the SLGJA has received accolades and honours on local and global platforms. These awards celebrate the association’s dedication to expanding the reach of the gem and jewellery industry worldwide. Functioning as the advocate for Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery sector, the SLGJA passionately backs its members and champions industry-related concerns to governmental and other relevant bodies.”

Since its inception, the SLGJA has been instrumental in uniting all sectors of the industry, from miners to artisans, wholesalers, retailers, exporters, lapidarists, heat-treaters, and more, under one influential banner. This collective strength enables the association to address industry challenges collectively and implement strategic initiatives for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The SLGJA has four segments, the Gem Segment, the Jewellery Segment, the Lapidary Segment and the Promotional Segment. In terms of its membership, the SLGJA consists of members from across the island. A rigorous and thorough screening process is conducted by the Executive Committee of the SLGJA when new members are considered. One of the main focusses of the SLGJA on coordinating policy matters, budgets etc. with state agencies. The SLGJA also promotes Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry internationally, at events such as the Dubai Expo and more.

For nearly three decades, the FACETS Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Exhibition, which was initiated in 1991, has been the centrepiece of the SLGJA calendar. Over the years, FACETS has provided SMEs a prominent platform to showcase their products and expand globally. This annual event has become a cornerstone for industry players, fostering collaboration, innovation, and international partnerships. FACETS 2024 will be held from 6 to 8 January 2024, at the prestigious Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.

As SLGJA celebrates 20 plus years in existence, it reaffirms its commitment to being the apex body for gem and jewellery in Sri Lanka. The association will continue to build upon its rich legacy, fostering innovation, sustainability, and global recognition within the industry.

EXCON 2023
REGION’S LARGEST CONSTRUCTION EXHIBITION TO BE HELD FROM 12-16 DECEMBER IN BANGALORE

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 01-12-2023 |

By Claude Gunasekera | EXCON 23’ the region's largest trade fair on Construction Equipment & Construction Technology is all set to begin on December 12 and will be held for 5 days until Saturday, 16 December 2023 in Bangalore. A large number of Sri Lankan vistors are expected to participate this event said Mahesh Kumar General Manager of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He said over 1200 companies will showcase the latest advancements in construction engineering with emphasis on latest products, equipment & technology with specific emphasis on efficiency, productivity, safety, environment protection and construction quality. Kumar also told ‘The Island’ that some Sri Lankan trade participation is also among the exhibitors at EXCON.

EXCON is poised to propel India to become the 2nd largest and fastest growing construction equipment market in the world by 2030. With a strong focus on policy reforms, India is currently undergoing a rapid and transformative expansion of its infrastructure, spurred by increased government spending on various infrastructure projects. All these positive measures would help India to achieve this great milestone.

The event will spread over 30 lakhs sq. ft. of display area and is expected to attract over 1200 exhibitors from India & abroad including countries like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, UAE, South Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Romania & Czech Republic. The 5-day exhibition would attract over 80,000 business visitors from all over the world. The Government of Karnataka is the Host State for EXCON 2023.

V.G. Sakthi Kumar, Member, EXCON 2023 Steering Committee & Managing Director, Schwing Stetter (India) Pvt. Ltd. said, "We are thrilled to introduce the Twelfth Edition of EXCON, embracing the theme, 'Building India's Tomorrow.' This theme encompasses the fundamental pillars of Technology, Globalization, Sustainability, and Inclusivity. EXCON 2023 is far more than just an event; it serves as the driving force behind India's unceasing progress. It strives to embody our robust infrastructure development, solidifying India's eminent position as a global hub for construction equipment manufacturing.”

India's economic journey is intricately intertwined with the vitality of the infrastructure sector, an area that is receiving substantial attention from the government. In a resounding testament to this commitment, the government has allocated an impressive sum of Rs. 10 lakh crores, which is equivalent to a staggering US$ 130.57 billion, to fortify this domain. "Our government's investment underscores India's unwavering dedication to advancing infrastructure growth, fostering an environment conducive to economic advancement, and enhancing global competitiveness," added Sakthi Kumar.

The event will highlight leading construction equipment manufacturers as they showcase the adaptability of their machinery and the advancement of construction technologies. Of utmost significance, these exhibitors will present economical solutions aimed at accelerating project execution for builders and contractors, placing a strong emphasis on upholding standards of quality, safety, and environmental sustainability.

Some of the prominent organisations participating at the event include JCB, BKT, Caterpillar, Imperial Auto, Jindal Steel & Power, Gulf Oil, Kobelco, KYB, Larsen and Toubro, Puzzolana, Sany, Schwing Stetter, Syemco, Tata Hitachi, Ammann, Case, Doosan, Epiroc, Fiori, GNU, Nail Stone, Hyundai, ITR, Liebherr, Propel, Rockcut, Walvoil, Wipro, Yuken India besides OEMs, Components manufacturers and other allied industry organisation.

The Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers' Association (ICEMA) is the sector partner for EXCON 2023. Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) and the Builders Association of India (BAI) are supporting partners.

REGION'S LARGEST CONSTRUCTION EXHIBITION EXCON-23' TO BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 12 - 16 IN BANGALORE

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 21-11-2023 |
By Claude Gunasekera | The EXCON 23’ the region's largest trade fair on Construction Equipment & Construction Technology, will take place during 5 days from Tuesday, 12 December to Saturday, 16 December 2023 in Bangalore.

The Excon exhibition in Bengaluru/Bangalore will showcase the latest advancements in construction engineering with emphasis on latest products, equipment & technology with specific emphasis on efficiency, productivity, safety, environment protection and construction quality. The exhibition is poised for immense growth with more international participation.

Excon is the International Construction Equipment and Technology Trade Fair and the most important event in the Indian market.

