State-of-the-art cement manufacturing facility Lanwa Sanstha Cement Corporation (Pvt) Ltd which is slated to be one of the largest in the region is scheduled for commissioning in June 2021. The facility which is spread across 63 acres is in the Mirijjawila Export Processing Zone, Hambantota.
A BOI venture, the investment for Phase 1 of project was USD 70 mn & the production capacity of same is estimated to be 2.4 million Metric Tons per annum. In the second phase, a further investment of USD 10 mn will be infused to the project whereby the production capacity will expand by another 1.2 mn MT.
One of the highlights of the facility would be the emphasis on latest technology where all mixing will be carried out with latest German-made Gebr Pfeiffer machinery while many of the other equipment used throughout the production process have been customized by the world renowned pioneer in innovation, Siemens. Packaging is done using FLSmidth state-of-the-art technology for improved efficiency and minimal wastage.
Chairman of Lanwa Sanstha Cement Mr. Nandana Lokuwithana said: “This facility will serve to benefit the construction industry tremendously by delivering products of premium quality to the market. The plant is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka utilizing cutting-edge European technology to yield optimum outcomes while being environmentally conscious through continuous monitoring.”
The manufacturing facility features a fully automated Stacker Reclaimer Yard and two Bridge Type Ship Unloaders, a breakthrough in cargo handling shifting from labor-intensive to tech-oriented aligning local industry with global trends. Lanwa Sanstha Cement will have a storage capacity the equivalent of three cargo ships and an impressive 2.4km covered conveyer belt for transportation of raw materials from port to plant with increased efficiency, no wastage & zero pollution which sets the precedent for other enterprises too in manufacturing to preserve nature by working smarter. All these features are new to Sri Lanka and only available at a handful such facilities regionally.
Lanwa Sanstha Cement is expected to meet the requirements of all major construction projects locally including Port City & Expressways once commissioned, manufacturing the entire gamut of blended cement products including Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), Portland Slag Cement (PSC) & Portland Limestone Cement (PLC).
Lanwa Sanstha Cement (Pvt) Limited is a sister company of Sri Lanka’s foremost manufacturer of steel, Ceylon Steel Corporation Limited, which manufactures a host of products including QT bars, Hot Dipped Galvanized pipes (GI pipes), BOX bars, Round Tubes, Wire Nails, MS rods, purlins & meshes under the ‘Lanwa’ brand.
A respected entrepreneur of international standing, the Chairman of Lanwa Sanstha Cement Corporation (Pvt) Ltd Mr. Nandana Lokuwithana also heads the Onyx Group in the UAE, Marriot Al Jadaf Hotel in Dubai, Marangoni Industrial Tyres Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Rigid Tyre Corporation (Pvt) Ltd in Horana of which Phase 1 is due for completion in January 2021.
Pic#1 – Hon. Minister of Ports & Shipping Rohitha Abeygunwardena & Hon. State Minister – Aviation and Export Zones Development,. D. V. Chanaka along with Mr. Nandana Lokuwithana – Chairman of Lanwa Sanstha Cement Corporation (Pvt) Ltd., during a visit to the factory nearing completion.
Pic#2 – Factory nearing completion