On 22nd February 2017, 72 employees of NLPL who achieved the best attendance in the year 2016 were appreciated and presented with certificates and the awards. The ceremony was held at the factory premises under the patronage of the Deputy Chairman/Managing Director and Board of Directors in the presence all employees.
On 18th February 2017, 16 members from Chuubu Association of Corporate Executives of Japan visited NLPL. The delegation was received by the Deputy Chairman / Managing Director and subsequently they were accompanied for a factory visit by the Top Management in order to see the production process.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Limited entered the New Year on a winning note by being awarded the National Quality Award in the Large Manufacturing Category at the National Quality Awards at the Colombo Hilton recently.
Noritake’s Senior Director T.C Tennakoon and Technical Director Mr. Y. Ando received the award from H.E. President Maithripala Sirisena.
Minister of Technology and Research Hon. Susil Premajayantha and State Minister of Science, Technology and Research Hon. Lakshman Senevirathna were also present at the ceremony.
“Last year was a very good year and we’re thus doubly happy to continue our winning streak into this year too”, said an elated Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd (NLPL) Yoshinari Shimaya. “We are constantly humbled by the continued support and confidence placed in us by our ever-growing customer base both locally and overseas. Spurred on by our laurels, we always endeavour to out-do ourselves. This is a new year and the targets ahead are very challenging. We’re rejuvenated and motivated and look forward to taking them head on”, he said.
“This National Quality Award is once again yet another endorsement of the excellence of our product and our performance. This is also a shared honour and credit thus goes to every member of the Noritake family in Sri Lanka spread across our Matale factory, Pannala, our main showroom in Colombo 07 and at our other showrooms in Wattala, Matale, Odel and Pepiliyana”, Shimaya added.
Established in 1972 as a joint venture company between the Ceylon Ceramic Corporation and the one hundred year old Noritake Co., Limited of Japan, NLPL today enjoys iconic status as Sri Lanka’s pioneer porcelain tableware manufacturing company. The Company’s production facility is located in Matale where rich minerals such as quartz, feldspar and dolomite deposits are located.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) limited currently exports more than 6 million pieces of porcelain ware valued at over Rs. 2,500 Mn. They are marketed in 100 countries across all five continents. NLPL is the major supplier of porcelain ware to leading hotels in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka National Quality Awards (SLNQA) is a national level award which annually recognises organisations for Performance Excellence. Applications are called annually and the organisations applying are assessed against well-defined criteria in the final selection process.
The award is based upon performance excellence criteria created through a public-private partnership. The criteria used are similar to the criteria used for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality award in USA. Leadership, strategy, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce, operations and overall results are evaluated in the SLNQA when considering the performance excellence by the respective applicants.
NLPL staff participated in religious activities at the commencement of factory operations for the New Year 2017. Buddhist and Christian Religious activities taken place at the factory premises with the participation of management and all employees in order to obtain the blessing for a successful factory operation and for a work and life balance of NLPL family.
On 24th December 2016, NLPL singing star competition was held with the participation of 36 contestants. The event was held under the patronage of the Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director and the Board of Directors at Mahathma Dhnadhi Hall, Matale. All employees of NLPL witness this grand event organized by the HRD department to celebrate the year ending 2016. Following are the winners of the competition and they were awarded with certificates, Trophies and valuable prizes. Other singers including the dancing group were awarded with tokens of appreciation for their valuable participation.
2nd Place and Most Popular Singer – Mr. Nimal Jayalath
3rd Place - Mrs Priyangika Jayasena
Two Japanese Managers working at NLPL Mr. Y Oshika and Mr. K Takama sang Sinhalese songs and awarded with prizes for their outstanding performances.
The popular music Band “Marimba” provided the music and veteran Musician Mr. Bandu. S. Kannagara headed the judge panel of judges.
NLPL secured three awards in the 2016 Business Excellence Awards ceremony as follows.
a. Excellence in Global Market Reach – Gold Award
b. Manufacturing – Chemical, Ceramic and Glass Sector – Gold Award
c. Large and Extra Large Category – Silver Award
The awards were received by the Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director and the Board of Directors in the ceremony held at Colombo Hilton on 30th November 2016, under the patronage of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy.
0n 09th December 2016, 20 delegates from Pakistan Hockey Team accompanied by a liaison team of SL Army visited NLPL. They were received by NLPL officials and subsequently they had a factory tour in order to see the production process. The delegation was given away with momentous, for them to cherish their memory on factory visit. The Pakistan Army Hockey team has come to Matale to play a Hockey Match at Edward Park Grounds and the Army has organized a number of visits in this nature in view of paying the highest sincerity and courtesy as a well-known hospitality nation.
On 05th December 2016, His Royal Highness Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, the Crown Prince of the State of Perlis in Malaysia, who is the Chancellor of the University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) together with 35 UniMAP Officials and UniMAP Student Council Representatives, visited NLPL.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was accompanied by His Excellency Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah, High Commissioner of Malaysia and his spouse. The delegation was received by the Deputy Chairman / Managing Director and Board of Directors of NLPL and subsequently they visited the factory in order to see the production process.
This Range Marked The Third Edition Of The ‘Masterpiece Collection’ Which Was Launched For The Second Time In The World And The Very First Time In South Asia Outside Japan. The Chief Guest For The Evening Was Kenichi Suganuma The Ambassador Of Japan And Mrs Suganuma. The Event's Theme Had Embraced The Japanese Symbol Of The “Houoh’, The Mythological Dragon.
