Top performing dealers for the year 2016 were fêted at the Tokyo Cement Annual Dealer Convention held on March 18th, at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
City Hardware & Stores from Jaffna won the top accolade for Best Dealer 2016, while Ancheneyer Cement & Hardware Dealers, Batticaloa and Ahila Hardware, Batticaloa won 1st and 2nd runner up awards respectively. The event filled with much lustre brought together over 300 best performing Tokyo Cement dealers across Sri Lanka, out of which over 175 were recognised for their performance during 2016.
Held under the auspices of Dr. Harsha Cabral PC, Chairman of Tokyo Cement Group and S.R. Gnanam, Managing Director of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, the Dealer Convention is the occasion where the company’s Sales Team celebrate last year’s accomplishments, with its Distribution Channel who form an integral part of the business.
The Chairman of Tokyo Cement Group, Dr. Harsha Cabral PC, addressing the distinguished gathering mentioned, “It is our dealer network that encourages us, to take every bold step we have taken so far, towards success. The confidence you have placed on us, has propelled the company to go for unmatched capacity growth with superior technology, which in turn has helped us achieve and retain the top market position with the best quality product range. It is our privilege to call you our partners. We salute you for giving us the strength to grow with you.”
S.R. Gnanam, Managing Director of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, while expressing his appreciation to the entire dealer network for their unwavering support over the years also said, “Our dealer network is the bedrock on which the company laid its foundation decades ago, and on which we continue to build our future upon. Most of our dealers have been with us from the inception of either, our business or theirs. We have seen each other grow in to who we are today, making us a very tight-knit family. And like every family, we celebrate our success together. We are humbled by your loyalty and are committed to ensure your continued business success.”
Dashantha Udawatta, Group Marketing Manager of Tokyo Cement, while extending his felicitations to all the winners went on to state, “Last year was very significant for us because we were able to achieve many of our goals. The expansion project around our fourth cement grinding mill and bulk cement manufacturing plant in Trincomalee was the biggest among those. By nearly doubling our production capacity, together we anticipate to reinforce our leadership position. With your support, we are confident of achieving this milestone.”
The Annual Dealer Convention is one of the key events of Tokyo Cement Group organises to recognise its trade channel. Other programs include the ‘Divi Shakthi’ training, conducted by the IFC, where distributors and sub-dealers take part in business training workshops for Small & Medium Enterprises. These programs equip all Tokyo Cement dealers with the necessary skills and knowledge, to help grow their businesses from being modest family-owned trades to thriving entrepreneurships. Through these activities, the company builds upon 30 years of relationships they have formed with the dealers, and strengthens the bonds of loyalty that will take, not only their respective enterprises but also, the entire industry to the next level.