In 2021 with over 80,000 visitors and 1500 exhibitors spread over an area of 300.000 square meters, showcased a wide range of machinery and equipment at the fair.

This yeartoo, Excon will showcase a wide range of equipment, technology and accessories for the construction industry. It is a crucial event that features the latest products and innovations, making it attractive to attendees.

EXCON will be held in Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) Bangalore. There is Sri Lankan trade participation also among the exhibitors at EXCON.


LANKA SEAFOOD's SARATHKITHSIRI AWARDED FOR INDUSTRTY EXCELLENCE

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 03-11-2023 |

Claude Gunasekera | The brand ‘Lanka Seafood’, of Tamasha Aqua Services (Pvt) Ltd, won the Silver Awards at National Industry Excellence Awards – 2023. Mr. Sarath Kithsiri Chairman / Managing Director of Lanka Seafood along with his spouse Dilani received the award by the hands of Prasanna Ranaweera, State Minister of Small & Medium Enterprise Development at Nelum Pokuna in the presence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana - Cabinet Minister of Industries, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake - State Minister of Primary Industries, Thilaka Jayasundara Secretary Ministry of Industries, and Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma Chairman Industrial development Board (IDB).

Sarath Kithsiri began his industrial career as an individual businessman engaged in Prawn Feed trading, who later established Tamasha Aqua Services(Pvt) Ltd. in 2009 and imported prawn farming related material that were lacking in Sri Lanka. With the successful move and growth in business Kithsiri expanded to forward integration establishing his own prawn farms and within a short span became the largest prawn farms owner. Further progressing and achieving his entrepreneurial aspirations he entered in to seafood exports particularly engaged in high end, top quality seafood products as a unique exporter of crustaceans such as Prawns/Shrimps, Squid/Cuttlefish, Sea Crabs/Lagoon Crabs and Lobsters.

Later, began including a variety of fish products to their exports package including Tuna, Sword Fish, Marlin, Sail Fish, Leather Jackets (Fish) and some species of quality tropical reef fish along with mollusks and crustaceans. Lanka Seafood Company has been heavily exporting such 40 ft containers to many countries in the world especially the Far Eastern market. The newly erected sea food processing and export plant in Arachchikattuwa does everything for the export supply instituted in February 2021.

The Company is proud of its record and reputation for adhering to the highest standards of sustainability, occupational health and energy efficiency, adhering to international standards of quality, food safety and hygiene where facilities and processes are routinely audited and certified for compliance. The Company is certified with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Food Export Certificate (FDA) and in the process of obtaining few more certifications in line while strictly engaged in purchasing sustainable fishing certified seafood.

“Our primary customer base consists of importers from around the world such as seafood trading and distribution companies and large chains of supermarkets, hence we are so much concerned in high quality perhaps at times with less profits to win the bid. Our modern state of the art seafood processing facility can do all the necessary quality assurance as required by the customer. We are also unique for customize supply to suit each and every customer in the world as well as local suppliers here such as Supermarkes, Hotel Chains, Seafood Restaurants, Catering services etc. as we believe that we have to cater to customer needs and wants” said Sarath Kithsiri.

He concluded that his main aim to be the Gold Winner at ‘Industry Excellence Awards – 2024’ by achieving further more innovations in the industry with further more expanded exports.

GOVT. TO PROVIDE CONCESSIONS AND FACILITIES TO LOCAL INDUSTRIES TO STRENGHEN EXPORT BASED PRODUCTION ECONOMY - President Ranil Wickremesinghe

Lankapuvath | Colombo | 03-11-2023 |
By Claude Gunasekera | National Industry Excellence Awards Ceremony 2023 was well organized and held on November 01 at the Nelum Pokuna Theater, Colombo 07. The purpose of the event was to recognize the phenomenal achievements of the industries in Sri Lanka. President Ranil Wickremesinghe attended as the Chief Guest with the participation of Dr. Ramesh Pathirana - Cabinet Minister of Industries, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake - State Minister of Primary Industries and Prasanna Ranaweera - State Minister of Small & Medium Enterprises Development.
“In order to strengthen an export based production economy, the government will provide a range of concessions and facilities to small and medium industrialists who will engage in exports” said President Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the occasion. He also said that a fund allocation will be proposed at the next budget for Small & Medium Industries to facilitate financial assistance through the Banks.
He further said all local industries should more concentrate on producing high quality products and compete at the overseas markets through exports.

Minister Dr. Pathirana highlighted the need of a thriving manufacturing sector to propel the economic growth towards a sustainable development of Sri Lanka. Using global and local statistics, the minister clearly underpinned the possibility of shifting the performance of the local industrial sector to global level by scaling up high potential industries to become a significant part of the country’s economy.

Accordingly, under the purview of the Ministry of Industries, the Industrial Development Board (IDB) organized the “National Industry Excellence Awards ” to demonstrate the status and future potentials of the Sri Lankan industrial sector.

IDB envisages the strategic success of the award ceremony as the empowerment of entrepreneurial mindset in Sri Lankan society and opening the gateway for budding entrepreneurs to step into the global market arena and thereby uplift the country towards an export-oriented manufacturing economy. The ceremony serves as a significant platform for industrialists to represent their creativity and novelty to a broader audience encouraging them to understand and become confident about the prospective local and international markets.

“IDB has set strategic targets to hold the Industry Excellence Award Ceremony with an aim to create best industrialists at national, provincial and district levels are to be rewarded through comprehensive evaluation criteria”said IDB Chairman Dr. Saranga Alahapperuma

“We constantly need talented new people entering the industrial sector to grow our economy fast to prove to the world that this small country has the strength to prosper in the global market. I hope this awards excellence event will serve as an important part of our journey building Sri Lanka a wealthy nation,” added Dr. Alahapperuma.