All Figurines Had Been Designed And Developed At Noritake's Craft Centre In Nagoya, Japan With Extra Care And Precision.These Include Aurora, Jumping House, Owl, Panima, Turandot, Salome, Traviatta And Deliliah. Kagami Crystal Co., Ltd. Established By Kozo Kagami, Opened Japan's First Crystal Glass Factory In 1934. Since Its Foundation Over Eighty Years Ago, The Company Has Developed Advanced Glass-Making Skills And Techniques, Including Hand Glassblowing, Manual Cutting And Engraving, To Fashion Its Range Of Original And High-Quality Glass Products. The Products Were Widely Used On Official Occasions, Such As Receptions For State Guests And Foreign Dignitaries At The State Guesthouse, As Well As Japanese Embassies And Consulates Around The World.
The Company Has Repeatedly Received Special Commissions From The Imperial Family. It Is Regarded As Japan's Leading Supplier Of Superior Glassware
On 2016-11-13, a group of volunteers representing NLPL management and employees participated in a tree planting project at Midland Estate, Rattota Matale. This activity witnessed a representation of the community, institutions, schools and community service organizations. This event was organized by a nature loving organization “Reforest Sri Lanka”. 2160 Indigenous trees were planted covering a land area of 2 Hectares. It was a proud moment for NLPL as we have set our goals towards embracing “Green Concept”. This event set a great example that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. NLPL is scheduled to expand this project by planting another 2 Hectares at the same location.
An art completion organized by NLPL for the employee’s children was held at the factory premises on 29th October 2016. Around 100 children belong to various age groups were participated in the competition under the topic “Good health, safety and environment practices for a healthy and successful life”. The competition was conducted under the patronage of Board of Directors with the guidance of professional art teacher Mr. Mahinda Meeriyagalla, who personally present with the children throughout the event. Children showed a great enthusiasm in displaying their talents. The programme commenced with an introductory lecture given by Mr. Meeriyagalla about the value of arts. Further, he educated the children on basic concepts in drawing and general rules applicable to this competition. All facilities required for drawings were provided by the company and the children were allowed to take away with them the water colors and pastel they used, as a gift. Participants were provided with snacks and refreshment during the event. Subsequent to the Art competition all the children were given an opportunity to visit the factory and see how their parents are working. Results will be announced in due course and valuable prizes helpful for their studies will be awarded for the winners.
The Management of NLPL opened doors to fifteen (15) students of K/Senkadagala School for Deaf and Blind, Dodamwela, Kandy to receive scholarships from the Noritake Scholarship Foundation AKAHANE FUND.
The AKAHANE FUND was established to provide financial assistance to differently-abled students in low income families. Initially scholarships were awarded to children studying at assigned special units of Matale District Schools.
The scholarship distribution took place at the school premises of K/Senkadagala School for Deaf and Blind on 19th October 2016 under the patronage of NLPL Director/General Manager Mrs. Sujatha Egodagedara. The students staged a verity entertainment session to show their talents during the event. General Manager – School Administrative Board, Mr. Dharmarathna Banda was also present at this occasion. The ceremony was organized under the guidance and instructions of Principal Mrs. A.W.K.Kumuduni Aberuwan.
On 13th October 2016 staff of Pannala Factory assisted in distinguishing a fire occurred at a paddy field situated near the factory. On receiving the information, the well trained fire fighting team of the factory voluntarily joined the villagers to distingush the fire using fire hose and other equipment. This distingushed conduct of Noritake Staff was highly commended by the Pannala Divisional Secratariat and the villagers. NLPL management appriciate the timely and prompt action taken by the staff and the job well done.
On 11th October 2016, The President of Noritake Co., Limited Mr.T. Ogura resides in Japan visited the factory. The Director and Managing Executive Officer and Group General Manager of corporate Administration Group Mr. H.Kato and representatives from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi also joined him for the visit. The delegation visited the factory to see the progress of manufacturing process and subsequently Mr. Ogura and Mr. Kato addressed the Senior Management of NLPL. Various Departmental Heads presented the progress of their departments and relevant details to the President during the visit.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Limited has been one of the proud main sponsor for the 45th AGM of CHSGA held in SHANGRI – LA , Hambanthota from 23 rd to 25 th September 2O16.Last year also NLPL was one of the main sponsor for the 44th AGM of CHSGA held at Aliya Resorts & Spa – Sigiriya. Most of the senior hoteliers representing many areas of the island have participated to this gala event. NLPL would like to wish & congratulate to CHSGA office bearers & members, for the services rendering for uplifting the Tourism & Hospitality Industry throughout the past & years ahead.
On 05th October 2016, all employees of NLPL commemorate the NLPL’s 43rd anniversary. It was a simple ceremony held at the factory premises in the morning. All employees were welcome and given a piece of cake by the Board of Directors on their arrival to the factory. Subsequently a religious ceremony was held with the participation of everybody in order to obtain blessings of Noble Triple Gem for the factory’s future and the lives of all employees.
NLPL secured three Gold awards in the 24th NCE Awards Ceremony held on 30th September 2016, as follows.
a.Ceramic and Porcelain Products Sub Sector Extra Large Category
b. Industry Sector
c. Best Value Added exporter, Products Sector
The event was organized by the National Chamber of Exporters. The awards were received by the Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director and the Director of NLPL in the ceremony held at Hilton Hotel, Colombo, under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Finance Mr. Ravi Karunanayaka and Hon. Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Mr.Eran Wickramarathne.
On the Sunday 04th September 2016, employees of NLPL participated religious activities at
Ruwam Weli Maha Saya and Jaya Sri Maha BhodIya at Anuradhapura. Around 500 employees from various departments along with their family members attended this occasion. They offered a “Kapruck” to Ruwan Weli Maha Saya and subsequently had a bhodi pooja at Jaya Sri Maha Bhodiya. All offerings were done with the help of generous contribution from employees at NLPL wishing the success to the company and to their personal lives.
