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Noritake ends 2015 on winning note.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) ends 2015 on a winning note with several awards to its credit. The most recent one was last week when it walked away with the Best Exporter Awards in the Ceramic and Mineral Based Products sector at the Presidential Export Awards for the years 2012 and 2013, organised by Sri Lanka Export Development Board.
One day prior to that it clinched the Silver Award in the Extra Large Manufacturing Category at the National Productivity Awards 2014 organised by the National Productivity Secretariat
It previously emerged one of the top winners at the prestigious National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) Awards by winning a Gold Award in the Extra Large Category (Industrial Sector) for the second consecutive year.
There was also the Sector Award – Chemicals, Ceramic and Glass at the National Business Excellence Awards 2015 organised by the National Chamber of Commerce.
Commenting on the winning streak, NLPL Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Yoshinari Shimaya said, “This year has been a good one. Not only has it brought us several awards in different categories but also larger numbers of customers while our numbers have also been promising. The goals that lie ahead are challenging and we look forward to greater times in the New Year.”
Established in 1972 as a joint venture company between the Ceylon Ceramic Corporation and the one hundred year old Noritake Co Ltd of Japan, NLPL today enjoys iconic status as Sri Lanka’s pioneer porcelain tableware manufacturing company.
From left: NLPL Director/General Manager Sujatha Egodagedara, NLPL Deputy Chairman/ Managing Director Yoshinari Shimaya, NLPL Senior Director T.C. Tennakoon and NLPL Secretary General / Director R. Miyazaki with the Best Exporter Awards in the Ceramic and Mineral Based Products sector at the Presidential Export Awards for the years 2012 and 2013 organised by Sri Lanka Export Development Board.
"Club Championship" Golf Tournament [2012-08-26]
Noritake Lanka Porcelain has sponsored the "club championship" golf tournament organized by the Victoria golf and country resorts on 26th August 2012. The event was a huge success with the participation of over 50 players of local and foreigners. Noritake has sponsored for Ladies and Gents championships by gifts along with the cash sponsorships and distribute gifts for every participant of this event. Mr. Mano Wicramasooriya the Director/Asst to MD was the chief guest of the occasion
Hotel Show - 2O12. [2012-07-13]
NLPL has participated for the Hotel Show held on 13 , 14 & 15 th July 2O12 @ BMICH , It is not only one of the most attractive stall in the exhibition , but most attended stall . All the hotel ware categories offered by NLPL has been on display so that any hotelier could see our full product portfolio with regards to Hotel ware . We have received lot of prospective leads & inquiries not only in Sri Lanka but in India too
Noritake Presented New Product to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka. [2012-03-19]
Deputy Chairman/Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd, Matale, presented the company's one of its' new product as token to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees 16th March 2012.
The Executive Consultant of company Mr. Nimal Perera was also present at this occasion.
The International Food and Hospitality Fair - AAHAR 2012. [2012-03-12]
The leading Tableware supplier "Noritake Lanka Porcelain" participated to the AAHAR 2012- The International Food and Hospitality Fair on 12th to 16th March at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. AAhar 2012, the 27th international exhibition for food, food processing, hotel and restaurant equipment and supplies is geared to attract a plethora of visitors and exhibitors from India and abroad. Aahar has emerged as a perfect one stop destination to showcase the growth & development of the food and beverage and the hospitality industry as a great opportunity for both potential suppliers and buyers of the hospitality industry. [2011-03-12]
Chefs of all major tourist hotels coming under Kandy region had visited Noritake Porcelain factory Matale. [2011-11-01]
Chefs of all major tourist hotels coming under Kandy region had visited Noritake Porcelain factory Matale. They have been gone through the whole production process followed by a speech by factory manager Mr. Jude Fernando about the competitive edges of using Noritake Hotel ware ranges.
Lanka Ceramic - Opening [2011-03-30]
Lanka Ceramic Opening - The leader of tableware manufacturer opened a new showroom in Colombo. The new showroom was opened by Mr. Hasegawa, MD - Noritake Lanka Porcelain.
Mr. Chamal Rajapaksa visits NLPL [2011-02-21]
Honorable speaker Mr Chamal Rajapaksa visits Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd showroom on 15th February 2011 with Honorable speaker of Pakistan Dr. Mrs Fahmida Mirza
Integrated management systems (IMS) conform to the requirements of quality management systems (QMS), environmental management systems (EMS), and occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS). These represented the ISO’s most well-known standards ever. QMS (known as ISO 9001) helps organizations to implement quality management systems. EMS (known as ISO 14001) helps organizations to implement environmental management systems. OHSMS (known as ISO 18001) helps organization to implement occupational health and safety management systems.
