Photo Technica conducts seminar in Negombo
Photo Technica conducted an awareness seminar on Nikon for the
Negombo Photography Association which entailed a lively discussion with
the participants on the key factors encompassing professional and
leisure photography, the technological wonders that have made this
Japanese brand the most popular and preferred choice amongst customers
is a gamut of other salient features on the subject.
The objective of this seminar was to improve the awareness on Nikon
and to share knowledge, ideas, views and 'dos' and 'don'ts' on
photography with eager enthusiasts who cherish those momentous moments
of clicking a great shot.
The presentation made by Ajantha Wattalagedara, Manager, Photo
Technica was not only the finer points of photography for professionals
but also the illustrious history of Photo Technica, its products and
services with special emphasis on Nikon. And Meesha Gunawardane focussed
the presentation on Model Photography and wildlife, while Macro
photography was presented by Prasad Hapuarachchi.
The seminar transformed into a vibrant forum with enthusiastic
participants posing questions on Nikon, the benefits and advantages of
using the products, after-sales service and availability of accessories
and the reason behind the outstanding image the brand has built in the
market over the decades.
As a special bonanza participants were also offered the facility of a
free service for their Nikon cameras at the fully-equipped Photo
Technica stall at the event.
Singer Mega ties up with Hunter and Company
Hunter and Company PLC Managing
Director - Mrs. L.R.P. Dossa, Director D.H.J. Gunawardena,
General Manager (Sales and Marketing)Lasantha Perera, Chief
Accountant W. Prasanna; and Manager -Human Resources and
Legal U.J.P. Senaratne.Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC Mahesh
Wijewardena – Commercial Director, Premalal De Silva –
Director Operations, Priyath Salgado – Finance Director,
Dhammika Guruge – Sales Manager - Modern Trade and Ms. Omega
Senanayake – Assistant Legal Manager.
Hunter and Company PLC, one of Sri Lanka's most reputed companies
with a track record of over 100 years in business, recently tied up with
renowned life style retailer Singer Mega. The tie-up facilitates Hunter
to market its 'Indesit range' along with other home appliance brands and
garden equipment at Singer Mega stores across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. L R P Dossa, Managing Director, Hunter
and Company PLC said, "Hunter and Company's product mix of Industrial
and Light Engineering products, Home Appliances, Garden products and
bicycles are of world famous brands such as Indesit, Optima, Atlantic,
Gardena, Castlegarden, Oleomac, Metabo, Cifarelli etc.
Through this agreement Hunter and Company's world class brands will
find themselves getting more exposure through Singer Mega's extensive
retail network" Mahesh Wijewardena, Commercial Director - Singer Sri
Lanka added, "Singer Mega has an enviable reputation for multi-brand
retail excellence. Through our vast range of products and services we
have been instrumental in helping Sri Lankans embrace a modern
lifestyle. Hunter and Company has a century old reputation for
delivering quality products to Sri Lankans.
Therefore, this agreement will result in great synergy befitting our
two companies and our legacies in the Sri Lankan market."
Tritech introduces two new PPR pipes from Germany
A long-felt need for reliable, long life, time pipe system for
chilled water, compressed air and fire protection, was met when Tritech
launched their top quality PPR pipes from Germany, at a ceremony held at
the Taj Samudra Hotel.
Joint Managing Director, Tritech Group
of Companies Eng. Viraj Wickremasinghe at the launch.
The maufacturer and supplier, Aquatherm GmbH, from Germany the third
generation Poly-Prophylene pipes embedded with their findings through
continuous research and development process. Tritech Marketing
Internaitonal Ltd is a sister company of Tritech Engineers (Pvt) Ltd.,
which provides many engineering products for the needs of the industrial
market. The 'Fusiotherm' Polypropylene-R&O Random Copolymer pipe is one
of the most famous products for cold and hot water applications.
Aquatherm is used in many large land market projects like Island
Residencies, the Central Hospital, Chaaya Bay, Galadari, Hilton, Bentota
Beach Hotel, Ansell Lanka and many more with proven results, said Viraj
Wickremasinghe, Joint Managing Director, Tritech Group of companies.Many
of the pipes avialable in the market by the Polypropylene family, are
either the first generation or second generation. The first generation
pipes are hundred percent Polypropylene, with more elongation in heat
expansion and less in strength, hence many supporting brackets required
to hold the pipe.