On 01st September 2016, all employees of NLPL participated in a religious activity before commencement of their daily work. An arahant’s tooth relic was displayed at Buddha statue area at NLPL premises, and all employees worship the tooth relic offering white flowers. Venerable Aththaragama Pannalankara Thero organized the event in liaison with NLPL management.
NLPL BRANDED TABLEWARE DISPLAY AT COLOMBO DEFENSE SEMINAR
The 06th International forum for experts, Colombo Defense Seminar 2016 was held at BMICH on 01st and 02nd September 2016. Noritake Lanka porcelain (pvt) Ltd received special invitation to display Noritake branded table ware at the event.
On 27th August 2016, a workshop/ Training program was conducted for the participants of NLPL Singing Star Competition in order to improve their singing skills and performances. The program was conducted by Mr.Bandu Kannangara a renowned musician and the leader of the popular music band “Marimba” and Mr. Wijesena Kodippipli, a professional musician.
NLPL secured three awards in the 2016 Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) Awards in the Extra Large Category (Manufacturing Sector) as follows.
a. Silver Award, National Level
b. Gold Award, Provincial Level
c. Top Ten Award
The awards were received by the Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director and the Director of NLPL in the ceremony held at Galadari Hotel, Colombo on 18th August 2016, under the patronage of Hon. Minister of Primary Industries, Mr. Daya Gamage and Hon. Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, Mr. Chandima Weerakkody.
NLPL secured four awards in the 2016 Presidential Export Awards in the Mineral and Ceramic based product sector as follows.
a. Highest foreign exchange earner in 2014
b. Highest value added exporter in 2014
c. Highest foreign exchange earner in 2015
d. Highest value added exporter in 2015
The awards were received by the Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director and the Board of Directors in the ceremony held at BMICH, on 09th August 2016, under the patronage of his Excellency the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
NLPL participated in the Wedding Show held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre, Colombo from 15th to 17th July 2016.
The stall especially focused on to the “Bridal Gift Registry” of Noritake. A large attraction to the NLPL stall was observed during the show.
On 31st July 2016, Drivers attached to NLPL participated in a full day training programme on Defensive Driving at the factory premises. Mr. W. A Weeratunga, a renowned trainer in Sri Lanka, conducted the programme. Drivers could enhance their theoretical and practical knowledge on defensive driving with the help of this training session.
On 27th July 2016, the Sammu City, Sri Lankan Delegation of 2020 Tokyo Olympic visited NLPL. From 2015 to 2020 this type of activities are organized. Sri Lankan delegation also has visited Sammu City.The team visited NLPL consists of Senior and Junior Japanese High School Children and the visit is organized by the ministry of sports.
On 27th July 2016, NLPL conducted the positive thinking/Motivational training program “Jaya Labannata Nam” for the benefit of students at Nugawela Central College. Around 300 students of various age groups participated in the event. This CSR activity received a very positive response from all participants including the staff.
On 26th July 2016, a team from Suba Lanka Association, Japan visited NLPL. It is a Non-Profit Organization engaged in various social welfare activities in Japan and Sri Lanka. At present they are in the process of helping Sri Lankan farmers for the cultivation of Organic Tea. In addition they make the donations for rural schools in Sri Lanka. In Japan they organize Sinhala language seminars and various other activities. The team visited Sri Lanka for the eight consecutive times and NLPL for the first time.
NLPL participated in the hotel show held in BMICH from 22nd to 24th July 2016.
Noritake was the only Porcelain crockery manufacturer taken part in the exhibition & since the confidence & Trust customers have in mind about Noritake due to the very reason of continues presence for over 4 decades, it has become the most traffic area of hoteliers all over the island.
Specially in this exhibition is, first time, NLPL have displayed the Colour Wave Range consists of 1O Pastel Colours & Cutlery ranges
Moreover, NLPL launched New Culinary Art series with Porcelain inserters to chaffing dishes .Now, it is going to be a Total Table Top solution provider to HR sector & notable factor is all are coming under Noritake Brand.
On the evening of the 12th of July, 2016, Noritake Lanka Porcelain proudly unveiled its latest range of fine porcelain, bone china, stoneware and cutlery at the Hilton Colombo.
The theme of the evening revolved around the Nil Manel – the blue lotus - which symbolises many of the aspects that are shared by the creed of Noritake, such as “Harmonious Co-existence”, “Mutual prosperity”, “Social contribution”, “Trust first” and “Cooperation with integrity”…
The invitations encompassed the synergy between Japan and Sri Lanka, utilising the Japanese art of paper folding – origami – to create the blue lotus. The evening commenced with a scintillating lotus dance which was followed by a welcome address by the Chairman of Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Limited, Mr. Y. Mubachi.
A striking video presentation led guests through Noritake’s journey of global success that began over a century ago. The launch of five ranges of fine porcelain ware, stone ware, bone china and cutlery showcased a foretaste of the exquisite craftsmanship and quality that has become the standard of perfection now and in the future.
The five ranges launched are:
NLPL’s latest introduction of its fine porcelain ware Cher Blanc range for Hotels & Restaurants has unprecedented durability. Cher Blanc is a light, thin, highly translucent, fine porcelain that is bright, pure white with a high-gloss glaze that is perfect for all occasions.
GRANDIR has a simple yet elegant form which brings out the beauty of the porcelain. The word “GRANDIR” means “grow” and “Enhance’ In French. The elegant and refined design inspires culinary creativity. Made from light, fine premium porcelain, which is thin, yet durable, the GRANDIR line is translucent white. GRANDIR offers stylish presentations for meals and are perfect for any style of cuisine.
