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Science and Environment/Energy
Background to the largest engineering enterprise in the country The Ceylon Electricity Board is, I believe, the largest single engineering entity in the country in terms of professional engineers employed and asset capitalisation. It is the guardian of a vital public good, electricity, and one whose delivery involves the most sophisticated technological challenge of all of Lanka’s engineering and industrial activities. I had the honour to deliver the 2009 Wimalasurendra Memorial Lecture at the Institution of Engineers (Sri Lanka) on 17 September and I will devote my columns this week and the next to edited and collated extracts chosen to be of public interest. The theme of the material I have chosen for these two pieces (the lecture itself went beyond these themes to deal with environmental and social questions) is reform of the electricity supply industry in the light of the sector’s own problems and worldwide advances in this industry.
Sunday, 12 December 2010 | 1289 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Science and Environment/Industry
An Association of leading mould and die makers in Sri Lanka was formed in August 2005 with the blessings of the Industries Ministry primarily to enhance the quality and the number of moulds and dies made in Sri Lanka. A mould or a die is a key component used in almost all the manufacturing industries to enhance its production capability. A mould or a die is needed to manufacture any component from a safety pin to a sophisticated component used in aerospace industry. If you have a look around you, telephones, computers, automobiles, washing machines, cellular phones, soap tablets or a chocolate slab, an endless list of articles, are made economically using dies and moulds. It is calculated that around 15,000 to 30,000 moulds and dies are employed for the production of several parts assembled in an automobile.That alone will give the reader an idea of the demand for moulds and dies globally. Sri Lanka being a small economy compared with the global scenario needs to boost its mould and die making capacity if it is to become a prominent stakeholder in global economy.
Thursday, 04 November 2010 | 1118 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more