Re-Imagining Construction in Sri Lanka with Fischer

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), one of Sri Lanka’s leading diversified companies, together with Fischer, the globally renowned fixing solutions company, recently conducted a product portfolio re-introduction and knowledge sharing session with Sri Lanka’s top construction industry companies.

Having tied up with German manufacturing giant Fischer Group of Companies, DIMO has been marketing Fischer products in Sri Lanka for over 15 years. Fischer fixings products are globally renowned to be the specialist for safe and economic fixings and connections on a building site and have become one of the market leaders over the last six decades. With its headquarters in the Black Forest in Germany, Fischer Group of Companies has expanded to become a global giant with 40 subsidiaries in 30 countries across 4 continents. The company includes 4 business divisions – Fischer Fixing Systems, Fischer Automotive Systems, Fischer Consulting and Fischertechnik. With a share of sales of around 75%, Fixing Systems are the biggest division in the Fischer Group. Fischer holds the highest number of construction approval certificates in the whole of Europe.

Addressing the audience, Mr. Ranjith Pandithage Chairman & Managing Director DIMO stated, “I am thrilled to see so many top professionals from the Construction industry here to grace this occasion. When you look at the DIMO product portfolio, you will realise that we represent world-class products to give Sri Lankans the best of the best. We not only give the best, we look after the best very well. We get our top class professionals to look after the products we market. With the development in the country and all the progress in the Construction industry, we feel that Fischer will continue to be a very important partner in our journey.”

Two representatives from Fischer, Andreas Jester – Export Manager and Constantin Wiegert – Product & Marketing Manager for Passive Fire Protection Systems, explained to the audience about the Anchoring and Fire Protection Systems products offered by Fischer. The two German experts elaborated on how these Fischer products can help boost the Construction industry in Sri Lanka.

After the product presentations, the attention shifted to an informative panel discussion that included leading professionals in the Construction industry in Sri Lanka Eng. Wijith Pushpawela – Executive Director of DIMO, Eng. Ananda Senarath – Director of Stems Consultants (Pte) Ltd. and Eng. S.A.Karunaratne – Managing Director of Stems Consultants (Pte) Ltd., together with the two Fischer representatives. The panel discussion was moderated by Eng. Samitha Jayakody Director – Architectural & Buildings of RDC (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Wijith Pushpawela commented, “The construction industry contributes 7% GDP of the country. DIMO is well positioned to cater to this industry and ready to take on any challenges. From the point of earthwork onwards, we have solutions for the construction industry – earthmoving machines, construction equipment, readymix plants, trucks and scaffolding with new technology. We always bring in new technology to the industry, whichever industry we are in. When it comes to services of a building, we do almost everything in a building starting from power, medium voltage to low voltage, entire external voltage system, CCTV access control and many others. All our products and services are backed by world-renowned brands. When it comes to Fischer products, FireStop is widely used in Sri Lanka in all high rise buildings while Anchoring and Fixing solutions are also widely used in the construction industry now. At DIMO, we are not only selling products, we sell solutions. Our products are backed by application specialists who train users on how to use them properly. We are capable of providing solutions to any complex project. Currently, we are one of the largest players involved in the country’s single largest investment project – the Waterfront Project.”

During the discussion, that also included a Q&A session with the audience, the 3 local panelists shared their insights and observations about the construction industry while the 2 German panelists further educated the gathering on how Fischer products can help to re-imagine the Construction industry in Sri Lanka.

The Fischer Fixing Systems product range varies from chemical systems to steel anchors to nylon plugs. Fischer offers the perfect fixing for every fixing-problem, whether it’s heavy duty fixing for the professional or do-it-yourselfer (DIY Range). The product portfolio includes over 14,000 articles including innovative facade fixings, an extensive screw assortment, special assortment for thermal insulation composite systems, and a wide range of sanitary, heating and electric systems, adhesives, sealants, foams or drillers and bits. Fischer products are widely used in many of the benchmark construction projects transforming the skyline of Colombo including Cinnamon Life, ITC Colombo One, Capitol Twin Peaks, 447 Luna Tower, Havelock City Phase 4 & 5, Altair and also the new Defence Headquarters.

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