The second generaiton comes out with solution for elongation and
strength. The thin Aluminum pipe tube covered with Polypropylene
material. The composite pipe is with less expansion and more strength.
This special third generation PPR pipe is called 'Face Composite' that
can withstand the pressure upto 22 bars at atmospheric temperature,
Wickremasinghe said."With the confidence of these innovations, Tritech
introduces yet another two new pipe systems form the house of
'Aquatherm' to the Sri Lankan market, called 'Climatherm and Fire Stop'
for chilled water/compressed air applications and fire protection
systems respectively," joint Managing Director, Tritech Group of
Companies, Viraj Wickremasinghe said.
Sampath Bank Celebrates Silver Jubilee
Today, marks a significant milestone in the Sampath Bank journey, as
the Bank that changed the financial landscape with revolutionary IT
innovations and unsurpassed customer service, celebrates its 25th year.
Incorporated as the "Investment and Credit Bank Limited" in March
1986, the Bank opened its doors for its very first customer on March
25th 1987 during its initial soft opening. It later adopted the name of
'Sampath Bank,' conveying its brand ethos of wealth and prosperity to
the people, by the people. Today, Sampath is the third largest private
sector commercial bank in the country, with a network of 209 branches
across the island, and over 3,000 employees.
Beginning as a 'truly Sri Lankan Bank meant for the sons of the
soil', the Bank has maintained its commitment to being a truly local
Bank, and works under the tag line of 'A Bank for all Sri Lankans.'
"While Sampath has progressed immensely in the past twenty five
years, we have every intention of outdoing ourselves in every way
possible in the future," said Dhammika Perera, Chairman of Sampath Bank.
"Since day one we've seen ourselves as a Bank with a difference and I'm
confident that the recently appointed board of directors, experienced
corporate management, and committed staff will continue to push the
boundaries within the industry to better serve our customers."
From the very beginning they focused on two key strengths: IT
innovations and customer service.
The Bank is renowned for ushering several technological advances in
the Banking arena including its inter-connected ATM network and South
Asia's very first debit card - SET, the Uni-Banking concept, enabling
customers to access their account at any Sampath branch and Sri Lanka's
first Master card and Visa Infinite, Signature and Platinum credit
cards. Its array of firsts includes launching cheque imaging and
truncating services, introducing real-time e-remittance services and the
Sampath "Easy Cheque Deposit" (ECD) system enabling customers to deposit
their cheques 24/7 at any ATM without the hassle of filling in forms etc
via using their ATM card. "One of the reasons the bank came into being
was because the founders saw the need for an innovative, truly Sri
Lankan bank and we've done our best to accomplish that with
technological innovations wherever possible," stated Aravinda Perera,
Managing Director of Sampath Bank.
The Bank has also maintained its dedication towards creating a
personalized and satisfying banking experience for their consumers
throughout the years, incorporating Sri Lanka's trademark hospitability
and warmth into their company culture. Their commitment to customer
service was highlighted right at the beginning when they introduced
extended banking hours 25 years ago - a novel concept at the time. Many
of the bank's innovative ventures facilitate convenience and ease for
their customers such as their same day cheque clearance service and the
introduction of the super bank concept allowing customers to bank
between the hours of 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. 365 days a year.
The Bank's loyalty towards customer service is further exemplified
through ventures such as Sampath Vishwa - the Bank's virtual account
opening facility that gained recognition at last year's NBQSA Awards,
which was launched to create more time for their customers; Sampath
Sanhinda - a savings account designed especially for senior citizens
that includes a bi-monthly interest payment, a facet unique to the Bank
and featuring a range of discounts and offers for individuals over the
age of fifty including free health check-ups; Sampath SS - the first
savings account to offer a bonus interest on the existing interest and
Kalin Cash - a novel concept in fixed deposits where customers can
receive their interest at the time of opening the deposit.
With 209 bank branches located island wide, the Bank further expanded
its reach to 1,600 locations when it pioneered ATM network in
partnership with other banks, enabling customers to access their money
via HNB, BoC, Union Bank, DFCC Vardhana, Pan Asia Bank, NSB, HDFC and
NDB Bank ATM machines with the goal of facilitating convenient banking
for their customers.