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.
Noritake 41st Aniversory Volley Ball Match
Noritake USA Team Visits Noritake Sri Lanka
Noritake USA Team members ( N C I ) visited NLPL facility @ Matale & City Store in Colombo O7 last week .
Kazuo Suzuki ( Manager – Strategic Planning , Tabletop Division ) , Michele Evans ( National Service Manager , Tabletop Division ) , Jay Fingert ( Vice President Of Sales , Tabletop Division ) have visited NLPL plant @ Matale shared their insights with Production floor Managers Here , NLPL Domestic Marketing Team Duminda ( HOM ) & Kumar ( Marketing & Sales Manager ) accompanied them to City Store with Deputy Chairman / Managing Director Y Shimaya .
Visitors were fully impressed to see a Store like this in Sri Lanka & high Service Standards maintain.
Kandy Hotelier's Association Get together
Noritake Lanka Porcelain who is the Major Supplier of almost all the leading hotels coming under Kandy Hotelier’ s Association has been one of the Sponsors for this annual event .
As Our Very Important Clients , NLPL has been one of the proud sponsors to the event .
Event was well organized in the “ Earls Regent Hotel “ & was admired by all attendees started by 8.OO Pm until next day dawn on O8 th November 2O14 .
Theme of the event was “ Pirates Of the Indian Ocean “ & participants have been dressed suit to the event .
“Noritake” Trophy – Matale District open table tennis tournament – 2014
Sports Club in collaboration with Noritake Management has organized open table tennis tournament in 11th and 12th October 2014. The competition was held in NLPL premises. Over 100 of school children’s were participated for school category and over 50 participants for open event.
Factory Visit of “Matale District Noritake Friendship Association” – October 2014
Matale District Noritake Friendship Association was organized a special factory visit on 11th October 2014. Over 100 of its members were participated for the event. NLPL top management was warmly welcomed the gathering. Employees who have done tremendous service in last 41 years were appreciated by current top management.
Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe visits Sri Lanka
September 7th 2014, Prime Minister of Japan H.E. Shinzo Abe accompanied by a large business delegation arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for a two-day official visit on an invitation extended by the Sri Lankan President H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Japan in March 2013.
During his visit to president house, Mr. Hithoshi Tanemura, Executive President of Noritake Co, LTD, Japan also participated.
NLPL celebrated 41st year anniversary on 5th October 2014. Company started its operation on 1973. A religious program was held on 6th October 2014 at NLPL factory premises. All the employees with senior managers were participated for the event.
Noritake wins Gold at NCE Awards
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) recently won a Gold Award in the Extra Large Category at the prestigious National Chamber of Exporters Awards.
This comes hot on the heels of the Silver Award it won in the ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at the National Productivity Awards last month. Dr. Priyath Wickrema, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority presents the award to T. C. Tennakoon, Director of NLPL.
Noritake Chairman visits Sri Lanka
Chairman of Noritake Co. Ltd Japan Hitoshi Tanemura recently visited Sri Lanka in the company of Director / Managing Executive Officer of Noritake Co. Ltd Japan Kozo Kato.
During this brief visit to Colombo, Mr. Tanemura met the company’s Colombo-based officials, including Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) Yoshinari Shimaya and top management officials and reviewed the progress and performance made by Noritake in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Tanemura also took time off a busy schedule to visit Noritake’s flag ship store in South Asia at Dharmapala Mawatha in Colombo 07. Conveniently located at the crossroads of Dharmapala Mw and Sir James Peries Mw (Pitthala Junction), the store is spread over three floors and enjoys prestigious visibility from its vantage location. With this recently opened store, Colombo has joined Noritake’s up market and international chain of similar stores in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Shanghai.
Mr. Tanemura was part of the hi-level business delegation which accompanied Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his recent historic State visit to Sri Lanka. He also participated at the Sri Lanka-Japan Business Forum at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.
Mr. Tanemura’s visit is the second VIP visit from Noritake Japan in the past two months. It follows almost hot on the heels of the recent visit to Colombo by President of the Noritake Group Mr. T. Ogura during which time he also met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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 Airport.
Photo caption: (From left) Director / Managing Executive Officer of Noritake Co. Ltd Japan Kozo Kato, Manager Marketing and Sales, NLPL, Kumara Wickrama, Chairman of Noritake Co. Ltd Japan Hitoshi Tanemura and Managing Director NLPL Yoshinari Shimaya
Noritake clinches Silver at National Productivity Awards
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Ltd (NLPL) recently clinched the Silver Award in the ‘Large Manufacturing’ category at the National Productivity Awards. There was no Gold award in this category and NLPL thus becomes the overall winner and highest scorer in this sector.
