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INSEE Puttalam cement plant celebrates 50 years

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Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd, also known as INSEE Cement, is celebrating a milestone in the company’s history, with its manufacturing plant in Puttalam reaching 50 years. The plant has proved to be an important strategic investment, contributing to INSEE Cement’s role as Sri Lanka’s only fully integrated manufacturer of cement.

The Puttalam cement plant was set up under the Factories Act of Parliament in 1969 at a time when clinker was brought to the grinding plant in small quantities by train.

In 2017, the company spearheaded the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the INSEE Enterprise-based Vocational Education training centre and the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority. Under this programme, students in the Puttalam area receive National Vocational Qualification Level 4, further proffering lessons in English language and IT, along with relevant subjects including pneumatics, hydraulics, lathe/milling, and Auto CAD. The project was initiated in 2007 and has trained 222 students to date.

“We produce the country’s most preferred cement brands ‘Sanstha’ and ‘Mahaweli Marine Plus’ that have the highest market share and largest customer base in the cement industry in Sri Lanka,” said Nandana Ekanayake, CEO of INSEE Cement. As the premier cement supplier, our products are much-needed resources for the nation’s important development projects, that is contributing to the growth and prosperity of the country. We are proud to supply cement for the building of highways, ports, airports, dams, bridges, and high-rise buildings.

“Our Puttalam cement plant impacts over 10 000 stakeholders both directly and indirectly, in and around the Puttalam area. The quality of our cement is a high priority, ensuring strict compliance with the local and British standards; quality control and quality assurance is instrumental in our cement manufacturing process. We believe in supporting the local community and employees by ensuring an environmentally-sound and safe workplace for all.

“We take pride in empowering our youth in the Puttalam area by giving them outstanding technical skills – a first step towards building independence and a sustainable livelihood. This will enhance their educational levels, increase their employability, and give them a stable career path. The initiative will help to develop further technicians for the nation. At INSEE Cement, we strongly believe in enriching the community, particularly in areas where we do business.”

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