Noritake clinches Silver at National Productivity Awards

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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.