Noritake Culinary White
Noritake’s range of supreme white hotel ware has become the uncontested choice for 5-star, resort class and luxury boutique hotels in Sri Lanka and across the world. They are chip resistant, thermal proof, resistant to cutlery marks, long-lasting and high-density porcelain dinner ware.
Add a splash of style to your tabletop with the ultra-modern Noritake Colorwave Dinnerware. With a creamy glaze interior, and a matte exterior, the simple but chic dinnerware is made from durable stoneware and is perfect to brighten your table on any occasion.
Noritake's Rochefort is a contemporary cutlery range forged from the highest quality 18/10 stainless steel it features beautiful mirrored surfaces, a wonderful fluidity of design and the perfect combination of weight and balance. Stylish and modern Rochefort has a timeless quality that will add grace to any dining table.
The vote of thanks was given by Director/General Manager Ms. Sujatha Egodagedera and soon after a raffle draw was held with the giving away of valuable prizes for three lucky guests at the event.
Guests were treated to exquisitely laid displays and an evening with well-choreographed dance entertainment, with fellowship and cocktails.
On 17th July 2016, 20 members from NLPL 70’s batch visited the factory in order to see the latest developments and to memorize about their past experience with the company. They were welcome by the Top Management and accompanied for a factory visit. A session of interaction taken place along with the lunch and they were departed with happy memories at NLPL.
On 12th July 2016, The Chairman of the NLPL Mr. Yoshitaka Mabuchi who resides in Japan visited the factory. At the outset he addressed the Senior Management of NLPL and subsequently visited the factory to see the progress of manufacturing process. Various Departmental Heads presented their progress and relevant details to the Chairman during the visit. At the end of the programme a special summing up meeting was conducted under the patronage of the Chairman.
On 25th June 2016, Indian High Commissioner his Excellency Y.K Sinha and Mrs. Sinha paid an informal visit to NLPL in order to witness the Manufacturing process. They were received by the Top Management and accompanied for the factory visit.
On 25th June 2016, Indian High Commissioner his Excellency Y.K Sinha and Mrs. Sinha paid an informal visit to NLPL in order to witness the Manufacturing process. They were received by the Top Management and accompanied for the factory visit.
On 25th June 2016, a team from Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC visited NLPL in order to share the knowledge and to have an exposure to the various administrative, manufacturing and quality management procedures practiced at the factory. The team participated in a lengthy factory tour and subsequently witnessed a presentation on Small Group Activities, conducted at NLPL under Monozukuri Concept. A special discussion forum conducted at the end of the programme under the patronage of top Management from both companies and discussed the matters of mutual interest relevant to the porcelain industry. The team members were provided with the opportunity to meet and exchange their views and ideas with their counterparts at NLPL.
On 23rd June 2016, NLPL conducted the positive thinking/ Motivational training programme “Jaya Labannata Nam” for the benefit of students at St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy. Around 500 students from G.C.E O/L and A/L classes participated in the event. This CSR activity received a very positive response from all participants including the staff.
On the Poson Poya day, 19th June 2016, “Sahan Sarana” Social Service Foundation functioned with the participation of NLPL staff have Organized a “Lotus Flower Dansela” at the entrance of the Temple of Tooth, Kandy. It was held for the forth time and more than forty thousand lotus flowers were distributed among the pilgrims during the event.
On 18th June 2016, a special function was held with the participation of all NLPL employees to commend excellent performances and to reward the 02 teams who won the Gold and the Silver Awards in the Kaizen Proposal competition - 2016, organized by the Noritake co., Limited, Japan.The event was held under the patronage of Deputy Chairman/ Managing director and the Board of Directors of NLPL. The winners of a new design making competition were also rewarded during the function.
On 16th June 2016, NLPL CSR Team visited Aranayaka and Kollonnawa areas in order to distribute donations among the people affected by recent natural disaster. School shoes were distributed among the students of Hathgampola Senior and Junior Schools at Aranayaka, and among the students of St. Joseph’s College at kollonnawa. In addition, essential items were donated for the use of families affected by Aranayaka disaster. All employees of Notitake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Limited made their generous contributions for this CSR activity, in addition to the donations they made through the Central Province Disaster Management Center, urgently during the incident.
On 08th June 2016, eighty Trainee school principals from Matale District visited NLPL in order to familiarize themselves with Management practices of the organization. They were provided with an exposure to NLPL General Management Process, Human Resources Development, Monozukuri concept and NLPL Management system on IMS( ISO Certification). During the programme, they were given an opportunity to visit the production flow and to see the practical application of key managerial concepts. At the end of the programme a panel discussion was held with the Senior Management to share the knowledge and to exchange their views. The Zonal education directors along with visiting school principals extended their sincere gratitude to the management and the staff of NLPL for arranging this educative and fruitful visit.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Private Limited, the spearhead in tableware manufacturing in Sri Lanka has fostered its way reaching customers island-wide by the many Noritake outlets located in the best destinations. One such outlet is the Noritake City Store located at Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07, has been a triumph in contributing to the brand in just 2 years of its opening. The City Store, with its exclusive showroom to capture the beauty and grace of formal and causal dinnerware and giftware has reached thousands of customers since its opening in the year 2014. As an honor to this triumph and a blessing to its most dedicated management who has immensely made it possible, Noritake City Store held a Pirith Ceremony on 06th June 2016. The ceremony was held with the participation of all Noritake showroom staff members together with Director/ General Manager and the Chief Marketing Officer of the organization. This event wishes to strengthen the unquestionable performance of the City Store while reminding us the roots of success that brought the brand throughout this journey.The City Store Showroom has reached a clientele base mainly consisting of foreigners given its aspiring range of high-end crockery with designs that will capture hearts the moment you step in. Together, we wish Noritake City Store to excel in prosperity over the coming years spreading beauty and joy to all its lovers with its grace and high quality of service.
