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KHD awarded € 100 million project in Malaysia

March 30, 2012

Cologne, Germany – Straits Cement, a 100% subsidiary of the Malaysian YTL Group, has awarded KHD with a € 100 million contract to build a new, fully integrated cement production facility with a capacity of 5000 tons of cement per day and will be located near Kuantan, Malaysia, approximately 260 kilometers east of Kuala Lumpur.
The new plant will be built according to the latest environmental standards. KHD’s supply will include a five stage preheater with Low-NOx precalciner, PYRORAPID® rotary kiln with PYROJET® burner, PYROFLOOR® grate cooler, and energy-efficient COMFLEX® grinding systems for both limestone and clinker.
KHD consortial partner, AVIC, will supply the complete structural steel portion, various electrical and mechanical packages, as well as plant erection. “This is a perfect example of one of the many ways that the KHD – AVIC partnership can better support customers in the fast-growing Asia Pacific market. We are very pleased that we could provide our longstanding customer, YTL, with an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient solution.” says KHD CEO, Jouni Salo.
YTL Cement Berhad is the second largest cement producer in Malaysia and, through its subsidiary Buildcon Concrete Sdn Bhd, the country’s largest producer of ready-mix concrete. The company also owns and operates an integrated cement plant in the Zhe Jiang Province in China, with an annual capacity of 2.0 million tons. YTL has been successfully operating a KHD-built plant in Pahang, Malaysia for many years.

DIMO to partner University of Moratuwa in Driving and Road Safety Research

March 23, 2012

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Moratuwa (UoM) to conduct research in driving and road safety. The MoU was signed between Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman & CEO of DIMO) and Professor Ananda Jayawardane (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa) on the 22nd of December 2011.

The research will be carried out by the Department of Transport & Logistics Management of the University of Moratuwa led by Senior Professor Amal Kumarage. DIMO is establishing a Driver Training Institute in Sooriyawewa which is schedule to open in mid 2012. The research findings will be used in developing a modern state-of-the-art driver training program for experienced drivers as well as for beginners. It will include research into driver training requirements, and new and innovative driving techniques for local and International conditions. The research findings will enable driver training to be conducted scientifically and practically in-order to be made more relevant and effective.

Approximately 2,500 road traffic fatalities occur every year. Nearly 300,000 accidents take place, most of which go unreported to Police. Annual cost of such accidents exceeds Rs 36 billion annually according to the Department of Transport and Logistics Management. During the signing Mr. Ranjith Pandithage stated “We are proud to partner with an institution such as the University of Moratuwa. Their research findings will undoubtedly enable DIMO to design timely, relevant and practical courses at the Driving and Technical Institute to international standards”.

Mr. A.L.J. Sadique (Registrar), Dr. T. Sivakumar (Head, Dept. of Transport & Logistics Management), Professor Rahula Attalage, Mr. S.N. Bentotage, Dr. Himan Punchihewa and Mr. Ranil Sugathadasa represented the University while Mr. Suresh Gooneratne (Director-DIMO), Mr. Ananda Mapalagama (GM-DIMO), Mr. Donald De Silva (DIMO Automobile Training School Manager) and Mr. Prabodha Silva (Business Development Manager-DIMO) represented DIMO at the signing.

DIMO has been adding value to the world’s best engineered brands in Sri Lanka since 1939. World class brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Osram, Siemens, Bosch, Komatsu, MTU, Michelin and TATA to name a few have kept their trust in DIMO for several decades to take their brands forward in Sri Lanka.

DIMO partners Deyata Kirula and a series of illustrious exhibitions

March 7, 2012

DIMO partnered the Deyata Kirula 2012 Exhibition as the Automobile sponsor, which was held from 4th February to 12th February at Oyamaduwa, Anuradhapura. DIMO displayed their world’s best engineered brands at the exhibition in an attractive stall spanning approximately 4000 square feet. The DIMO stall was placed prominently near the main entrance, next to Ministry of Airport and Aviation and opposite Special Task Force. The general public was able to witness the latest range of TATA Commercial Vehicles, TATA Passenger Cars, Mahindra Tractors, Claas Combine Harvesters, Osram lights, MRF tyres and TATA Commercial Genuine spares.

The DIMO stall displayed the latest “DIMO Batti” which was launched recently, which caught the attention of many visitors from rural areas. The new range of colorful TATA Nano cars was also on display. In addition, on a special request from the Ministry of Sports, DIMO supplied two brand new TATA Winger Air-conditioned Vans to transport VIP’s within the exhibition premises from 2nd to 12th of February 2012. Hence, apart from being the Automobile sponsor of the exhibition, DIMO was also the sole sponsor of VIP Transportation at the exhibition. The entire event was a great success with DIMO receiving more than 250 TATA product related inquiries from the exhibition.

Deyata Kirula sponsorship concluded a series of illustrious sponsorships that DIMO undertook during the 2011/2012 financial year.

DIMO was the main sponsor of the Jaffna International Trade Fair 2012 (JITF) which was held at the Thurayappah Stadium from 20th to 22nd of January 2012. This exhibition was organized for the third consecutive year and is the largest exhibition that is held in Jaffna every year. DIMO displayed their world class brand portfolio at this exhibition including Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda inaugurated the trade fair and with the participation of Mayor Yogeswari Patkunarajah, Government Agent Imelda Sukumar, FCCISL President Kumara Mallimaratchi and Council General of India V. Mahalingam.

DIMO was the main sponsor of the Murunkan-Mannar 2011 – Agriculture, Livestock Technology and Machinery Exhibition which was held from 12-13th November 2011 and organized by Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Mannar District Chamber of Commerce and Ministry of Industry and Commerce. The entire event was supported by European Union and Oxfam. Mannar Agriculture, Livestock, Technology and Machinery Exhibition is the first such event to be hosted in Mannar, providing a unique platform to the farming community in the district to explore new opportunities available to advance their traditional agriculture and animal rearing practices.

DIMO participated at the Batticaloa International Trade Exhibition 2011 (BITE) as the Main Sponsor, which was held from 7th-9th October 2011 at the Weber Stadium Batticaloa. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa opened the Trade Exhibition while the event was organized by Lanka Exhibitions and Conference Services, in partnership with the Batticaloa District Chamber of Commerce under the guidance of the National Enterprise Development Authority, an arm of the Ministry of Trade and Commerce with the objective of further improving the living standards of the people in the district by introducing modern technology.

DIMO co sponsored the first ever grand scale exhibition to happen in Trincomalee after the liberation of the North – East Expo 2011, which was held from 23rd-25th September 2011 at the McHeyzer Stadium and the adjoining grounds. Hon. Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Economic Development declared open the exhibition and it was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Industries and Fisheries of the Northern Province. This event was very important for DIMO, since plans are already underway to open a branch in Trincomalee by mid of 2012.

DIMO identifies these key events as important engagement points to create brand awareness, promote products and solutions and to study the needs of different customers to customize packaged solutions. Such events allow DIMO to get closer to the rural masses and create the first impression about the organization, which is very important considering the vast portfolio of world class brands that DIMO have to offer. Moreover these active participations enable DIMO with their ongoing network expansion plans by establishing positive public acceptance in rural areas.