Swisstek Aluminium ranked among CPM’s Top 10 Companies with the ‘Best Management Practices’

Swisstek Aluminium Ltd. was recently ranked among Sri Lanka’s top 10 best-managed companies in the list compiled by the Institute of Chartered Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (CPM), for the period 2020-2021.

At the CPM’s ‘Best Management Practices Awards 2022’, held under the theme ‘Back to Business in the New Normal’, Swisstek Aluminium emerged as a winner of the prestigious ‘Top 10’ awards, which evaluated entries from multiple industries in all categories to recognise those that implemented the most exemplary management practices in the country.

The event saw CPM calling for Sri Lankan firms to submit applications showcasing the resilient management practices they implemented during the especially tough years of 2020 and 2021, when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak. To demonstrate how they brought their respective organisations back to business in the new normal, applicants were required to submit a document summarising the best practices they implemented during the period, as well as a presentation before a panel of judges.

Swisstek Aluminium’s submission highlighted the management practices implemented in the fields of IT, finance, marketing, engineering, and HR.

A key measure taken by the company in this regard was to immediately set up an in-house task force comprising the firm's top talent to efficiently manage projects under direct guidance of the management.

Meanwhile, all operations were reorganized to allow the business to function with a minimal workforce, thus improving efficiency while allowing health safety to be maintained.

At the same time, the company took steps to ensure the safety of employees and provide them the reassurance that their jobs and health would be secured. In this regard, Swisstek Aluminium worked with Medical Officers of Health and Public Health Inspectors to educate employees on health safety measures, while also implementing a 'gate-to-gate care protocol' to prevent any infections. The company also provided care packages to any quarantined employees' families, as well as to the nearby village.

Another unique measure undertaken by Swisstek Aluminium was the development of its own disinfection chambers, which it subsequently made available to other businesses and even exported to other countries.

These management practices resulted in Swisstek Aluminium surpassing production yields of international firms, while generating cost considerable savings, and ensuring the safety of stakeholders across the board, earning the company its spot among the ten best managed firms in the nation.

Commenting on the win, Swisstek Aluminium Chief Executive Officer Tharindu Atapattu stated: “This award is a testament to the company-wide effort made to overcome the effects of the pandemic. Thanks to the dedicated work put in by our team, we not only ensured continued business operations, but also managed to grow stronger and establish ourselves as the most trusted premium Aluminium solutions provider in Sri Lanka, despite the severe economic challenges presented by the pandemic.”

Swisstek Aluminium Ltd., established in 2009, is a subsidiary of Lanka Walltiles PLC which comes under the reputed Vallibel One PLC Group. It has established itself as the leading environmentally-friendly manufacturer of anodised, powder-coated, and mill-finished aluminium extrusions in Sri Lanka, with a reputation for high-quality products, innovation, and commitment to excellence.