On 02nd June 2016, a special awareness programme on present global environment issues followed by a tree planting campaign was held at NLPL premises to commemorate World Environment Day. Environmentalist Mr.Gamini Jayatissa conducted the lecture. Subsequently, a brief ceremony was held with the commencement of planting 100 trees at NLPL premises. Compliance Department of NLPL organized the event, in liaison with Matale Divisional Secretariat. Matale Divisional Secretariat’s NGO coordinator Mr. Chaminda Wickramasinghe and officials from Matale Porcelain friendship society, also present at the occasion with NLPL staff.
On 1st of june 2016, NLPL conducted the positive thinking/ Motivational training programme “Jaya Labannata Nam” (To achieve the success) for the benefit of students at Kanangamuwa Vidyalaya, Dumkolawatta, Matale. Around 100 students from different age groups were participated in the said event. This CSR activity received a very positive response from all the students and the staff.
On 30th May 2016, NLPL donated a large number of Class Room Chairs (100) for the benefit of the students at Kanangamuwa Vidyalaya, Dumkolawatta, Matale. The staff and the students have organized a short function to mark this event. The principal extended his gratitude to the NLPL for this generous donation, indicating that it was a long felt requirement of the school. Subsequently, the Director and the NLPL staff participated in the occasion, visited school premises in order to see the feasibility of assisting the school further, in the future.
A large number of Vesak Candles were lighted at NLPL premises during the Vesak Week providing a religious feelings and an attractive view to the people in the area. NLPL Employees as a team contributed very positively to this event by making candles representing their departments.
On 24th May 2016, a ceremony was held at NLPL to award the certificates and letters of commendations to Winners and participants of short Drama Competition held recently. This drama completion was organized, with the aim of further promoting the Monozukuri Concept and related good practices in the factory. Participants from various departments actively involved in the competition. Prior to the event, they were provided with an opportunity to attend a workshop conducted by renowned artist Mr. Prasannajith Abeysundara in order to develop their skills.
The management and all employees of Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd, including Japanese Staff living in Sri Lanka are voluntarily engaging in disaster relief activities by contributing new clothes, dry rations, First Aid items and other essentials. Donations were handed over to the Disaster Relief Center (Central Province) and NLPL is continuously coordinating with Government Officials, in order to provide assistance to the people affected by prevailing unfavorable weather condition in the country.
On Vesak Poya Day 21st May 2016 ,NLPL employees involved in an act of giving new lease of life to a cow, due to be slaughtered, This religious ceremony was held at Matele Bogahakotuwa Temple with the participation of Nayaka Thero, priests, a large number of Noritake Staff, and residents living around the temple. This great event was organized by the Production Team attached to the Reduction Firing Department of the factory, with the contribution of all NLPL employees.
Switching on to a new dimension in its CSR activities, Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd
(NLPL) launched a positive thinking/ Motivational training programme named “Jaya Labannata Nam” (“To achieve the success”s) for the benefit of school children. Initial programmes under this project were conducted on 08th and 19th May 2016, at Ukuwela Dahrmawardanaramaya Temple Sunday School (Daham Pasal) and at Alwela Maha Vidyalaya respectively. Around 700 students from different age groups were participated in the said events and they were educated on how to plan and implement their studies and other activities in order to achieve desired goals in the future. It received a very positive response from all the students and the staff. Company intends to expand this CSR activity, to the schools in other areas as well, in the future.
SOME OF THE CSR ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY NLPL DURING THE PERIOD OF 1st APRIL 2015 TO 31st MARCH 2016.
Cash Donations - 3rd February 2016
Cash donation was made to under privilege school (Tanna College) in Matele district for advancement of the school cadet band.
Safety awareness programme - 16th November 2015
Awareness was given to the Scholl children on” Road safety” in order to develop welldiscipline Motorist, Passengers,Pedestrians in the society.
5-S Education programme - 17th October 2015
Awareness was given to the school children on 5-S concept in order to make their life
style more productive.
Environmental awareness programme - 25th July 2015
Awareness was given to the school children on good practices of “Waste disposal
system” and its effect to the environment and health.
Noritake workshop for Valentines
On Valentine's Eve, Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd. (NLPL) treated a selection of their valued customers to a special event, "Married with Manners", celebrating the first anniversary of the Noritake Bridal Gift Registry at their City Store at 77, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07.
The event was graced by Noritake's special guests, Mr. Kishu Gomez, Managing Director/CEO at Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, and renowned Bridal Dresser Mr. Harris Wijesinghe.
After an insightful video presentation that introduced the guests to the world of Noritake the latest Color wave stoneware collection and the Noritake Rochefort cutlery, guests were treated to an interactive professional table layout demonstration conducted by Jessica Fernando.
These demonstrations in the art of table setting and napkin folding added value to Noritake's Bridal Gift Registry which gives engaged couples the chance to choose the Noritake items of their choice and the chance for their friends, family and guests to be part of a meaningful and appreciated gift, thereby making it work both ways.
As the first porcelain company in Sri Lanka to launch such a service, many young couples have taken part in and completed their registries with glowing reviews of their experience.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Private Limited (NLPL) is the pioneer porcelain tableware manufacturing conglomerate in Sri Lanka. The Company was established in 1972 as a joint venture company between Ceylon Ceramic Corporation and Noritake Co., Limited of Japan. The Company's production facility is located in Matale where country's rich minerals such as quartz, feldspar and dolomite deposits are located. Factory operates under the production systems developed by the parent company in Japan. The factory started its operations in 1972 just with 150 workforces and as at today workforce stands with 1,200 skilled workers.
