J L Morison to build a State-of-the-Art New Research and Manufacturing Facility in Homagama

Sri Lanka’s first EU Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant manufacturing facility

J L Morison Son & Jones (Ceylon) PLC, the largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in Sri Lanka, is investing USD 13.5 million on a new Research and Manufacturing facility located within the SLINTEC (Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology) Park in Pitipana, Homagama. The foundation stone laying ceremony was conducted on 15th June in the presence of top management officials. The plant will be the first European Union Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant facility in the country. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to be in operation by March 2019 and will further augment the manufacturing capacity of J L Morison.

J L Morison Son & Jones (Ceylon) PLC commenced operations in Sri Lanka in 1939 and listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange in 1964. In May 2013, the Hemas Group acquired a controlling stake of the company. Today, it is a fully Sri Lankan owned company with over seven decades of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and renowned over-the-counter brands such as Morison’s Gripe Mixture, Lacto Calamine, and Valmelix, amongst others. The manufacturing process maintains stringent quality standards and is in compliance with the recognised pharmacopeia specifications and good manufacturing practices, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

The global Pharmaceutical industry is one of the fastest growing industries, which over the last decade, has grown steadily at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.8%.  The stable growth trajectory is expected to continue and reach USD 1.4 trillion by 2020. The rise of “Pharmerging Markets” which is expected to reach 350 billion dollars by 2020 is one key trend seen abetting this growth.

Managing Director, Trihan Perera of J L Morison Son & Jones (Ceylon) PLC said, “The new Research and Manufacturing facility marks an exciting new era for J L Morison and is also significantly, a key milestone for the industry. The facility will create employment for over 200 skilled and semi-skilled persons. It will enhance the use of new technology in the industry and facilitate a modern and technologically-advanced workplace for our employees. Most importantly, the establishment will focus on increasing the availability of an even wider range of high quality, efficacious pharmaceuticals in the country, thereby enhancing our self-sufficiency. This will help save valuable foreign exchange over the years and help bolster our nation’s foreign exchange earnings through exports. We thereby envision a multitude of benefits for all our valued stakeholders and the nation as a whole as a result of this operation. Every great journey begins with the first step. Today, we take that first step with revitalised aspirations, courage and commitment.”

He also stated that the new facility will contribute significantly in achieving a near self-sufficiency in pharmaceuticals, while creating a stronger footprint in exports.  A globally significant pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Sri Lanka will be able to better support a robust national health policy that will benefit all Sri Lankans.

Driven by the increase in global trade in pharmaceutical products and the subsequent complex technical regulations related to medical safety and quality, there has been a push towards the harmonisation of international pharmaceutical guidelines and regulations by intergovernmental organisations at regional and international levels. Thus, the partnership with SLINTEC is expected to drive cutting edge innovation through both Nano and Bio technology in creating innovative and effective pharmaceuticals, enabling Sri Lanka to be ready to compete in the global pharmaceutical arena.

J L Morison Son & Jones (Ceylon) PLC is a subsidiary of diversified conglomerate Hemas Holdings PLC, listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange with a focus on Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Transportation, and Leisure.

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‘Hemas Cash Back’ VAT Reclaim Service helps travellers transform trash into cash

Hemas Travels, the local representative for Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), the global travel management company with representation in over 120 countries, has been appointed the official representative for the Cash Back, the VAT reclaim organisation with its Head Office in Switzerland.

“Hemas is delighted to have been given the rights to market and sell the Cash Back VAT reclaim services in the local market in order to significantly reduce our clients travel costs”, said Amila Gunawardana, Manager in Charge of Hemas Cash Back.

Each year, businesses in the region spend millions in VAT on services supplied in UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. It includes VAT charged on hotel accommodation, entertainment, telephone calls, travel, transportation, training, conferences, meetings and events, exhibitions, as well as other services. Recovering VAT on these types of services represents a significant cost saving when it is refunded to companies by Hemas Cash Back.

With the Hemas Cash Back tie-up, corporate organisations based in Sri Lanka can reclaim what is rightfully theirs in terms of VAT refunds for all travel and related costs incurred during business trips made in the above markets.

You could say that Hemas Cash Back simply turns your trash into cash.  These two giants, Hemas and United Cash Back with their 60 and 30 years travel and VAT reclaim experience respectively, together offer end-to-end solutions for businesses, helping to reduce a company’s expenses by managing their VAT expenditure on travel costs.  Together there is also the opportunity to consolidate the total VAT reclaim process regionally for larger organisations.