“We are delighted with this award which makes us the top winner in this particular category. It not only inspires us but also spurs us on to greater heights and do even better in our journey,” said an elated Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of NLPL Yoshinari Shimaya.
Organised by the National Productivity Secretariat under the Ministry of Productivity Promotion, the National Productivity Awards were based on a very comprehensive evaluation scheme. The primary objective of the competition is to improve productivity at all levels since it is believed that productive enterprises in the country will result in a productive nation.
Established in 1972 as a joint venture company between the Ceylon Ceramic Corporation and the one hundred year old Noritake Co Ltd of Japan, NLPL today enjoys iconic status as Sri Lanka’s pioneer porcelain tableware manufacturing company.
The factory began operations in 1972 with a 150 member workforce which has grown over the years to 1200 skilled workers today. Most of the factory’s workers, supervisors and managers have been trained in Japan in their relevant fields. Apart from Japanese expertise, its management processes are supported by ISO 9001:2008 certification from the Sri Lanka Standard Institute while complying with international ethical standards.
The factory in Matale is one of the largest production facilities in the world which produces high quality tableware under the brand Noritake.
Tourist arrivals @ Highest in Factory Outlet - Matale
After starting of Kandy Perahera season, Noritake’s Matale Factory outlet has become the most interested place ever before .
From dawn to dusk, tourist arrivals to the outlet is at Peak during past week. Hence, Outlet is scoring highest ever sales achievement ever.
Outlet is forced to be opened extended hours simply because of the heavy demand that the brand Noritake having around the globe .
Noritake President lauds business performance in Sri Lanka
President Noritake Group President, Mr. T. Ogura who was on a recent visit to Sri Lanka commended the Company’s performance during the last financial year and forecasted steady and greater growth figures during the year to come.
During this brief visit to Colombo, Mr. Ogura also paid a courtesy call on H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa at ‘Temple Trees’. Associated with him during this visit were Chairman of the Tabletop Division Mr. Mabuchi, Chairman of the Urban Development Authority Mr. Nimal Perera, Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd (NLPL) Mr. Y. Shimaya and General Manager Noritake Lanka Porcelain (Pvt) Ltd Mrs. Sujatha Egodagedara.
Mr. Ogura explained to President Rajapaksa the importance of the recently opened Flagship Store at Colombo 77, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07. “Noritake has been in Sri Lanka for the past 42 years. While reinforcing our international brand presence in Sri Lanka, this Flagship Store is a vital step in our journey through the South East Asian region. Sri Lanka has been positioned as our regional hub and now brings the sheer excellence of our products to this region”, he said.
Strategically situated at the crossroads of Dharmapala Mw and Sir James Peries Mw (Pitthala Junction), the 10,000 sq ft flagship store is spread over three floors and enjoys prestigious visibility from its vantage location. Colombo has now joined Noritake’s up market and international chain of similar stores in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hong Kong and New Jersey.
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.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Pvt Ltd also exports 80% of its local production 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 Kirulapona, Wattala , Matale, Pannala and the Bandaranaike Air Port.
Photo caption: President Noritake Group Mr. T. Ogura (third from right) with H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Also in the picture are (from left) Deputy Chairman and Managing Director NLPL Mr. Yoshinari Shimaya, Chairman of the Tabletop Division Mr. Mabuchi, Chairman of the Urban Development Authority Mr. Nimal Perera and General Manager NLPL Mrs. Sujatha Egodagedara
Annual Visit of Noritake Group President – July 2014
This years Noritake Group presidents’ annual visit to Temple Trees were made on 16th July 2014. Noritake Group President, Mr. T. Ogura, Chairman, Tabletop Division, Mr. Mabuchi,
Chairman, Urban Development Authority, Mr. Nimal Perera, Managing Director, Noritake Lanka porcelain (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Y. Shimaya and General Manager, Noritake Lanka porcelain (Pvt) Ltd, Mrs. Sujatha Egodagedara were participated in this occasion. Noritake officials were warmly welcomed by The President of Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksha.
Film Actress Ms. Sangeetha Weerarathna has visited Noritake City Store
NLPL has participated for Hotel Show – 2O14 held in BMICH from 13 – 15 th June 2O14
Since , Hotel Sector Market expansion is around the corner with New Hotel Properties are Mushroomed .
Due to the unprecedented demand , This time we have arranged all our product varieties on display using 2 large stall spaces .
First Time in the Noritake history , Our brand new production High – White LX – 13 [ Cher Blanc ] were on display & it was the most attracted product among leading Hoteliers for their Private Dining , VVIP outlets etc . Though , this products are the most expensive among all Porcelain , every body loved to touch the self embossed elegance.