Tableware products manufactured by the Company are well within the most strict tableware standards that is “California Proposition 65 Standards & FDA Standards” of the United State of America for Lead and Cadmium release. Apart from Japanese expertise, our management processes are supported by ISO systems.
Noritake currently exports from Sri Lanka more than 6 million pieces of Porcelain ware with a value of over 2,500 million rupees. They are marketed in 100 countries, representing all five continents. NLPL is the major supplier of porcelain ware to leading hotels in Sri Lanka. The Company also caters to the needs of its local customers through sales outlets & dealers under the brand name of “Gold Mark”.
NLPL entitled with ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems since Year 2000. Since that company has improved their product Quality & product ranges continuously, during past 15 years. Noritake’s Quality reached to the utmost level & company has growth extensively local & export market with profits.
Environment Protection Demand arising in the world & “Green Factory Concept” were came into action. Environmental & labor laws are getting critical in all over the world. Noritake management was vigilant about such global changes and announced in their 3 Year corporate plan to establish the IMS in all Noritake group of companies before 2017. Objectives of this were to satisfying the customer's quality requirements, complying with regulations and meeting environmental objectives.
NLPL management decided to go for the IMS in October 2014. Kick off for IMS on 07th November 2014 & formed a steering committee to get the Certification within one a year period. IMS Team performed well to do the documentation part of IMS Certification & basic requirements were fulfilled with the management commitment & contributions. Stage-1 Audit followed on June 2015 & base on the comments, rectification actions were carried out rapidly. Dedication & Contribution, NLPL was able to face the Stage-II audit on November 2015 and qualify for the IMS certification.
Awards Ceremony was held on 9th December 2015 at the Board room of Sri Lanka Standards institution (SLSI). Director General of SLSI Dr. L. Senaweera Was the Chief Guest and NLPL Senior Director Mr. T.C. Thennakoon was received the certification. Several executives of SLSI & NLPL were participated for the ceremony.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain, Winner of the National Business Excellence Awards 2015 sector award for Chemicals, Ceramics & Glassware.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) recently won the sector award at National Business Excellence awards 2015. NLPL awarded as the winner of the sector “Chemicals, Ceramics & Glassware” for the performance in year 2014.
Noritake President visits SL
Tadashi Ogura, President Noritake Co. Ltd., Nagoya Japan, visited Sri Lanka last week (Tuesday, 27 October).
During his visit he met President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday (29 October) before leaving the country on that day.
At his meeting with Sirisena, he congratulated the President on his 8 January, 2015 election victory. He also "evaluated the performance and discussed the future expansion of Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt.) Ltd.'s factory at Matale."
Ogura, in his visit to Sirisena, was accompanied by Noritake Lanka Chairman Y. Mabuchi, Deputy Chairman Y. Shimaya, Executive Consultant Nimal Perera, Senior Director T.C. Thennakoon and Director/General Manager Mrs. Sujatha Egodagedera.
"Noritake Lanka, in addition to its plant in Matale, also operates another at Pannala, Perera told Ceylon FT. He said that the company provides direct and indirect employment to 1,300. Local operations were started in 1972 by this 110 year old company, which also has branches in countries and regions such as the USA, Europe and Thailand.
Noritake at Hotel Asia Exhibition 2015, Maldives
It’s a pleasure to announce that Noritake exhibited at Hotel Asia Exhibition 2015 in the Maldives for the first time. The exhibition was on 19th to 21st September 2015 at the Dharabaruge Exhibition Centre, Male, Maldives. Almost all the visitors praised that Noritake product and the stall were elegant and attractive. Organizers were delighted about Noritake’s participation and taking the exhibition to another level.
Hotel Asia, Maldives is the leading Hotel & Resorts Exhibition in Maldives and all most all the leading hotel suppliers (international and local) to Maldives resorts exhibit here. Directors and managers from all the Maldives resorts visit this exhibition and it’s a place where you can see all the suppliers and buyers under one roof.
Hot spot Factory outlet in the Island
Being first Noritake Show room in Sri Lanka , Started Sales activity way back in year 2OOO , more than 15 years ago & it is high time to do renovation + expansion to offer a better Customer service + more convenience to our loved Customers.
Estimated Budget is around 1O M & with the renovation & expansion & largest Ground Floor Outlet coming under Noritake umbrella any where in the world & it is in nearing completion stage ;
Though One area is restricted to customers , yet the Matale Factory outlet has become , Probably the Best Tourist foot pathed factory Outlet in the Country.
Even with the rainy whether , Outlet is always Crowded & with the construction completion by mid of October , Factory Outlet may become a largest , modern & modest & State art of the art factory Outlet in the country.
Noritake: Showstopper of the Crockery World is here!
Noritake today launched its exquisite and exclusive store in Bangalore. The store was inaugurated by Mr. Shoji Hosoi, General Manager Overseas, Noritake, Mr. Kenji Obara, Senior Manager Overseas, Noritake and Pramila Aiyaapa, Asian Games Medalist form Bangalore. The launch also saw a few eminent personalities from Bangalore, including Mr. Chandrashekaran, Owner, Deepam Silks along with his wife.
The store in Indiranagar, Bangalore houses 130 varieties of Noritake tableware and is the first Noritake store in India to do so. The store also showcases a 24 Carat Gold Tea Set, which is a rarity across the stores in India. Each product in the store is a bespoke jewel that adds elegance to your dinner table. It includes formal and casual dinnerware, and giftware. So, whether it is a salad plate or a tea cup – it is an asset to own! Noritake tableware is of highest standards and their durability remains unquestionable. Beauty, colour and style are a part of this much aspired brand.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever!” Yes, we all desire beautiful things and aspire for it. And, what’s better than getting it served on a plate? Well, that is what Noritake has been doing for years and now it is time for India to experience the beauty and class of this particular brand of dinnerware as the brand launched its exclusive store in Bangalore today! While the world loves crockery, we Indians love it a tad bit more! No wonder then we like to collect them and use the best when occasion demands for. But, laying the table out for the guests now will get more interesting as India joins an elite group of countries where Noritake is available.
