INSEE Cement Celebrates its Trailblazers at Seniority Awards 2022

March 31, 2023

Acknowledging the valued contribution and pioneering efforts of its longestserving and most loyal personnel, INSEE Cement, the leading manufacturer of cement in Sri Lanka, held its Seniority Awards 2022, recently. 20 INSEE personnel working in locations and facilities from around the country who have successfully completed 20 or more years of dedicated service were presented with accolades of appreciation for their loyalty and service. Overall, the award recipients work in a range of functions at INSEE Cement, such as manufacturing, sales, procurement, logistics and finance.

The Seniority Awards were attended by members of INSEE Cement’s Executive Management Team and Departmental heads, including Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Nandana Ekanayake, and Chief People Officer, Thilanka Silva. Highlighting the significance of the event, Mr. Ekanayake noted that the Seniority Awards not only recognizes years of service but also the loyalty, dedication, commitment and sacrifices that have been made, not only by employees but also their families during their long tenures with the company.

Elaborating further Mr. Ekanayake said, “At INSEE Cement, we build for life, and thus, we deeply appreciate these individuals who, in many cases, have dedicated their lives to INSEE and our purpose. These Awards also highlight the unique relationship that we share with our people, here at INSEE, and are demonstrative of the mutual trust and commitment enjoyed between our people and the organization. I take this opportunity to congratulate and honour all the recipients of Seniority Awards this year.”

Seven of the 20 recipients of this year’s Awards have been with the INSEE Cement family for over 3 decades, accounting for more than half of the company’s lifespan.  Speaking about the value of human capital and dedicated, long-standing service, Thilanka Silva, Chief People officer remarked, “We have a very unique culture here at INSEE. In an age where people move around frequently, it is a sign of INSEE’s warmth, hospitality, and healthy work environment, along with the trust they vest in us, that we have so many very long-serving people still with us, some for over 30 years.”

“From the inception, we have looked after our people and they, in turn, have looked after us. We have built winning relationships and used that platform to win together,” she added. “Today, we are an employer of choice, and adhere to the highest standards of workplace safety, ethics, and openness. At INSEE, when we say, we build for life, that includes our relationships with our people. The INSEE Seniority Awards, celebrate this achievement.”

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess fresh and hardened concrete properties

  • Specified Tests for Self-Compacting Concrete
    • Flow Table Test – BS EN 12350-5:2019
    • J-Ring Test – BS EN 12350-12:2010
    • V Funnel – BS EN 12350-09:2010
    • L Box – EN 12350
  • Slump test – BS EN 12350-2 and ASTM C143
  • Density of fresh concrete – ASTM C138
  • Air content in fresh concrete – ASTM 231
  • Concrete bleeding – ASTM 232
  • Concrete setting time – ASTM C403
  • Compressive Strength up to 180 MPa – Testing Machines (3000 & 4000KN) – Double the existing strength standards in Sri Lanka
  • NDT for Compressive Strength up to 130 MPa – Impact Rebound Hammers – Double the existing equipment capacity in Sri Lanka
  • Flexural Strength – ASTM C78 / BS EN 12390-5-2019
  • Splitting Resistance – ASTM C-496 / EN 12390-6 / EN 1338
  • Concrete Specimen Grinding Machine – BS EN 12390-2 2019/ ASTM D4543

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess and ensure your aggregate grade meets the demand and requirement of your concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Blue™ – Assess clay content as key quality indicator for manufactured and natural pit sand
    • INSEE Shape™ – Assess the grain shape particles as key quality indicator for manufactured sand
  • Coarse and fine aggregate particles size distribution – ASTM C136 / C136M – 19 & BS EN 933-1
  • Relative Density and Absorption of Coarse Aggregates – ASTM C127-12
  • Aggregate Impact Value (AIV) – BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Flakiness Index & Elongation Index – BS EN 933-3:2012
  • Soundness Test of Aggregates – SN EN 206-1
  • Aggregate Crushing Value (ACV)- BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Test – ASTM C 131-06

A range of tests to assess properties of fresh concrete that go beyond the traditional ‘slump test’, improving the quality and consistency of concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Flow™
    • INSEE Heat™
    • INSEE Color™
    • INSEE ConTemp™
  • ICAR Rheometer for paste, mortar & concrete toassess pumpability, flow resistance, thickness, slump retention, admixtures compatibility
  • Grout for Pre-Stressing Tendons – BS EN 445 2007
  • Electrical Conductivity for paste & mortar
  • Cementometer™ latest microwave technology for the determination of fresh concrete water to cement w/c ratio

Advanced testing with durability indicators to optimize structural performance and extend the service life of concrete structures exposed to severe environments.

  • Rapid Chloride Permeability Test - ASTM C1202
  • Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Hardened Concrete - ASTM C1760-12
  • Specific Resistivity - RILEM TC154 - AASHTO T358
  • Concrete Carbonation - Swiss SIA 262-1/1 CEN/TS 12390-12
  • O2 Permeability - RILEM 116-PCD CEMBUREAU Method
  • Capillary Water Absorption/ Sorptivity - Swiss SIA 262/1:2013 ASTM C1585-04
  • Initial Surface Absorption (ISAT) - BS 1881 Part 5
  • Water Permeability - EN 12390-8:2000
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