Uli Gwinner - Steelcase, Asia Pacific President
Steelcase, the global leader in office furniture and innovative workspace solutions, today announced the opening of its first dealer showroom in Sri Lanka. Developed in partnership with Widac Commercial Interiors, the new showroom in downtown Colombo further strengthens the presence of Steelcase in the Asia-Pacific region, adding to a comprehensive network of showrooms in major cities and markets throughout the region, including India, China, Singapore, Japan and Australia.
The showroom opening highlights the company’s commitment to supporting local and international clients in markets around the world, and the growth in business opportunities it sees in the Sri Lanka market. It is a strong indicator of the country’s growing importance as an economic hub in the region, attracting investments from global brands.
Primal R. Wijenayake - Widac Commercial Interiors, Chairman
The new showroom gives local and international businesses in Sri Lanka access to the latest Steelcase workplace research, knowledge and solutions from around the world, as well as a comprehensive range of workplace furniture to meet the needs of growing businesses. Steelcase is at the forefront of research about the ways people actually work in today’s fast-paced business world, applying decades of knowledge and experience to help businesses to drive innovation and boost employee productivity and wellness.
Through its architecture, furniture and technology solutions, Steelcase helps organizations create workplaces that support a great work experience and evolve the way they work, while optimizing the use of space. In Sri Lanka, it will initially engage in different industries.
Commenting on Steelcase’s entry into Sri Lanka, Uli Gwinner – President, Steelcase Asia Pacific said:“We are pleased to receive such a warm welcome into Sri Lanka. I am confident Steelcase can help businesses in Sri Lanka boost the performance of its people and organizations. We look forward to working with Widac Commercial Interiors to share our deep knowledge and expertise in work and workplaces, to boost productivity, efficiency and employee wellbeing. There is a strong awareness in Sri Lanka of the need to utilize the workplace to support individuals, teams and organizations to thrive and grow, and to retain talent. Steelcase can help play a vital role in this, and we look forward to a rewarding relationship with retail and corporate clients in Sri Lanka.”
Praveen Rawal – Steelcase Asia Pacific Managing Director India and SEA
A recent 14-country Gallup Study conducted in collaboration with the global market research firm IPSOS, found nearly a quarter of the world’s 1.3 billion full-time employees are actively disengaged in their work, outnumbering their engaged colleagues by nearly 1:2. The study revealed there is a direct correlation between employee engagement and work environment. The more satisfied an employee is, the more likely he or she is to be highly engaged.
Uli Gwinnerexplains : “In an interconnected business world that is undergoing constant change, with the ability for individuals and teams to work anywhere, anytime, around the world, the ways people work and the workplace they need to support them to be their most productive and successful is rapidly evolving. We are happy to work with Widac, who has valuable experience in designing workplaces in Sri Lanka, to provide the optimum workplace solutions and furniture to our customers.”
Welcoming the partnership with Steelcase, Primal Wijayanayake – Chairman, Widac Commercial Interiors said: “We are delighted to partner with Steelcase, a world leader in the design and manufacture of furniture for commercial workplaces. Our joint synergies will contribute to new designs and enhance productivity in Sri Lankan workplaces. Widac is already deeply engaged in designing commercial interiors, and I believe this partnership will add immense value to workplaces in the country. Employee engagement and wellbeing are issues of growing importance for companies, and we look forward to offering them our expert solutions to address their needs.”