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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Hemas continues to grow its earnings reporting 47% growth for the first half of the year

During the first six months of FY 2016/17, Hemas Holdings PLC (HHL) and its subsidiaries achieved a consolidated revenue of Rs.20.6Bn, year-on-year (YoY) growth of 12.1%, operating profit reached Rs.2.1Bn and earnings Rs.1.5Bn, growth of 28.9% and 47.0% respectively. Overall the Group has grown well despite lower than expected economic growth at 3.9%, unfavorable weather conditions, VAT uncertainty, and increasing inflation resulting in weakened domestic consumer demand.

Our Consumer business recorded a topline of Rs.8.4Bn for the first six months, a 13.1% YoY increase over the previous financial year. Operating profits were Rs.1.2Bn, 45.8% YoY growth, whilst earnings grew at 53.3% to stand at Rs.942Mn. Our local consumer sector growth is driven by market share improvement in our personal care and personal wash portfolio. Further, relatively benign commodity prices during the first half of the year contributed towards the sector gross margin improvement. Bangladesh Consumer sector growth was mainly driven by extended reach attained through our own distribution channels and strong marketing activities. We have also introduced our latest product “Kumarika Facewash” in the Bangladesh market.

Consolidated healthcare sector revenue for the first six months stood at Rs.9.2Bn, a YoY increase of 17.3% whilst earnings grew at 30.3%, to Rs. 643Mn. Hemas pharmaceutical distribution operation recorded a solid performance over last year including improved market share. During the period under review, Hemas Hospital Wattala added a new wing with a dedicated surgical ward comprising of 27 rooms in addition to an expanded dialysis centre. Parallel to the new opening, we launched our advanced Gastroenterology Centre and a range of new surgical specialties ranging from urology and ENT, to orthopedics, in addition to the installation of its latest state-of-the-art 128 slice CT scanner.

J. L. Morison posted a YoY growth of 6.7% and earnings growth of 21.8% for the six months ended September 30, 2016. Our Rx Pharma portfolio continued to do well benefiting from new product launches. With a view to increasing our focus on our healthcare portfolio, we have exited from the agricultural supply operations which have been part of J. L. Morison’s for many years.

Our Leisure, Travel and Aviation (LTA) business recorded a total revenue of Rs.1.8Bn, reflecting an 8.4% YoY growth for the first six months. Hotels sector recorded a revenue growth of 5.4% over last year recording a topline of Rs.754Mn. LTA experienced a decline in segmental profitability during the first six month compounded by losses at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort which is in its first full year of operations. The latest addition to our leisure portfolio is Anantara Kalutara, opened in September in which we have a 12% shareholding. We continue our efforts to enhance and develop the luxury travel market in Sri Lanka through our close relationship with Minor Group. Travel and Aviation segment continued to show mixed results with some GSAs showing improvements in both yields and number of passengers handled while others faced competitive operating environments. As a result, the segment recorded a decline in revenues of 1.5%.

Hemas maritime and logistics recorded growth of 93.3% over last year recording a topline of Rs. 841Mn. This growth has been driven by our new maritime agency, Evergreen. The acquisition of this agency gives us a stronger position in the logistics and maritime space an area where we are now planning to expand further.
We anticipate a challenging second half for our businesses with increased VAT rates, the introduction of VAT at hospitals, the runway refurbishment impacting travel and leisure and the recent price controls imposed on pharmaceuticals. As ever the team is ready and prepared to respond to these challenges.


‘AYATI’ National Centre of Excellence to be built in Sri Lanka

First National Centre for Children with Disabilities to be constructed at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya in Ragama

hemas-ayati-logo19th September 2016, Colombo: In an effort to improve the quality of life and independence of children with disabilities, special needs and learning disabilities, Hemas Holdings PLC together with the Kelaniya Faculty of Medicine, announced the launch of their latest social responsibility initiative, ‘AYATI’ – a center of excellence for children with disabilities. The name AYATI is derived from the Sanskrit language and means ‘hope’.

The AYATI center will provide opportunities and hope for children with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential and be fully integrated into our society. This initiative will address a burning national issue prevailing in the country, by establishing a national center of excellence to provide these children with multidisciplinary care.

The center will be set up at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya at Ragama, as it is the only medical faculty in the entire Asian region that has a Department of Disability Studies, which offers a multidisciplinary team for the care of children with disabilities.  It is also easily accessible by public transport as both the railway and bus stations are in close proximity to the Faculty premises.

hemas-ayati-center-1Shedding light on the current plight of this National issue, Prof. Nilanthi de Silva, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya said, “Disabilities are on the rise worldwide for multiple reasons. I am glad that we have launched this project to address a national need in the country with a vision to enable children with disabilities to reach their unique potential. At present we run a small clinic with minimum facilities where approximately 1,500 children are registered. The proposed center will deliver services to a larger community, providing initial assessment followed by interventional therapy where necessary, along with basic vocational training and life skills. Medical assessment, speech and language therapy, audiology and occupational therapy as well as physiotherapy, will be available at the Centre under one roof.

Prof. Nilanthi de Silva further added, “We are also fortunate to receive a proper training and re-search facility. This will definitely enhance the experience of many undergraduates and regular foreign graduates who visit the University as well as the lives of a lot of parents who have children with disabilities, and the children themselves. The transformation factor of this initiative is that it will be the first national centre of this nature.”

While enabling such children to reach their unique potential, it is expected that AYATI will also provide training to parents and service providers such as midwives, preschool teachers and primary teachers. The center will also be affiliated with other recognized institutes in Sri Lanka, thus providing parents with the opportunity to receive further referrals or treatment etc.

The proposed AYATI center designed by renowned Architect Mr. Channa Daswatte is spread across 1.5 acres in Ragama with a 42.000 sq.ft floor area. It is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 350 million. The centre will function as a hub with connected spokes to the peripheries within the 25 districts in Sri Lanka and will pioneer the provision of telemedicine to distant centers within low-resource areas during the initial phase.

“We initiated the AYATI project due to the success of our primary CSR project ‘Piyawara’ which was launched in 2002 in partnership with the Ministry of Women & Child Affairs focusing on Early Childhood Development in Sri Lanka. ‘Piyawara’ has now become a National Project with 41 Pre-schools Island wide and more in the pipeline. There are currently over 100 teachers and approximately 3,500 children in ‘Piyawara’ pre-schools.  Over the years it has grown in stature and impact to become one of Sri Lanka’s most successful public private partnerships. The confidence and trust gained through our partnership with the Government led us to initiate a project of this nature to address the burning issues of children with disabilities,” said Mr. Abbas Esufally, Group Director, Hemas Holdings PLC and Chairperson, Hemas Outreach Foundation.

The center will be managed by an eminent Board of Trustees chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya.  An independent accountancy firm will be appointed to be the Fund Manager and Ernst & Young will be the auditors.

“Our aim is to play our part in ensuring equal access to education, healthcare, social participation and employment for children with learning disabilities in Sri Lanka.  While a significant amount of  capital for the proposed AYATI center will be funded by Hemas, we invite all other corporates and business partners to join us and be a part of this much needed facility in Sri Lanka,”  said Steven Enderby, CEO Hemas Holdings PLC.

This project will also have the support from the cricketing legends Kumar Sangakkara and Roshan Mahanama who will play a crucial role as AYATI trustees in joining the national campaign to speak out against the stigma associated with disability in children and bring in the necessary support in order to construct the facility.

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