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INSEE Cement Ranked Amongst LMD’s Most Respected Entities Once Again

September 5, 2022

Sri Lanka’s market leader and only integrated manufacturer of cement, INSEE Cement, has once
again secured a coveted spot on LMD’s list of Most Respected Entities 2022. The rankings are based
on research carried out by AC Nielsen, and data gathered through unaided and unprompted
telephone interviews with “managers and above”, where each respondent was asked to name their
picks for the top 3 companies in Sri Lanka, along with other questions. The Most Respected Entities
ranking by LMD is one of the most prestigious accolades within Sri Lanka’s corporate sector and
reflects the market-leading position that INSEE Cement enjoys.
Delighted at the achievement, Nandana Ekanayaka, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer at INSEE
Cement remarked, “Loyalty and Trust have played a key role in our ranking on the Most Respected
list in 2022. We have proven our mettle as a customer-centric brand over the past few years, and
more so in a post-pandemic era, and continue to single-handedly navigate the local construction
industry during these unprecedented times. Additionally, with INSEE SANSTHA Cement being the
only cement product in the country to be 100% locally produced, we have also been able to maintain
prices in a highly volatile market, which also aided the continuous growth of customer trust and
loyalty. This loyalty is reflected by public endorsement as we were voted People’s Housing and
Construction brand of the year for the 11 th consecutive time, and the most loved cement brand for
the second successive year by LMD. We take this opportunity to renew our determination to
continue in innovation and reaffirm our commitment to ‘build for life’.”
During both the global pandemic and Sri Lanka’s present economic crisis, INSEE Cement leveraged its
position as the only integrated manufacturer of cement in the Island, to ensure uninterrupted
supplies, amidst the most challenging and volatile operating environments in its history. During the
cement scarcity experienced in 2021, INSEE ensured adequate supplies to the market by operating
24/7 at maximum capacity, fulfilling in excess of 40% of the total market demand, locally, helping to
stabilize prices and support business continuity within Sri Lanka’s construction industry.
One of the hallmarks of INSEE Cement’s market-leading position has been its unwavering
commitment to collaboration. As a result, the Company has built a solid reputation for fostering a
culture of learning and innovation over the years, which has directly contributed towards the
advancement of quality and performance across INSEE’s own products, and across the industry too.
One of the Company’s most prominent ongoing initiatives in this regard is the “INSEE i2i
Collaboration Space” – a dedicated center of excellence, for the development and promotion of new
products and solutions, across the industry, in line with INSEE’s benchmarked quality standards.
More recently, INSEE Cement collaborated with multiple stakeholder groups to establish the new
SLS 1697 Standard, which is equivalent to British Standards for Portland Composite Cement, yet
another industry first in Sri Lanka.
While pioneering and guiding Sri Lanka’s cement and construction industries with regard to quality
and innovation, INSEE Cement is also a socially and environmentally conscious organization, with
numerous comprehensive initiatives in this regard. The Company believes that social and
environmental responsibility is fundamental to corporate citizenship and these concepts are
formalized in INSEE’s Sustainability Ambition 2030; its groupwide sustainability policy and
framework. The Company’s sustainability initiatives cascade down to five pillars: Climate & Energy,
Biodiversity & Water, and Circular Economy all driven by mutually beneficial Community and
Stakeholder Engagement, and a strong foundation of Occupational Health & Safety standards.

Through its Sustainability Ambition 2030, INSEE Cement has clearly mapped-out definitive timelines
to meet ambitious social and environmental goals, including taking definite action to support the
Paris Climate Agreement, through a 15% carbon reduction from its 2020 baseline figure, among
multiple other ambitious initiatives. Throughout the pandemic, and the economic crisis, INSEE
Cement has engaged in numerous social welfare programs, donating dry rations, medical supplies
and equipment, care packages, and even contributing towards the building of new hospital facilities
through the donation of cement and the provision of engineering consultations services, free of
charge paving the way to the community hearts and minds making INSEE one of the most recognized
and respected organization in the country.
About INSEE Cement
Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited, also known as INSEE Cement, is a member of the Siam City
Cement Public Company Limited (SCCC), a leading cement manufacturer in Southeast Asia, founded
in 1969 in Thailand. The Company is Sri Lanka’s leading, and only fully-integrated, cement
manufacturer offering a comprehensive portfolio of construction solutions, including the highly
demanded INSEE Sanstha and INSEE Mahaweli Marine Plus brands in Sri Lanka. Powered by a 600-
member team of professionals, the company continues to steer the local building and construction
industry towards high-performing, low-carbon, and future-ready constructions, introducing
consistently high-quality blended cement products and sustainable building materials through the
company’s strong investment in innovation and R&D.

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
  • Concrete Sulphate Resistance - SIA 262-1/A