Call to upgrade Peliyagoda rubber testing center
A producer, buyer meeting at the SME Fair Picture by
Small and Medium Entrpreneurs have to be real partners of large scale
manufacturers and enjoy the benefits jointly. Large scale manufacturers
depend on SMEs to move forward.
Therefore understanding each other properly and building confidence
between the two parties is very important, CEO Samson Group Ranjith
Hettiarachchi said. He was addressing the Large Enterprises and SMEs in
the Rubber Product Manufacturing Sector at the first ever SME Fair held
at Hotel Trans Asia Colombo last Friday.
Hettiarachchi said that the SMEs cannot move forward in isolation any
more and they could get many advantages such as transferring technology,
contribution to financial growth, and uplifting living standard. by
linking with the large sector manufacturers.
Executive Committee Member, Association of SMEs 'for Rubber Products
Dilan Ilapperuma said that their association consists of about 50
members with a long experience in the industry and they could grow
He requested the large manufacturers to assist SMI rubber sector by
sub contracting part of their work, and provide necessary technical
advice to upgrade their technical skills which would provide opportunity
to increase export volumes without an additional investment.
He lamented that SMI companies do not possess modern R and D
facilities and testing equipment and they depend on only the three
development and testing centres namely Rubber Research Institute, ITI
and the Rubber Development Centre of IDB in Peliyagoda.
He proposed the government to upgrade the Peliyagoda Centre in order
to have proper testing facilities for the SME sector at reduced rates as
the charges at other centres are too costly.
The government of Sri Lanka and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce with
the assistance of GTZ identified SMEs as an important strategic sector
which can play an important role in economic development through
employment creation, income generation, poverty alleviation and
reduction of regional disparities.