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Lewis Hamilton masters rain hit Monaco

May 30, 2016


The Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco started behind the safety car in wet conditions, but was run mainly in glorious sunshine with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton narrowly defeating Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after an epic battle around the streets of Monte Carlo on Sunday.

With victory in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton became the 15th driver to win more than once on the tricky street course.

Hamilton had gone eight races without a win, but his victory on Sunday means he maintains his incredible record of having never gone more than 10 races in his F1 career without a win. It also continues his remarkable streak of having won at least one Grand Prix in every season in which he has raced. Monaco was the 87th race that Hamilton has led in his F1 career, taking him past his hero Ayrton Senna for second on the all-time list.

Only Michael Schumacher (142) has led more races than the Briton



DIMO Showcases Mercedes-Benz Centre

May 25, 2016

DIMO Showcases Mercedes-Benz Centre

Hosts German Government Delegation Headed By Hon. Uwe Beckmeyer

Sri Lanka welcomed Hon. Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, and his delegation comprising of over 30 Heads of Global Businesses that hails from Germany at a grand event held at DIMO 800 recently. Hon. Beckmeyer met His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential residence. This visit is a follow up to the official visit of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena to Germany and symbolizes the growing bilateral ties between the two countries.


The two countries share some interesting facts on the history of Germany’s influence on business through the years in Sri Lanka.The first German firm to be established here was Freudenberg & Company in 1873 by Phillip Freudenberg. Initially, they exported coffee from Ceylon, as our country was known at that time. Gradually they ventured into banking, shipping & insurance. By 1876, the magnitude of German business was such that the German Empire appointed Mr. Freudenberg as the Counsel-General for Germany in Ceylon. With the advent of World War I in 1914, this company was closed down, along with many other German-based companies as “Enemy properties”. At that time, Freudenberg represented Robert Bosch, Adam Opel, Mercedes-Benz & Siemens-Schuckert to name a few. In 1918, after the war ended, they resumed business. In 1931, floods affected their establishment & Mr. F.K Heller, an employee of Freudenberg, opened a new business called F.K. Heller & Company to represent German organisations. In 1932, Mr. Heller introduced what was considered the very first diesel trucks to Sri Lanka. In 1939, during the World War II, Mr. Heller was imprisoned as an enemy of the state & his company was closed down. Subsequently, four ambitious employees of Mr. Heller’s, Messrs Stephen Peries, Pandithage Don Alexander, Cyril Algama and Harold Algama, started their own company called Diesel & Motor Engineer


Hon Uwe Beckmeyer & German Delegation hosted at DIMO 800

May 19, 2016

Sri Lanka welcomed Hon Uwe Beckmeyer (Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy) and his delegation from Germany on  16th May 2016 at a Grand event held at DIMO 800. Hon Karu Jayasuriya (Speaker of the House), Hon Ravi Karunanayake (Minister of Finance), Hon Arjuna Ranatunga (Minister of Ports), the German Ambassador and his Embassy Staff, Heads of companies representing German brands, Mr & Mrs Ranjith Pandithage, Mr Gahanath Pandithage, Mr Channa Weerawardena, Mr Suresh Gooneratne, Mr Sarath Algama, Mr Vijitha Bandara, Mr Wijith Pushpawela, Mr Chaminda Ranawana and senior members of the DIMO tribe took part at the event. The event was organized by the German Embassy in Sri Lanka – and held at DIMO 800 on the invitation of Mr Ranjith Pandithage. Mr Prabodha Silva compeered the event. DIMO is proud and privileged to have hosted an event of this magnitude and importance.