"When the Bank opened 25 years ago, it introduced a very novel
concept to Sri Lankan banking with its extended banking hours, with the
bank remaining open till 3.00 p.m. daily and since that day we've done
our very best to go out of the way to introduce concepts and services to
make our customers' lives easier, whether it's same day cheque clearance
or introducing the Super Banking concept," stated Aravinda Perera,
Managing Director of Sampath Bank.
Thirteen of the Bank's very first employees also celebrate their 25th
year with the Bank on this auspicious day. The Bank holds a unique place
in the Sri Lankan banking arena, for its commitment towards being a
truly indigenous bank, be it via the logo symbolizing a 'punkalasa'
utilizing a historic symbol of prosperity and sustenance or employees
who don traditional saris and greet you with 'Ayubowan' paying homage to
the values and heritage of Sri Lanka. Sampath has four subsidiary
companies - Sampath Leasing & Factoring Ltd dedicated to leasing and
factoring services; SC Securities (Pvt) Ltd. responsible for stocker
brokering services; Sampath Information & Technology Solutions Ltd
working on IT services and Sampath Center devoted to property
My Cola finds cool charm in 200 ml glass bottle
Irresistible and on-par with international cola brands, My Cola takes
one more innovative-step to level the competition of glass cola bottle
marketers. With global warming bringing in tsunamis and as more
natural-red-lights pop up worldwide My Cola not only take the cue to be
more environmentally-friendly, but also see the potential advantages of
reducing waste and recycling in their competitive stride.
Additionally, the worldwide cola drinker's traditional yet
sentimental attachment to the glass bottle is also eagerly considered in
bringing this cool, charming change to the Lankan cola consumer. With My
Cola's success of winning a loyal following both locally and in
Maldives, their simple dream of continuing to "propel the art of
innovation" with its tempting range of flavours, seems to be the right
Pet Packaging introduced CRISTAL bottled water and later in 2004, My
Cola came in as a BOI approved project. Powered by an imagination that
has now conquered borders, the will to succeed, and a continuous
learning approach has seen My Cola fertilized as an idea and rinsed
through trials and tribulations like a phoenix. With My Cola's
continuous innovation and achievement, now the enterprise boasts of two
plants, one in Sri Lanka and another in Maldives. My Cola operates with
a marketing fleet exceeding 80 marketing personnel and has an islandwide
coverage with 48 distributors and 246 super markets having proudly
obtained a market share of over 6%.
The company markets two brands of water and My Cola products with a
portfolio of flavours not second to any of the multinational products.
The My Cola range is well presented as modernised environmental
friendly convenient PET plastic bottles in a variety of sizes 200 ml,
330 ml, 500 ml, or 1500 ml. The staff man at the factory with expert
training received from Scotland, whilst adhering to stringent quality
measures and continuously upgrading its best practices to provide the
most trusted water and beverage brand in Sri Lanka with SLSI and
Ministry of Health certifications.
Bartleet extends goodwill to School for the Deaf and Blind
Bartleet Finance recently made it a priority to address the needs of
the inmates of the School for the Deaf and Blind at Ratmalana. A
programme of events under the banner, "Doing more than our minimum for
society" were brought to realization radiating joy amongst these
Brainchild of its Managing Director/CEO Eraj Wijesinghe, the
activities were organized with his active participation and wholehearted
involvement of Mrs. Wijesinghe, the management, staff and stakeholders.
The whole scenario reflected the teamwork and solidarity of the staff,
business and advertizing partners who came together in a combined effort
to organize a Shramadana and day of fun activities for the children.
Prior to the fun events day, a full day was spent in a clean-up of
the premises and surroundings. In addition repairs and painting of class
rooms were carried out and those who contributed their time and energy
to make this project a reality felt a sense of fulfillment in a day well
The fun activities included cricket matches between the staff and
children, elephant rides, face painting, bouncers, races, drawing
competitions, music and dancing. They were also treated to delicious
Ice-cream and sausages doled out by on-site outlets and a gift each by
Sri Lanka Insurnace, Negombo Branch
awarded ‘Pranama Thilina’ to their customers. Here Negombo
sales manager Samantha Peris and chief Administrative
Officer Nadeeka Perera hands over a plaque to M.A. Samson
Fernando, Divulapitiya Sales Manager Sami
Kumarasinghe and Sales Advisor Prasad Perera were also
present. Picture by Ivon Nissanka, Divulapitiya group