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The COVID-19 experience opens new awareness, opportunities for PRISL

President of the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka, Kaushal Rajapaksa with the new office bearers of the PRISL.
President of the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka, Kaushal Rajapaksa with the new office bearers of the PRISL.

“The COVID-19 experience has opened up new awareness and opportunities which will be explored by the institute in its efforts to serve the members and the rubber and plastics industry in Sri Lanka” stated Kaushal Rajapaksa who was re-elected President of the Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRISL), at its 55th Annual General Meeting, held recently.

The meeting which was a hybrid event had both physical and online participants. Speaking further Rajapaksa said, “The rubber and plastics industries with their high-value addition will have a leading role to play in the recovery process, and PRISL as the apex body in the polymer education in the country should be in a strong position to support the industry.”

The following were elected at the AGM.

Office Bearers, Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa (Kalhari Enterprises), President; R.A.L. Sampath Ramanayake (Ex Camso Loadstar), Vice President; Kalyana Dhirasekera (Aqua Packaging), Vice President; P.P. Perera (Sri Lanka Representative PIN365), Secretary; Lalith Jayawardene (DSI), Treasurer and Prabath Jayasinghe (Gislaved Gummi), Assistant Secretary.

Executive Council: Ananda Caldera (Global Rubber Industries), Dr. Susantha Siriwardena (Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka), B.M.H.I.B. Wattegedara (Camso Loadstar), Janadara Jayawarna (Laugfs), Pio Perera (Vaughan Chemicals), K.A.C. Vidyarathne(Vanadium Lanka), Mr. AnuraHerath (Penguin Lanka), Mr. SumuduBowatta (Camso Loadstar), H.N. Hari (Midas Group - Industrial Clothing’s), Parakrama Jayatissa (Champion Recycle), Dr. Upul Rathnayake (Dipped Products Lanka), Dinesh Gunasekara (Trelleborg Lanka), Kapila Sooriyabandara (Ansell Lanka), Kersten Rausch (Eu-Retec Continental) and Sharad Kakati (CeatKelani). “The Complast and Rubber Expo scheduled for August 2020 had to be postponed due to the current health situation. A virtual exhibition will be organized instead, in October 2020,” he added.

He also appreciated the collaborative partnership which PRISL has established with SMARTEXPOS India, which is a leading exhibitions organizer, currently holding events in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. A valuable opportunity will be provided to the local industrialists to display their rubber and plastics products globally, through the platform of virtual exhibitions.

“This being the 60th Anniversary of the PRISL, a series of events are being planned to commemorate the occasion. We also plan to expand the international networking with countries such as Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The PRISL has also launched a dynamic drive to increase the Corporate Membership base.”


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