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DIMO Sponsors JITF 2013 and displays a home-grown car by Jaffna DATS

January 28, 2013

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) came on board as the Main Sponsor at the recently concluded Jaffna International Trade Fair 2013, which was held from 18-20 January at the Durayappah Stadium. This event proved to be a success with more than 60,000 visitors coming in during the three days and with more companies from India and Sri Lanka, especially from Colombo.

The ceremonial opening was held at the Jaffna Library under the patronage of many distinguished guests including Hon. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce while Mr. V. Mahalingam, Consul General of India, Jaffna, was the Special Guest.

This event was organized by Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services with the partnership of Chamber of Commerce and Industries Yarlpanam, FCCISL  and supported by Sri Lanka Convention Bureau with India coming in as the partner country. DIMO has been partnering this event as the main sponsor for the last 4 years, considering the fact that this is the largest exhibition to happen in the North every year.

DIMO had three display areas at the exhibition – open area vehicle display, closed area display of DIMO other products and display of TATA Nano at the entrance. The open area display included the TATA Passenger Car range (which included Nano and Manza),the entire TATA Commercial Vehicle range (which included DIMO Batti, DIMO Batta, 207 Single Cabs, LCV, MCV, HCV, Tippers, Buses etc.) and Mahindra tractors with implements. This provided a great opportunity for the Jaffna community to witness the entire range of TATA vehicles, in Jaffna without having to come to Colombo.

The DIMO closed display area stall which was over 1000 sqft took a very local theme – “Swayam Waram”, which means the auspicious ceremony by which you choose your partner in life in Jaffna. It took the style and color of an old castle in which the World’s Best Engineered Brands were available for selection – to partner.

Bosch power tools and accessories, SKIL power tools, Bosch automotive products, WD-40, fischer fixing solutions, Kumho and MRF tires, Original Equipment products for automobiles, Osram lighting products, Bosch Service, DIMO Adhisathkara Engine repair and DIMO Automobile Training School had displays in the enclosed area.

In addition to the display inside the stall by the Jaffna DIMO Automobile Training School (DATS) which included cut models of Mercedes-Benz and TATA engines, they brought their own home-grown automobile to the event. It was developed by 11 students from the 2nd year of the Jaffna DATS program. It was built by modifying a DIMO Batta engine, furthermore they modified the drive train, gearbox, differential and rear axle to make it smaller to suit the car. The entire chassis was developed by the students to suit the modified components, including the steering system. The end product was a diesel powered, single seat go-cart type car and with a very good turning circle. This car was actually driven to the grounds along the A9 road from the DATS premises. This vehicle was developed under the guidance of Mr. Donald De Silva, Mr. Parakrama Abeykoon and the academic staff of DATS.

Jaffna DATS was established in May 2010 as the first-ever technical training institute in post-war Jaffna. It follows a curriculum set by Daimler AG and provides a two-year training course for 16 youth from Jaffna free-of-charge.

SKIL Tools and Paul Jr. Designs Unveil SKILSAW®-Inspired Chopper

June 1, 2012

Las Vegas, NV. (May 22, 2012) – With 2012 acting as a milestone year for the Worm Drive SKILSAW®, SKIL Tools wanted to celebrate big, and that is exactly what they did. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of “The Saw That Built America,” the power tools company partnered with Paul Teutul Jr. and his crew at Paul Jr. Designs to design a custom chopper that was unveiled on May 1, 2012. The unveiling was timed with the National Hardware Show, held annually in Las Vegas.

The unveil, which was filmed for the famed American Chopper reality series and aired across two episodes on May 14 and May 21, 2012, was attended by show stars Paul Teutul Jr., Rachael Teutul, Vinnie DiMartino and Joe Puliafico. Paul Jr. revved up the cloaked SKILSAW-inspired chopper before driving it out in front of a crowd of SKIL employees, customers and friends during the celebration at the Hard Rock Café́ on the Las Vegas strip. Incorporating parts of a Model 77 SKILSAW throughout, the one-of-a-kind chopper boasted a built-in solid bronze worm gear, silver and red paint and a truly unique exhaust that demands attention once started. The housing of a Worm Drive SKILSAW circular saw was used to build the air cleaner and the headlight, while the chopper is emblazoned with “The Saw That Built America,” “SKILSAW 75” and “77” to honor the Worm Drive itself.

“Overall, [this is] unquestionably one of our most favorite bikes we’ve ever built,” said Teutul during the chopper’s unveiling. “We absolutely love this bike, we really do.”
Notably absent from the chopper were saw blades. “The easy way to do this would be to put saw blades all over it,” said Teutul. “We really wanted it to be about that Worm Drive 77.”

In addition to this original custom show chopper, Paul Jr. and his crew have designed and built a second SKILSAW-inspired daily rider chopper to be sold through eBay Motors during a 10-day auction this fall. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to The Home Depot Foundation, a non- profit organization whose mission is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. Both the custom show chopper and the SKILSAW-inspired daily rider will be going on a tour beginning at the end of May. Visit for tour dates and locations.

The limited-edition MAG77-75 Worm Drive SKILSAW featuring a commemorative 75th anniversary name plate, a custom black fleck paint finish and a chrome aluminum foot plate is available at select retail and hardware stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of $189.99 (USD). Visit for where to buy as well as 75th anniversary gear.

Skil launches new and improved website

February 1, 2012

This year, it’s “out with the old, in with the new” at The re-launched website is aimed at making projects easier for do-it-yourselfers and handymen alike. In addition to a revamped layout and updated images, the site also features helpful tips, tricks and product reviews so DIYers can tackle any project.

New features of the site include an enhanced navigation system as well as an expanded accessories section, providing consumers an easy-to-use resource right at their fingertips.

SKIL web site

Source: SkilL Press Releases