Noritake President Lauds Business Performance in Sri Lanka…
President Noritake Group President, T. Ogura who was on a recent visit to Sri Lanka commended the Company’s performance during the last financial year and forecasted steady and greater growth figures during the year to come.
During this brief visit to Colombo, Ogura also paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapakse at ‘Temple Trees’. Associated with him during this visit were Chairman of the Tabletop Division Mabuchi, Chairman of the Urban Development Authority Nimal Perera, Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) Y. Shimaya and General Manager Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd Sujatha Egodagedara.
Ogura explained to President Rajapakse the importance of the recently opened Flagship Store at Colombo 77, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07. “Noritake has been in Sri Lanka for the past 42 years. While reinforcing our international brand presence in Sri Lanka, this Flagship Store is a vital step in our journey through the South East Asian region. Sri Lanka has been positioned as our regional hub and now brings the sheer excellence of our products to this region”, he said.
Strategically situated at the crossroads of Dharmapala Mw and Sir James Peries Mw (Pitthala Junction), the 10,000 sq ft flagship store is spread over three floors and enjoys prestigious visibility from its vantage location. Colombo has now joined Noritake’s up market and international chain of similar stores in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hong Kong and New Jersey.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd currently sources 35% of its raw materials from Sri Lanka. Its factory at Matale is one of the largest production facilities in the world which produces high quality tableware under the brand Noritake.
Among the locally sourced raw materials are Quartz from Galaha off Kandy, Felspar from Owala off Rattota, Dolomite from Digana off Kandy and Calcite from Balangoda.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd also exports 80% of its local production to key markets in over a hundred countries including USA, UK, Japan, the Middle East, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Korea. The balance 20% is marketed locally through its outlets at Kirulapona, Wattala , Matale, Pannala and the Bandaranaike Air Port.