“We at Hemas Travels are positive that our corporate travel solution services with HRG will be further enhanced by the network partnership with Cash Back. By offering this unique VAT Reclaim service to our clients we feel privileged to be part of a scheme that will enable our corporates to get back what is rightfully theirs. After all we are talking about a lot of money which companies are losing today by leaving it at the tax authorities across Europe”, Gunawardana added.

“Cash Back is proud to be associated with Hemas, one of Sri Lanka’s largest award winning, IATA accredited travel agencies”, said Jane Holmberg, Head of United Cash Back Operations. This Cash Back appointment with Hemas enables travellers to experience a first class travel service with the added benefit of knowing that they can reduce their foreign travel budget by as much as 20% through reclaiming the VAT that is rightfully theirs”.

“As HRG’s representative in Sri Lanka, Hemas Travels has always set the local benchmark for corporate travellers to experience the best of what any global business travel agent has to offer. This partnership is further testimony to this as HRG Sri Lanka adds to the list of reasons why they should be the corporate travel agent of choice in Sri Lanka”, said Fahim Jalali, Regional Head for HRG and Cash Back across Middle East, West Asia and North Africa.

The process is simple, Hemas Cash Back simply registers each client and collects their original invoices for submission to the relevant tax authorities, providing regular updates on the status of each claim, all working to ensure that maximum refunds are reclaimed for the client’s business.

“With this truly win-win proposition there is nothing to lose especially due to a no-refund no-fee policy which transforms a client’s otherwise valueless invoices into a significant source of income. It has never been easier for a company to significantly reduce its costs at no extra expense. The senior management of Hemas is really excited about the prospect of this new agency and how it can help Sri Lankan businesses”, Gunawardana concluded.

Malinga Arsakularatne (Managing Director – Hemas Leisure, Travel and Aviation Group), Riza  Ahamat (Director – Hemas Travels (    Pvt) Ltd), Amila Gunawardana (Manager Hemas Cash Back), Jane Holmberg (Head of Network Operations – Cash Back Switzerland), Harith Perera (Director Hemas Travel Cluster) and Asitha Amerasinghe (Manager, Business Development – Hemas Travels (Pvt) Ltd).


Hemas Vesak Lantern for the 20th Consecutive Year

The Hemas Vesak Lantern which is now a landmark at Braybrooke Place in Colombo  since 1998, was ceremonially inaugurated by the Ven. Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Hunupitiya Gangarama temple on 8th  May 2017.  This Vesak Lantern will be on display till 13th  May at Hemas House, 75, Braybrooke place, Colombo 2.


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Launch of official website for Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe

Hemas together with Department of Wild life and Conservation launches official website for Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe

2Picture 1: Abhiman’ the baby elephant adopted by Hemas Green Club at the ETH.


Picture 2: Launch of ETH website by Director General Department of Wildlife Conservation Mr. W.Pathirana
An official website for the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawe, hosted through the Department of Wildlife & Conservation (DWC), and developed and sponsored by the Hemas Holding was launched at the Hemas House among a distinguish gathering from the ministry of Wildlife, the Department of Wildlife and the Directors of Hemas. This follows a dire need to bring greater awareness among both the local and international community of this world renowned rehabilitation programme.

Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawa is the first and one of its kind in Asia, and the second such rehabilitation programme in the world for orphaned little elephants. The ETH gives an opportunity to these orphaned little elephants to continue living free.

The Elephant Transit Home (ETH) situated close to the Udawalawe National Park, was opened in 1995 as a rehabilitation centre for orphaned little elephants in Sri Lanka.  The first little elephant inmate was named Komali. Since its inception this transit home has been a shelter for  around 300 orphaned elephants.

They are brought from different parts of the island and looked after at the ETH until they are of an age or fit to survive on their own and then released back into the wilds – to where they belong. While at the ETH, they are nourished, comforted and looked after with love and care, while at the same time with minimum human contact to facilitate easy re-integration into the wilds. This is due to the fact that the ETH’s ultimate goal is that, once released, these elephants need to be able to join a herd and live a life as any other elephant born in the wilds would enjoy.

This website www.eth.dwc.gov.lk which was solely developed and sponsored by the members of Hemas Green Club showcases a gallery of four short videos sponsored by Hemas Leisure, Travel and Aviation. This is a ‘must see’, for everyone with a soft corner for elephants. It gives an insight into the working of the ETH since its inception, a few success stories of the rehabilitation, and what goes on behind the scenes to maintain and look after these little elephants.