In addition to that , all array of our products of Regular White Hotel Crockery rangers , Off White Fine Casual China rangers , Ivory white – Bone China rangers were on Display .
Our Well experienced HORECA sales staff were able to get leads for Almost all new 6 * hotel projects to come in Sri Lanka with in this year & next year.
Though , lot of imported table top brands were there , all decision makers of hotels have highest Trust for this more than 4O years leading brand.
Ajantha Mendis has visited Noritake City Store and he was very impressed on new showroom.
Poson festivals in Hand Painting Workshop & Outlet - Pannala
This lantern was made by staff at NLPL Pannala branch & won the 6th place in lantern competition was held on poson poya day.
Factory Visit for Redbanagama Villagers
The Management of Noritake Lanka Porcelain was very generous to grant permission for the villagers of Redbanagama to have a look at our factory. On a request made by the Chief Secretary of the Redbanagama Death Benevolent Society Mr. M.P. Jayasena on 2014.04.24 the management made arrangements to open the gates of NLPL on 2014.05.17 to welcome them.
On date of their arrival at NLPL Factory premises a tea party was organized at the meeting room to refresh our visitors before starting their factory visit. Factory Manager Mr. H.A.R. Bandara welcomed the team of visitors very warmly and also conveyed his goodwill to them.
Act of bravery “Gift Work” By Factory Nurse
Mrs. Pabamali Lunuwila – Factory Nurse, was appreciated and saluted by the Management of NLPL on 2014.05.30 for the brave act she committed to retain life to late Mr. W.C. Perera (Security Officer) who passed away on 2014.05.29 due to heart attack.
She displayed the attitude of “Gift Work” by giving her fullest effort trying to save a life by bravely giving CPR after observing that his breathing and pulse had stopped. It is very rare to find great people who would risk their own self to save another's and specially not giving up at any cause. She set an example to all employees by using her entire talent as a Nurse despite her health condition at that time. It was an act of bravery.
Mr. Raafi a contract worker who serves Abans Environmental Services too was appreciated at this event for his brave move to evacuate the diseased to the hospital. He volunteered to give his service despite the conditions of the diseased person.
The Management of NLPL was very generous and sensitively handled this situation by reaching their helping had without any hesitation. Our management is saluted for appreciating the services of Mrs. Pabamali and Mr. Raafi. Their sensitive approach was an encouraging fact to all employees.
Noritake launches new flagship store in Colombo - 6th June 2014
The 10,000 sq ft flagship store is spread over three floors and enjoys prestigious visibility from its vantage location.
Chief Guest at the gala ceremonial opening was Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse. Also present on the
occasion were Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, NLPL Deputy Chairman and Managing Director
Mr.Yoshinari Shimaya, Director Mr.T.C. Thennanakoon, NLPL General Manager Ms. Sujatha Egodagedara, NLPL Executive Consultant Mr. Nimal Perera, Manager Marketing and Sales Mr. Kumara Wickrama and several other officers.
“The move to this prestigious location is a significant step in our journey and consolidates our international brand
presence in Sri Lanka. This Colombo flagship store joins our prestigious international chain of similar stores in Tokyo,
Nagoya, Hong Kong and New Jersey and brings the sheer excellence of our products to this region. We’re also
positioning this as our regional hub and thus cater to all countries in this part of the world,”
The Noritake flagship store caters to both the retail and wholesale markets with its extensive range of products. The first
floor is dedicated to the retail customer and has product offerings which cater to all price ranges. On display here will also
be the gift collection and the gala wedding collection. The second floor is the ‘training floor’ and will play host to
demonstrations of table layouts and table etiquette while the third floor caters to the restaurants and hotels sector.
Mr. Shimaya added that a novel feature of the operations of the new flagship store would also be regular training sessions and
demonstrations on table etiquette. This includes detailed table layouts, caring, handling and even the proper cleaning of
tableware. The primary target audience will be young couples setting up home and starting a new life together “This is an
important factor and we’re paying great attention to this area. As leaders in the industry, we’d like to share our expertise
and know-how with our customers so that they can fully appreciate and enjoy their Noritake ware as a lifestyle.”
Opening ceremony of the Noritake Lanka New showroom.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa declared open the new showroom of the Noritake Lanka Porcelain last Friday (6th) at Colombo 7, Dharamapala Mawatha.
Noritake Lanka Porcelain Private Limited 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. Noritake Co, Limited of Japan is a hundred years old company which markets tableware under the brand “Noritake” all over the world.