This brand of tableware manufacturer, which has wowed audiences in countries like the Japan, USA, Germany, UAE, Sri Lanka and more is an asset in every home. It brings elegance to every table and has become a family possession that is handed down from generation to generation. The style and designs of Noritake are desired world over and are rarely offered by any other crockery brand in India or other countries. Its 22 carat gold/platinum-trimmed porcelain crockery has and will always have fans around the world.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Shoji Hosoi, General Manager Overseas Sales, Noritake said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the arrival of Noritake, one of the most aspired for brand in crockery around the world, in Bangalore. Now, Indians will get a taste of crockery that is not only world class but, a rarity too!”
Adding to the excitement of Noritake’s Bangalore launch, Mr. Kenji Obara, Senior Manager Overseas Sales, Noritake said, “I thank everyone who is a part of the store launch today, who took out time from their busy schedule especially for this occasion and also friends from the media. We wanted to introduce Noritake to Bangalore as the city has a taste for high-end lifestyle products. We are immensely happy to choose Bangalore as our India destination for Noritake.” Ms. Pramila Aiyaapa, eminent sports personality graced the occasion with her presence and said, “I am happy to be a part of the brand Noritake and wish the group a good luck and hope to see many Noritake stores in India.”
Noritake dinnerware has a high demand from the royal palaces across the country that has been using the brand from generations. With a technologically superior and diverse product range, Noritake has been a favourite with homes, hotel chains and airlines for its delicate designs and durable quality. After having sold in 147 countries so far, the brand has now arrived in Bangalore to adorn the dining tables here and tell the story of a legacy that is more than a 100 years old!
Noritake Tabletop of Japan opens exclusive brand boutique in Elante Mall
Noritake, the No. 1 crockery brand in the world, opened its exclusive brand shop in Elante Mall in Chandigarh, on Sunday. This is the Japanese tableware giant’s only fifth exclusive shop, after having opened brand shops in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Delhi and Bangalore are next in line. By 2018, the company plans to have 12-15 brand boutiques across the country.
Though Noritake has exclusive stores in four other cities, the Chandigarh showroom is the first of its kind in the country, laying out the company’s new international boutique concept.
The inauguration was done by none other than the distinguished art historian and connoisseur, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Professor B.N. Goswamy, who does not hide his deep admiration for Japanese design. Among others present were Mr Kenji Obara, Senior Manager, International Marketing (Asia) from Noritake Co. Ltd, Japan, and Mr Abhinav Agarwal, Managing Director, East Coast Distributors Pvt Ltd as Business Partner of Noritake Co. in India.
Speaking to a select gathering on the occasion, Mr. Obara and Mr. Agarwal said “the brand’s entry into India is almost 15 years old. Apart from our brand boutiques, we also have dealers network across the country and our brand range is exhibited at over 75 premium retail counter platforms. We have three retail associates in Chandigarh and equal numbers in Punjab territory. In modern trade also, we are available with Home Stop, Home Town and at @Home.
“Noritake’s quality porcelain and bone-china are actually the strongest ceramic dinnerware materials in the world. The ornaments marked on the tableware in gold or platinum are pure 22 carats”.
“Despite the highest quality standards, the brand range is being offered at an affordable price to the large target group of households & corporates. The shapes and sizes of various world class products have been specially designed as per Indian requirements.
“At our Chandigarh showroom exclusively, we shall be showcasing some of the finest tabletop range from Japan also. Among the overall product categories displayed shall be Dinner Sets starting from Rs. 17,885, Tea Sets starting from Rs. 5385 and Gift Products like Mugs and Vases starting from Rs. 595.
Some of the Bone China Collections:
Masters: Richly coloured for a look of dramatic elegance, the Masters collection is white bone china at its lightest, most translucent and most luxurious. Each pattern represents our most exacting standards of design and craftsmanship.
Fine Dining: The design is classic, modern and understated, a design which will never go out of style. The beautiful bone china body is adorned with striking highlights of gold/platinum on all the handles and finials.
Some of the White Porcelain Collections:
Commander: With the traditional simple and brilliant white body, Commander brings beauty and quality to dining tables around the world. The variety of designs will brighten and enrich your dining.
Paramount: Perhaps the ultimate value in white porcelain, Paramount is a pure statement in simple and sophisticated form and function, designed for today’s lifestyle.
HOTEL SHOW COLOMBO – 2O15
This is a show case of Hotel Supplies & Services & Noritake Lanka Porcelain has participated for this even as major Contributor / Exhibitor .
It is a window to show the New Hotel Product ranges to the Hoteliers , Major Decision Makers of New Hotel Project to come alive etc .
Being the oldest , continuous & technologically advanced hotel ware manufacture in SL , Our Stall ( 51 & 52 ) was one of the highest traffic area through out the event.
Noritake Stall was attended by the giant hotel chains , single resorts , 5 * properties , Small Luxury hotelier , Clubs , High end restaurants , Main decision makers of New hotels projects etc.
This is a very clear indication of the Trust & Confidence that Hoteliers have placed on Noritake Hotel ware table top ranges for more than 4O years.
Noritake opened it's brand new showroom at ODEL Alexandria Place, Colombo 07 featuring it's exclusive giftware porcelain selections.
