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Arpico PVC Pipes and Fittings awarded with ISO 9001:2008 certification

From left: Mr. Lalith Wijesinghe (Director Manufacturing – Arpitech PVT LTD), Mr. Gamini Dharmawardhana (Deputy Director General – Sri Lanka Standards institute), Mr. Sunil Liyanage – (Managing Director, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector – Arpico), Mr. Shantha Kularathne (Director Distribution, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector – Arpico), Mr. Derrick Perera – (Head of Marketing – Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector – Arpico), Mr. Sanjeewa Thushara (Finance Manager, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector – Arpico), Mr. Duminda Perera (Head of Sales – Arpico Hardware Sector), Mr. Gayan Wickramaarachchi – (Business Development Manager –Arpico PVC), Mr. Tilak Premakumara (Factory Manager – Arpico PVC)
Having
established a strong corporate focus on quality and reliability across its
processes, Richard Pieris and Company PLC is one of the largest and most
successful diversified business conglomerates active in Sri Lanka. Over the
last 82 years, the company has grown to encompass a wide array of businesses
across several sectors. Its main brand Arpico, is a household name and covers a
wide variety of products and services including the production of
top-of-the-line PVC Pipes and fittings utilized across the island. In a recent
step forward on its journey to being Sri Lanka’s complete water solutions
provider, Arpico PVC was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification, in addition
to the existing certifications for SLS 147 for PVC pipes, SLS 659 for Fittings
and SLS 935 for solvent cement.

Speaking
on the accreditation and what it means to the business, Mr. Gayan
Wickramaarachchi – Business Development Manager explained, “ISO 9001:2008 is
the pinnacle world renowned system certification for the production process of
a company. This certification ensures that quality management systems are in
place, practiced and monitored throughout the production process – guaranteeing
that customers receive the highest quality products. From a company
perspective, it makes it possible for Arpico PVC to minimize wastage,
production costs and ensure that these savings translate down to customers.”

Having
obtained SLS certification since 2008 Arpico PVC pipes and fittings cater to a
wide range of corporate, industrial and domestic uses. With a distribution arm
of around 10,000 dealers island-wide, and a variety of pipes ranging from 20mm upwards,
made of the highest quality raw materials, Arpico PVC understands the
importance of exacting safety and quality standards.
Obtaining the ISO 9001:2008 also means that Arpico PVC
has been proven for its adherence to a number of quality management principles,
including a strong customer focus, strong leadership and management
involvement, a solid process approach, investment in high end technology
and skilled labor and continuous focus on improvement. With the RPC Polymers
PVT LTD (Arpico water tanks) and Arpitech PVT LTD (Arpico mattress) factories
already ISO 9001 certified, the company plans to forge ahead with plans to
invest in expanding further into the highly demanding domestic and
international markets.


Richard
Pieris and Company PLC

Richard Pieris
& Company PLC, founded in 1932 is now one of the largest and most
diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka with an asset base of over 32 billion
rupees. With its unique and acclaimed brand identity of “Arpico”, the Group
which comprises 51 subsidiaries across many sectors, has touched the lives of
all Sri Lankans over the last eight decades.
Richard Pieris
and Company PLC is also one of the largest employment providers with an
employee base of over 35,000 in the private sector. The company is a pioneer in
super markets, plantation, stock brokering, tyre, plastics and construction
industries. Richard Pieris & Company Limited is an unrivaled Sri Lankan
institution, loved and trusted by all. Spanning across the nation, it has been
able to reach urban and rural markets alike. Arpico, the primary brand name,
has become an exclusive name recognized and respected, especially by being
readily available across the island.

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