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DIMO delivers the first brand new Mercedes-Benz Actros to LAUGFS Gas

June 28, 2012

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) recently sold the first two vehicles of the latest Mercedes-Benz Actros Prime Mover to LAUGFS Gas PLC. The Mercedes-Benz Actros is a heavy duty truck initially introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1995. It is used around the world for long-distance haulage and heavy duty distribution haulage by some of the largest organizations. This is proven to be a strong heavy vehicle with the ability to deliver the lowest operational costs (cost per kilometer) especially on heavy haulage.

LAUGFS Gas PLC is a public quoted company, synonymous for LPG gas distribution around the country. LAUGFS Gas has grown from strength to strength touching lives of Sri Lankans as a subsidiary of LAUGFS Holdings. One of their key strategies is to reinforce their position as a leader in the LPG distribution. In doing so, they identified their need to strengthen their fleet of heavy commercial vehicles to cater to the growing consumer needs around the island. They sought a vehicle which could pull extra heavy loads across long distances at the lowest operating costs with almost zero off-road time. And their final choice after comparing all alternatives was for brand new Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks from the authorized agent, DIMO.

Chairman of LAUGFS Gas, Mr. Wegapitiya commented, “Mercedes-Benz is the greatest brand that has shown good standards in both product quality and safety features when it comes to delivery of what it is made for. At LAUGFS we believe that by acquiring its latest prime mover ACTROS 2636 would add more quality and safety to our existing LPG delivery chain. I am sure these custom made machines will bring a smile to all our stake holders”.

Mercedes-Benz trucks traditionally have been trailblazers in the area of safety. The Safety Truck Mercedes-Benz Actros combines all currently available assistance and safety systems. With ‘Active Brake Assist’ the Safety Truck autonomously initiates emergency braking if a collision with a vehicle traveling ahead appears unavoidable. According to expert opinion, the Safety Truck from Mercedes-Benz is the safest truck in the world at present and Mercedes-Benz is the only brand that offers trucks with a system such as the Active Brake Assist.

Also commenting Mr. Thilak De Silva, Managing Director of LAUGFS Gas said, “We consider this as an important day for both companies where we all work to achieve one common goal that is quality and safety.  We believe that acquisition of these two ACTROS 2636 – high tech prime movers, which have been custom built to meet our requirement would strengthen our LPG down-stream operations.”

Mercedes-Benz Trucks are well-positioned where environmental protection is concerned: diesel engines from Daimler have become efficient, low-emission, high-tech power plants through continuous development. The brand with the star is a trustworthy partner to customers and business partners. With “Trucks you can trust” Mercedes-Benz Trucks stands for highest quality and reliability, especially when it comes to long haulage and heavy haulage.

DIMO is the authorized distributor for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Sri Lanka, with the relationship between Daimler AG and DIMO spanning more than 7 decades. In addition, DIMO will provide you with 24 Road Side Assistance with its renowned after sales services and the Mercedes-Benz warranty for every new purchase. DIMO boasts of a fully fledged modern workshop for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Colombo and a modern state-of-the-art workshop facility in Siymabalape for commercial vehicles.

Richard Hall, Representative  – Mercedes-Benz  Commercial Vehicles, Gahanath Pandithage, CEO  – DIMO, W.K.H. Wegapitiya, Chairman – LAUGFS Holdings, Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman  –  DIMO, Thilak De Silva, Managing Director –  LAUGFS Gas and Roshani Dharmaratne, GM –  Mercedes-Benz Sales and Parts – DIMO were present to grace the occasion.



DIMO Automobile Training School (DATS) Graduation

June 26, 2012

DIMO Automobile Training School (DATS) Graduation

The graduation ceremony of the DATS was recently held at the Cinnamon Lakeside on 28th May 2012. This included graduation of students from both Colombo and Jaffna training schools. The guest of honor was Her Excellency Marja Einig (Chargé d’ Affaires – Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany). Mercedes-Benz was represented by Manager, Vocational Policies and Workforce Development in Stuttgart – Mr. Bernd Weisschuh. DIMO was represented by Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman and Managing Director), Mr. Gahanath Pandithage (CEO), Mr. Donald De Silva (Head of DATS), the board of directors and the general management committee of DIMO. Parents and well wishers of graduating students too were present at the occasion.
DATS is a state-of-the-art automobile training school managed by Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) under the guidance of Daimler AG, Germany. This one-of-a-kind privately owned institute where the curriculum is set by Mercedes-Benz, where the students are exposed to the most modern automobile technologies in the world.
DATS offers students a professional learning atmosphere with industry standard equipment and qualified lecturers, which provides budding automotive enthusiasts the perfect foundation for an aspiring career in the field of automotive engineering.
DATS is located at Siyambalape where the commercial vehicle and construction machinery service facility of DIMO is located. DATS started in 1990 and undertakes 16 trainees per batch, to undergo a two-year training course; absolutely free. With a history of more than 2 decades behind them, DATS has produced 230 graduates. The training school staff comprises of 6 lecturers, including the principal.
DATS training facilities include latest E-Class and B-Class cars for practical study and an e-learning center. This project is considered as a CSR initiative by DIMO, where talented young men and women are given the opportunity to follow the advanced studies in automobile engineering – absolutely free.
DIMO created history by being the first automobile company to establish itself in Jaffna following the ending of the separatist war, and moreover became the only company to setup a training school in post-war Jaffna in 2010. This was developed as an extension of the Colombo DATS School. Sixteen Tamil youth were selected from Jaffna for this training, some who were directly exposed to the war. The first batch of Jaffna DATS passed out at the graduation ceremony at Cinnamon Lakeside. Jaffna DATS School has 3 lecturers, including the principal.
These training courses are registered with TVEC and are recognized as NVQ Level 4. Successful students receive a DIMO Mercedes-Benz certificate at the end of each course, recognized by all leading automobile related organizations.

Foundation Stone was laid for TATA 360 Towers

June 25, 2012

The Excavation for the Foundation and the Laying of the Foundation Stone for the TATA 360 Towers was held yesterday under the patronage of Mr. Ranjith Pandithage.
This special occasion was graced by Mr. Gahanath Pandithage, Mr. Ajit Algama, Mr. Channa Weerawardane, Mr. Gladwin Peries, Mr. Sarath Algama, Mr. Suresh Gooneratne, Mr. Vijitha Bandara, Mr. Yasantha Wijesekera, Mr. Ananda Mapalagama, Mr. Mahesh Karunaratne, Mr. Dihan Eriyagama, Mr. Arup Baruah and the GMC members of DIMO.
TATA 360 Towers will be build at No. 360, Madampitiya Road, Colombo 15.