Samudra Cement consolidates quality standards

Samudra Cement Company Lanka (Pvt) Limited (SCCL), a subsidiary of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) Limited said the ownership of the most efficient and sophisticated cement terminal in the country enabled the Company to obtain the International Quality Management Systems Certificate - ISO 9001:2000, a company official said.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited certification was awarded to the SCCL by Certification International (UK) Limited, through its local representative, Quality International Certification Services (Pvt) Limited at a function held at Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo recently, the official said..

Srilal de Silva, President, Sri Lanka Association for Quality speaking at the function said, "I am confident that Samudra will reach greater heights in production and marketing with their fully committed staff along with this International Certification for Quality Management Systems".

The Joint Managing Director Yanagihara expressed his confidence in achieving near zero defect standard similar to what he experiences back at home in Japan.

Samudra Cement was awarded the SLS - 107 last year and imported materials only from Indonesia, which is considered as one of the best manufacturers of quality cement in the world. The high quality limestone deposits of Indonesia confirm this fact, Yanagihara said.

Before the ship is loaded in Indonesia, the manufacturer's quality certificate and the independent test certificate of an accredited laboratory in Indonesia, are obtained based on pre-shipment samples, he added.

Once the shipment arrives at Colombo samples are drawn by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute. In addition every month a sample is tested at the Industrial Technologies Institute (ITI) for physical analysis and every quarter for chemical analysis, he said.

Samudra Cement Company have been selected by many major projects in Sri Lanka as the sole supplier of cement due to its consistence in quality as well as dependability on service, he added.

The SCCL is a subsidiary of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) Pvt Limited, which is a listed Company in Sri Lanka at the Colombo Stock Exchange. Tokyo Cement is a joint venture between Mitsu Mining Limited, Japan and St. Anthony’s Consolidated (Pvt) Limited, Sri Lanka, which markets Mitsu, Atlas and Henode brands of cement in Sri Lanka, an official said.

The Tokyo Cement is the first cement company to obtain SLS-107 and ISO 9002 in Sri Lanka and also to achieve ISO 14001, Environment Management System Certificate the first ever by a Sri Lankan company in any field, the official added.