A special page has been allocated to Namal, the five year-old elephant who lives at the ETH. Namal is very unique since he is the first ever elephant in the world to have a prosthetic hind leg. Once again the ETH creates history by providing a prosthetic hind leg and giving this elephant a second chance in life.

Once you have browsed this site, we have no doubt that you will look for the Donation Page, for ways and means by which one can contribute towards this worthy cause.  Sponsorship of orphaned elephants, donations in cash, equipment for the ETH or volunteer service is listed in the ‘Wish List’ of the ETH.

Hemas, through its Green Club, has taken it upon itself to sponsor a little orphaned elephant named ‘Abiman’. Little ‘Abiman’, now aged two years, is still under the safe protection at the ETH. His name is derived from ‘Abimana’ which is the Hemas core value programme for its staff.  The Hemas Green Club comprises a dedicated team of staff members whose main focus is to protect our environment in whatever way we can. Along with the sponsorship of little ‘Abhiman’’, they have also successfully embarked on tree planting, recycling of e-waste and many other initiatives including nature treks to encourage their membership.

Rehabilitation programmes such as the ETH, and conservation efforts in Sri Lanka will be given a boost with the launch of this official website. The Hemas Green Club is proud to be associated with this project and thankful to the Department for giving them this opportunity to help a worthy cause.

Please visit the website www.eth.dwc.gov.lk If passing Udawalawe please drop in at the ETH and experience heart-warming scenes of the feeding of milk to these little elephants which takes places  at 0900am, 1200 noon, 1500hrs and 1800hrs daily .


Hemas and GAC to Build a World-class Integrated Logistics Facility in Muthurajawela Industrial Zone

Colombo. Friday 27 January 2017:  Hemas together with the GAC Group Sri Lanka are to build a modern integrated logistics facility in the Muthurajawela Industrial Zone, with a state-of-the-art distribution centre, container yard and a warehouse facility that spreads across 15 acres. It is the pioneering initiative of the first phase of the Logistics City, designed with the objective of providing latest facilities to achieve higher levels of efficiency related to technology, transportation and logistics in the process of national development by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development.

Hemas and GAC to Build a World-class Integrated Logistics Facility in Muthurajawela Industrial ZoneThe ground-breaking ceremony held on 27th of January was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe and Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development. The event was also graced by Hon. John Amaratunga, Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Hon. Sudharshani Fernandopulle, Hon. Nimal Lansa, and Hon. Kavinda Jayawardena and Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawaynna, Deputy Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, on the invitation of Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. The facility is expected to be in operation by early June 2017 and the Distribution Centre will be operational in February 2018.

Managing Director of Hemas Logistics and Maritime Sector, Ms. Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson said, “Hemas Logistics commenced its operations in September 2010 and over the years made giant strides in diversifying its operations portfolio into warehousing, container depot, car carriers and the movement of over dimensional cargos, 3PL operations, customs brokering and allied services. Hemas is also a key player in the maritime sector being appointed as the general agent for Evergreen Lines in Sri Lanka and engaging in other allied services. As our next venture in developing our logistics strength further, we have partnered with GAC Group Sri Lanka, an internationally recognised company in the shipping, marine services and logistics industry. Through this joint venture we aspire to provide total solutions to the Sri Lankan exporters and importers and developing Entreport business, supporting the intent of making Sri Lanka the maritime and logistics hub in Asia”

Mr. Mahesh Kurukulasuriya, the Managing Director of GAC Group Sri Lanka, expressed his excitement over the new project saying, “GAC always prides itself in innovation and providing high quality solutions to our customers. The GAC Group has globally established a long-standing record in warehouse design, management and operations, with its world-class facilities spread across the Middle East, Asia, Indian subcontinent and Europe, occupied with full-fledged logistics and distribution capabilities. Our operations incorporate modern hardware and software for warehousing and transport management, order processing and complete supply chain visibility. In Sri Lanka, together with GAC’s local partner McLarens Group, we have established ourselves as the pioneer and the market leader in shipping, marine, and oil and gas sectors. We believe that through this strategic partnership with the Hemas Group, we will together be able to capitalise on the growing domestic supply chain and logistics market using our international strengths.”

This new Integrated Logistics facility will be equipped with the latest reach stackers in operation with the support of a cutting-edge IT platform aimed at innovating Sri Lanka’s first-ever logistics system connected to the processes of advanced technology solutions. It will consist of a modern Container Terminal with the capacity of 6,000 TEU with 7 high container stacking and a warehousing and

Distribution Centre offering Third Party Logistics (3PL) services.

