INSEE Cement Sri Lanka Hosts Glitzy Awards Night in Recognition of Top Performing Business Partners

February 24, 2020

Sri Lanka’s construction industry catalyst INSEE Cement rewarded its island-wide distributor network at the annual INSEE Business Partner Awards 2020 held recently. The gala awards night hosted at Shangri-La Hotel Hambantota under the patronage of the company’s Executive Committee, recognized top performing business partners that strengthened INSEE’s position as the undisputed leader in the local cement retail market.

The theme of the 2020 ceremony ‘Nawa Jawayakin Peratama’ (Marching Forward with New Vigour) was unveiled by Head of Retail Sales Sujeewa Perera, followed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of INSEE Cement Nandana Ekanayake addressing the gathering. The Chairman/CEO briefed the audience on the progress made during the past year, and the ambitious targets that have enabled the INSEE partner network to set benchmarks in market reach and new market penetration.

“The loyalty and support of our partners has ensured INSEE Cement’s continued dominance in the local retail market,” Ekanayake stated at the event. “As the demand for high quality sustainable construction escalates, we are committed to provide to the future-ready needs of Sri Lanka’s evolving construction industry.”

The glamorous event power-packed with musical acts and entertainment kicked off with the presentation of 15 regional awards that recognized the top three business partners across Sri Lanka.

Jan Kunigk, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Innovations at INSEE Cement then went on to announce the Special Recognition Award nominees for 2020. “For the second year running, we are presenting a special award to a Business Partner for value creation through innovative sales initiatives, going the extra mile to create more equity for the INSEE brand,” Kunigk stated.

Three projects were shortlisted and nominated for the award, with all business partners participating in a live vote to choose the winner. The award was won by New Central Stores Kandy for their fully automated sales operation implemented in 2019.

The INSEE Cement Executive Committee later took to the stage to present a total of nine National Awards, with Lahiru Imbuldeniya of New Central Hardware walking away with the coveted Business Partner of the Year Award for 2020.

INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka also known as Siam City Cement (Lanka) is a member of the Siam City Cement Public Company Limited, Thailand. INSEE Cement Sri Lanka is the only fully integrated cement manufacturer in the country. The company produces Sri Lanka’s most favoured brands: INSEE Sanstha and Mahaweli Marine Plus Superior Blended Cement. Sanstha Cement, the flagship brand is the first Superior Blended Cement launched in Sri Lanka and the first ‘Green cement product’ to receive green labeling certification from the Green Building Council, Sri Lanka. Recently, the company also produces Customised Concrete based Solutions (Ready-Mixed Concrete) at its state-of-the-art INSEE Concrete manufacturing facility in Peliyagoda, which is an eco-friendly, zero-discharge plant equipped with a reclaimer that reuses aggregates and water. 

The INSEE i2i (innovation to industry) Collaboration Space in Peliyagoda, assures high-quality consistency of all concrete and cement produced by the plants delivered to the market and will continue to drive development of new products and solutions for the industry.

Furthermore, INSEE Cement Sri Lanka currently imports and sells ‘Conwood’, a popular product in Thailand and Indonesia as a concrete-based replacement for wood. The company’s subsidiaries are Mahaweli Marine Cement (Private) Limited and INSEE Ecocycle Lanka (Private) Limited.

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