Domestic retailing segment had improved tremendously after the war and a large number of tourists arriving in Sri Lanka. Noritake showrooms are one of their main shopping destinations for porcelain products. Due to high quality standards, most of the buyers select the Noritake hotel-ware range mainly because of its durability and high densities.
The new location will give a lot of convenience to clients especially tourist.
Mr.Yoshinari Shmaya, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain, Mr.Nimal Perera Consultant, Director Mr. T.C. Tennakoon, General Manager Mrs.Sujatha Egodagedara and distinguished guest participated at this occasion.
NORITAKE 'Sinhala New Year' Festival 2014 [2014-04-24]
Bone China Product From Noritake Lanka.
The latest bone china product of Noritake Lanka Porcelain Company was presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week following the practice of the company to present their latest product to the President from the time he was the Minister of Labour. Mr.Yoshinari Shmaya, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Noritake Lanka Porcelain and Mr.Nimal Perera, Consultant along with NLPL General Manager Mrs.Sujatha Egodagedara.
New Year Rush @ Matale NLPL Factory.
As a Customary annual event , Noritake Factory – Matale has started the much awaited annual event “ Mega Factory Sale “
Though , the starting date been Monday & Despite New Year Eve ,Lot of Customers have waited since dawn to enter in to the Sale Location facing lot of difficulties to Security Staff .
So , We had to advance the Opening Hours from 7.OO am unlike 9.OO am in the morning .
Organized Promotional Mix of Above the Line & Below the line campaign may be the reason for the traffic .
This is the One an only opportunity for an average Consumer to have Noritake Products at a very reasonably low price .
NLPL wanted to Taste their Products among Low Income Groups & has encouraged them to Purchase at very affordable rates during only this opportunity. Hundreds of Items in Plain White & More no of items in Printed Form available for the SALE .
DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND, YEAR END FACTORY SALE EXTENDED UNTIL 21 ST DECEMBER
Due to the unprecedented Demand for the year end factory Sale which is held as an annual event, had to be extended until 21 st December .
This Time specialty is we had to Limit some demand items to facilitate every Customer is getting some selected items equally .
Other wise , It is not equally distributed & majority of General folk could not have essential items like Plates , Cups & Saucers etc
Moreover, Even lot of Tourists also visited by Coaches, Buses, Vans & Cars also experienced & enjoyed this event till late evenings .
This annul event is more than 3O years old happening to Cater specially for those of who cannot Afford luxurious Noritake .
KANDY SPICE FESTIVAL organized by KANDY HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION was held on 22 – 24 November @ KCC .
Noritake , Pioneer Hotel ware – Crockery Supplier to almost all Star class tourist hotels in Kandy was one of the major sponsor to the event .
First time in the history , Noritake has displayed their every production categories including Regular White range , Off White – FCC Range , Ivory White – Bone China Range , High white – LX 13 range & newly molded shapes tailor made to specific needs of hotels .
Further , Crockery Used for serving CHOGM – Country heads were also Displayed at the event which was admired by all chief guests & invitees to the event .
The President of Sri Lanka Visited Noritake Stall @ CHOGM 2013
Noritake - Hotel Hilton Display
Noritake - CHOGM Hambanthota Display
40th Anniversary celebrations of NLPL - Felicitation of Employees long year service at NLPL
The above event was held on 10th October 2013 at Noritake Lanka Porcelain, Matale. The Chairman of Noritake Company Limited, tabletop division, Mr. Ogura was the chief guest and 17of employees were felicitated with plaque for more than 25 years’ service to NLPL.
40th Anniversary celebrations of NLPL - Refreshment break
40th Anniversary celebrations of NLPL - Religious Ceremony to bless employees & Company
This event was held on 5th October, 2013. As a part of 40th Anniversary celebration program, this program was organized.
Noritake Wattala Show - Major Tourist visiting Location
Noritake – Wattala Show Room is daily visited by major Tour groups .
When Tourist season is around the corner , Visitor Foot Print to Noritake - Wattala SR is un imaginable.
This is due to Most Friendly & efficiently Customer Service , Array of Goods for any budget , Customer Convenience , easy access to Airport , modern & safe packaging etc.
Naval Executive Sub Lieutenant - Trincomalee , Noritake Factory Visit
40 Naval Executive Sub Lieutenants of Trincomalee Naval & Maritime Academy had a Noritake Factory Visit .
They have gone through a Vedeo Footage , Brief introductory presentation , Factory Outlet Visit & Fully fledged Factory Visit.
They have gone through the entire Production process from Preparation of raw material to Packing & were fully impressed about the product.
Noritake Factory Outlet is with high Tourist Traffic
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