Noritake hosts customers to
Table Setting demonstration
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd (NLPL) recently hosted a selection of its customers to an interactive demonstration in the intricacies of table setting.
Conducted by its consultant Sharmini Goonetilleke, the several guests present that morning, and even friends of the media, were taken through the intricacies of table settings which also included the usage of crockery and cutlery.
Adding value to the experience was also another interactive and interesting demonstration in the art of folding table napkins by former hotelier Jeremy Muller. Here guests were taken through the paces of how to make a lotus flower, standing fan and a bird of paradise.
This demonstration in the art of table setting and napkin folding was to add value to the recently launched Bridal Registry which gives bridal couples the chance to indicate specific items of their choice. At the same time it enables guests to be part of a meaningful and appreciated gift, thereby making it work both ways.
With the launch of this Bridal Registry, Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd (NLPL) goes on record as being the first-ever porcelain company in Sri Lanka to do so.With its 43 year old history in this country, NLPL today enjoys iconic status as Sri Lanka’s pioneer porcelain tableware manufacturing company and has catered to generations of satisfied customers both locally and in South East Asian region.
Noritake, first-ever porcelain company in Sri Lanka to launch ‘Bridal Registry’
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd (NLPL) recently launched its Bridal Registry and thus goes on record as being the first-ever porcelain company in Sri Lanka to do so.
Deputy chairman and Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) Yoshinari Shimaya said, "The launch of this Bridal Registry is the result of continuous requests we have had from numerous customers over a long period of time. Very often bridal couples are flooded with gifts they might never use. This is sadly an absolute waste of both money and goodwill. This Bridal Registry, on the other hand, gives couples the chance to indicate specific items of their choice. At the same time it enables guests to be part of a meaningful and appreciated gift. So it does work both ways".
The history of the bridal registry goes back to the giving of gifts which is a long tradition in the history of marriage. In ancient times couples were showered with symbols of fidelity, fertility, and prosperity. Later on wedding gifts became items which helped the new couple establish their home. For nearly a century brides in America have been creating a bridal or wedding registry. The very first registry was created in 1924 in Chicago to enable an engaged couple choose their china, silver and crystal patterns. This idea eventually spread across the country and throughout the retail industry. Although very much a foreign concept, the Bridal Registry is relatively new to Sri Lanka and is fast catching on in Colombo.
"We have already had quite a number of couples in Sri Lanka creating their Bridal Registry with us. The concept seems to be fast catching since we have also had a few Sri Lankan couples living overseas and who plan to get married here choosing this option. This is also because we offer the added advantage of shipping the gift items back home to their residence overseas. This takes away the stress and hassle and lets the couple focus on their big day in peace", Shimaya added.
New Year Rush @ Noritake Factory Outlet
This year , Much awaited factory sale started today & though New year is 2 weeks away , uncontrollable traffic has come to the Sale in the First day unexpectedly .
Hence , We had to allocate additional Factory Staff to handle it.
This is the one & only Sale happening in the Factory as an annual event in the calendar & due to the large stocks mainly export oriented products are sold @ very much affordable prices to every folk.
This year new year sale will be held until 11 th April continuously from 9.OO am – 6.OO pm.
Noritake Lanka crafts Holy Communion bowls for Papal visit to Sri Lanka
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd (NLPL) has been bestowed with the unique honour of crafting the Holy Communion bowls for His Holiness Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka.
These brilliant white porcelain circular bowls measure 224.8 mm in diameter, 76.8 mm in height and weigh 682 grammes. They have been made from porcelain sourced 60% in Sri Lanka and 40% from imported materials and has the lettering ‘Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz. 14 January 2015’. 24 karat gold, lead and cadmium free pigments have been used in the decoration of these bowls.
These bowls will play a significant role in the Holy Masses the Pontiff will hold during his three day visit to Sri Lanka. Of the total of 1300 bowls which have been manufactured, the Holy Pontiff will use one while the others will be used by the Catholic clergy when giving Holy Communion.
Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) Yoshinari Shimaya said, “We’re deeply honoured and humbled at having been chosen to manufacture these special Holy Communion Bowls. Several detailed and extensive discussions on the ‘design review’ were held between the Archdiocese of Colombo and our team in the past few months with regard to the artistic and technical specifications of the Holy Communion bowls. This final product has been well received and this is an endorsement of the high quality of work of our experienced and dedicated team”.
Sri Lanka is the second Asian country to be visited by His Holiness Pope Francis and the first destination of this apostolic voyage to Asia. The Holy Father arrives in Sri Lanka on Tuesday 13 January for the cannonisation of the Blessed Joseph Vaz and leaves two days later.
A number of Cardinals, Bishops and Priests will participate in the Holy Mass at the Galle Face Green. About 1500 VIPs, about 500 sick and differently-abled persons will also participate in the Holy Mass. A large number of Bishops, Priests and people from Goa and India will also take part.
Ideally situated at the crossroads of Dharmapala Mw and Sir James Peries Mw (Pitthala Junction), Noritake’s 10,000 sq ft flagship store is spread over three floors and enjoys prestigious visibility from its vantage location.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd currently sources 35% of its raw materials from Sri Lanka. Its factory at Matale is one of the largest production facilities in the world which produces high quality tableware under the brand Noritake. Among the locally sourced raw materials are Quartz from Galaha off Kandy, Felspar from Owala off Rattota, Dolomite from Digana off Kandy and Calcite from Balangoda.
Nearly 80% of Noritake’s local production is exported to key markets in over a hundred countries including USA, UK, Japan, the Middle East, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Korea. The balance 20% is marketed locally through its outlets at the flagship store in Colombo 07, Kirulapona, Wattala, Matale, Pannala and the Bandaranaike Air Port.
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