3M Sri Lanka showcases innovation at US trade show

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3M Sri Lanka participated at the recently held US trade show at the Hilton Colombo. The trade show, jointly organised by the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (AmCham) and the US Embassy, provided an opportunity for businesses to promote their products and services. The event witnessed a large gathering of corporates, Government officials and members of AmCham.

Global innovations giant 3M has made its mark through the company’s culture of innovation and creative collaboration, which continuously seeks to deliver innovative, practical solutions to diverse industries worldwide. 3M broke through traditional mediums of straightforward product display and promotion by setting the backdrop and theme for its stall to reflect the company’s spirit of innovation.

“We incorporated innovative technology and used different tools to engage with visitors,” explained Suren Rajanathan, Vice President – 3M Sri Lanka. “Visitors to the stall were invited to take the 3M Innovation Challenge quiz at special kiosks, where their knowledge on inventions, inventors and 3M innovation was tested. Participants who won the challenge were duly rewarded by 3M.”

Commenting on the US Trade Show at a media briefing, AmCham President Vijaya Ratnayake stated that the United States has expressed a desire to increase more FDI flows to Sri Lanka while increasing Sri Lankan exports to the US.

“With the announcement of the national export initiatives in 2010, the United States is keen to double their exports by 2014. Sri Lankan importers could benefit by these incentives provided to US exporters by leveraging on opportunities with trading partners to source high quality products from the USA such as machinery, equipment, IT and related fields.”  AmCham Sri Lanka brings together over 344 members representing 230 leading Sri Lankan and American companies engaged in trade, business and investment activities between these two countries. A total of 26 companies participated in the US trade show.  “At a time when both countries are seeking new opportunities to further develop bilateral trade, the trade show provided a valuable opportunity for businesses to promote their products and services,” further elaborated Ratnayake.

The event, which coincided with the 20th anniversary celebrations of AmCham Sri Lanka served as a forum for companies to locate markets in a list of sectors, including imports, exports, tourism, education and investment.

3M is an innovations-focused company, on the cutting edge of science and technology, with subsidiaries in over 65 countries including Sri Lanka. The company works on 46 central technology platforms from which the majority of the products are developed.

3M drives much of its business in Sri Lanka through a network of over 30 channel partners. 3M’s solutions are available in a wide range of industries that include healthcare, safety, security and protection services, industrial and transportation business, electronics and telecommunication, consumer and office, and display and graphics.