INSEE Sanstha Cement wins coveted SLIM Kantar Award for the People’s Housing and Construction Brand for the 12th consecutive year

March 30, 2023

INSEE Cement team holding the SLIM Kantar People’s Awards 2023 award for the “People’s Housing and Construction Brand of the Year” (From L-R) Chameera Wickramaratne, Sujeewa Perera, Mohamed Safeekhan, Nandana Amunuthuduwa, Gayani Perera, Sathya Premaratne, Lahiru Palihawadana, Dishan Shaminda

INSEE Sanstha Cement has reaffirmed its status as the most recognized and sought-after brand in Sri Lanka by winning the coveted “SLIM Kantar People’s Awards 2023” for “People’s Housing and Construction Brand of the Year”. This is the 12th consecutive year that INSEE Sanstha Cement has received this award.

The SLIM Kantar People’s Awards is organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and is particularly unique, as a platform that celebrates consumers’ choices across a range of industries and services.  The awards ceremony was held on the Monday 27th of March 2023 at the Monarch Imperial in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, with the attendance of senior marketers and officials, representing both brands and agencies.

INSEE Cement’s Commercial Director Nandana Amunuthuduwa accepted the People’s Award on behalf of the company. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the continued trust and value placed in INSEE Sanstha. “We are overwhelmed by the resounding support of the Sri Lankan people for INSEE Sanstha, which is truly the only homegrown, environmentally friendly cement product in the country in line with international benchmarks. INSEE Sanstha is a result of years of investment in research and innovation, and we want to thank our customers, our network distributors and other stakeholders for supporting us during this journey. Rest assured, we will continue push the boundaries and raise the benchmarks of the local cement manufacturing industry, to bring only the highest quality, most sustainable products and solutions to the Sri Lankan market. That is our pledge to our customer base.”

In addition to the SLIM Kanthar People’s award, INSEE Sanstha has also won a host of other accolades in the past and was ranked amongst Sri Lanka’s 100 Most Loved Brands by LMD’s Brands Annual ranking for two consecutive years (2021 and 2022).

INSEE Sanstha Cement was the first Portland-Composite-Cement ever to be launched in Sri Lanka and is also the only cement produced in Sri Lanka. The higher strength, greater durability, and superior workability of this cement as a result of its “Super S” particle structure, have made it the top favourite of the construction industry in Sri Lanka. In addition to these exceptional qualities, INSEE Sanstha Cement also features special Water Protect technology to prevent penetration and ingress of rainwater, and is environmentally friendly having been certified as a “Green Cement” by the Green Building Council, making it a smart investment for homeowners and the planet. INSEE Sanstha Cement is always fresh, consistent in quality, and always produces supremely stronger structures than any other cement in Sri Lanka can.

INSEE Sanstha Cement is also widely recognised for its aesthetic finish, and for requiring less water to mix than ordinary cement. These attributes have resulted in 2 out of every 3 houses in Sri Lanka being built using INSEE Sanstha Cement. In addition, INSEE Cement products have been used in large construction projects in Sri Lanka including the Southern Expressway, the Colombo Port City, the New Kalani bridge and the Lotus Tower. The brand has clearly won the hearts of engineers and developers in the country, making it Sri Lanka’s preferred choice of cement.

INSEE Cement’s superior portfolio of building materials also includes mortar, skim coat and tile adhesive products. Skim Coat is a finishing compound specially formulated for interior and exterior applications for skimming and general enhancement of surfaces. This is a premixed water based, low shrinkage compound that provides a smooth finish, improves consistency and eases workability and adhesion. Tile Adhesive is specially formulated to suit most tiles including ceramic, porcelain tiles for vertical installation (wall) and horizontal installation (floor). It is suitable for use over many different surfaces.

About INSEE Cement

INSEE Cement or Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited, 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 – INSEE Cement, manufactures INSEE branded – Sanstha, Mahaweli Marine, Mahaweli

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