By Hiran H. Senewiratne
Michelin Sri Lanka, formerly Camso Loadstar, market leader in solid tyres, air tires and tracks for export, plans to invest in Sri Lanka’s largest tire warehouse, named Export Greenfield.
“Michelin’s establishment in Sri Lanka reaffirms people’s trust in it. Its specialty products in the country are solid tires, air tires and tracks. Therefore, with the expansion of the local market, the group plans to invest in this largest warehouse in the country soon, its corporate social responsibility (CSR) manager, Sumedha Ruwankumara, told The Island Financial Review recently.
“The total investment for the project cannot be disclosed but it is a big investment for the country in this crisis situation that we are experiencing,” he said.
Ruwankumara added: “The Michelin Group is committed to supporting business continuity, supporting staff and the community with CSR. We truly believe in the spirit of Sri Lankans and the diversity of skills and products is an asset to our global network.
“Beyond this success story in a context of crisis in the country, the company has undertaken to sponsor a major corporate CSR project. This was jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Colombo South and the Rotary Club of Kandana-Jaela. They donated more than 200 glasses and 25 packets of dry rations to needy people in affected areas.
“The company has a long history of carrying out valuable CSR projects towards the community. We have a strong connection with the community around our facilities. The Michelin Group is committed to supporting business continuity, supporting employees and the community.
“The distribution of donations was done at Kudahakapola Temple in Ekala, where the company contributed over one million rupees towards the whole project.
“We have continued our CSR commitment through all crises, such as the worst Covid-19 years,
“We are also committed to providing employment opportunities by hiring people in key skill positions within our company as well as seeking a wider range of skills, such as engineering, manufacturing and IT services. at all levels of education.
“Some CSR projects we have done so far are; improving community parks for children, donating essential items to pregnant women, donating vegetable and plant seeds, repairing roads, eye clinics and weekly meals for nursing homes/orphanages.
The president of the Rotary Club of Colombo South, MP Ganeshwaran, and the president of the Rotary Club of Kandana-Jaela, Ishanth Sameera, coordinated the aid distribution project.