Eran Wickramaratne, Member of Parliament and Gamini Gunasekera, Chairman of the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries, handing over the award to Rathnapala Samaraweera, Chairman of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories
Malian Biscuit Manufactories was placed at the helm of success at the 14th CNCI Achiever Industrial Excellence Awards organized by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries.
The award ceremony took place at the Galadari hotel on the 03rd September and was graced by many distinguished guests from industries in manufacturing and service sectors in Sri Lanka.
Maliban emerged victorious, winning the Gold Award of the Manufacturing National Level Extra Large Category for the third consecutive time. This simultaneously entitled the company to win the Crystal Award of the same category awarded for the three-time consecutive gold award winner of the CNCI Achiever Awards. The Crystal Award, considered as a lifetime achievement for a manufacturer at this award ceremony, is considered as the highest fete that is awarded by CNCI. Further, the pioneering biscuit manufacturer was also adjudged the first of the Top 10 manufacturers of the Extra Large Category, another feather in their cap.
Sharing her thoughts on Maliban’s astounding success at the CNCI Achiever Awards, Kumudika Fernando, Managing Director of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories said, “we are indeed very proud to be recognized as the crystal award winner at the 14th CNCI Awards. This achievement would have not been possible without our Chairman A G R Samaraweera. His guidance and futuristic vision has been an inspiration for our employees to work as one united team. This award is extra special because we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the company this year. We are a trusted company among consumers and have always been loyal to them. All of our products meet all parameters set by the company achieving a 100 percent rate in terms of customer satisfaction. These measures have helped Maliban to receive the world recognized FDA certification last year.”
The CNCI Achiever Industrial Excellence Awards is held annually to recognize the operational and manufacturing excellence achieved by local enterprises in the industry, manufacturing and service sectors.
Sharing her views Warna Fernando, General Manager (Research and Development and Quality Assurance) stated, “We have come a long way to achieve growth in the overall performance of the company by introducing new products, which are new to their categories and have made improvements to the existing products after considering customers’ suggestions and feedback. We maintain and adhere to strict quality control measures in all areas of production and these have resulted in enhancing the overall performance of the company.”
Initiated in 1954 by late Chairman A G Hiniappuhamy, Maliban Biscuit Manufactories has grown from strength to strength in the past 60 years to become one of the leading biscuit manufactories in Sri Lanka. At the core of their success is the meticulous attention to provide the best quality and taste for the nation.
Equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery, equipment, infrastructure and a skilled workforce, Maliban has been able to make strides in the biscuit manufacturing field. As a testament to their excellence they have won many awards in the national and international arena, which include the National Quality Award in 1996 and 2012, Export Gold Award 2011, 2012 and 2013 and Global Performance Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to name a few. Furthermore, Maliban is armed with ISO 9001:2008, 14001:2004 and 22000:2005 for quality, environment and food safety management systems respectively.
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