Creating history, Dankotuwa Porcelain Plc produced the three ERI trophies for the West Indies – Sri Lanka cricket series in porcelain with gold and platinum coating. This is believed to be the first time that a trophy has been produced in porcelain.“The challenge to produce a trophy in porcelain was given to us by our new parent company ERI just a few days ago.
Being a creative company having a talented set of people, we took up the challenge and a team from design, modeling, casting, forming, firing, glazing, printing and decoration departments led by Dr. Farook, GM (Technical) and produced an amazing result,” said Chairman of the Company Sunil G. Wijesinha.Wijesinha who was at the launch of the test trophy and press conference at Cinnamon Grand on Tuesday also commented that the best compliment was from the West Indies captain who commented, before answering the first question directed at him, that it was a “beautiful trophy”. When the trophy was launched and came into view amidst a cloud of smoke there were many gasps heard from the audience.
ERI comes out with very creative ideas and although Dankotuwa had no experience with previous porcelain trophies and hardly any time to research, a special team from several departments came together, and planned it.
“We were able to create this wonderful piece of art due to the creativity of the staff, the passion to produce something unique and our wonderful team spirit,” said Dr. Farook adding that now, inspired by the porcelain trophy, many of the employees want to attend the matches.
Unlike most other metal trophies this trophy needs very little care since the gold will not tarnish. It only needs a cleaning with a soft cloth once in a while. Dankotuwa specialises in custom made products and caters to niche markets and is not a volume player in the porcelain tableware business.