The Container Depot will have Sri Lanka’s first-ever user experience such as, two-way approach to stacks and dual in and out gate that operates independently. The facility has the services of Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) certified container inspectors, to survey the containers entering the depot in order to set global bench marking standards.

The Distribution Centre will be a state of the art 22,000 pallet position warehousing with both ambient and temperature controlled facilities. Global best practices in layout design, dock efficiency, pallet racking and material handling equipment will be incorporated to enable agile and scalable logistics solutions. The entire distribution centre operation will run on an integrated IT platform with warehouse management, distribution management and yard management with barcode and RFID enabled infrastructure.

“We are excited about setting up this modern logistics hub which will be a first-ever technologically advanced facility in the country servicing both local and regional needs in logistics offerings. This advanced warehousing and distribution centre, having Integrated Logistics services will deliver ‘just in time’ supply chain management solutions to its stakeholders. The facility will also have a water treatment plant to ensure the water released from the premises meets all environmental requirements and guidelines” said Mr. Niranjan Nallaratnam, CEO of the new venture

Mr. Imtiaz Esufally, Chairman of the joint venture said, “The collaboration between Hemas, GAC and McLaren’s bring together one of the largest integrated providers of shipping, logistics and marine-related service organisations,  leveraging on a  strong Sri Lankan foot print and having a large global reach through the  operation of over 300 offices in more than 50 countries and with trusted partners to cover over 1,000 locations worldwide.”

Mrs. Shehara Jayawardana, Group Joint Managing Director of McLarens Group said, “McLarens Group is very optimistic about this strategic venture between GAC Group Sri Lanka and Hemas group, and the Group will continue to extend its support to this partnership, which we believe will be an entity that will bring benefits to all partners, and the industry as a whole.”

The Hemas Group is one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka, listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange with a focus on Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Transportation, and Leisure. GAC Group Sri Lanka is the leading ship agent in Sri Lanka, offering a full range of professional shipping, marine and logistics services, and is partnered locally with McLarens Group; a diversified conglomerate with its Group portfolio comprising of Shipping and Marine Services, Logistics, supply of Lubricants, Oil and Gas support services, Bunkering services, Automotive distribution, Trading, Manufacturing, Property Development as well as the Hotels Sector.


Hemas Aviation appointed as GSA for EVA Air

18th January 2017, Colombo: EVA Air, the award winning airline based in Taiwan, has awarded Hemas Aviation as the General Sales Agent (GSA) for Passenger and Cargo representation in Sri Lanka with effect from 1st January 2017.

The opening of the EVA Air office at Hemas Building Fort took place on 2nd January 2017.

Eva Air 1 Hemas Aviation will leverage its extensive travel industry knowledge, and deep agency network relationships, to drive growth of EVA Air and will be handling both the Passenger and Cargo sales, reservations, marketing, distribution and creating brand awareness. EVA Air being a premium product will provide wide options for passenger travel and cargo connectivity to Taiwan and the Asia pacific region and would extend their reach to the US market as well, with good connections via Taipei.

Founded in March 1989, EVA Air is the sister company of Evergreen Marine Corporation, a world famous shipping line in terms of container operations.  Since the inauguration of its maiden flight on July 01, 1991, EVA Air is currently serving 63 destinations over four continents with 76 aircraft and is steadily expanding its operation network and fleet.

Eva Air 2Building on their commitment to quality service and safety for more than 25 years, EVA Air is rated as a 5-Star Airline by international quality ratings organization SKYTRAX. In addition to its 5-Star Rating, SKYTRAX ranked EVA as the carrier with the Best Airline Staff Service in Asia in its 2012 Awards Survey, the number one airline for “Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness” in 2015, “Best Trans-Pacific Airline” and “Best Business Class Comforts and Amenities ” for 2016, and among the “World’s Top-10 Best Airlines” in 2015 and 2016. AirlineRatings.com recognized EVA as a carrier of choice among the “World’s Top-10 Airlines” for 2015 and 2016 and rated its Elite and Economy Classes in the world’s top-10 “best for economy plus and economy class travel for 2015.” Travel + Leisure readers ranked EVA among the World’s Best Top 10 International Airlines in 2012 and 2016.

Hemas  is one of  the leaders in Sri Lanka’s Airline and Travel related distribution, and has leveraged its deep industry insights and has expanded into the region.

The Hemas Group is one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka, listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange with a focus on Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Transportation, and Leisure.


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