ISELIN, NJ, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Ansell, a global leader in protection
solutions, announces that the recently constructed 16,000 square foot
state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) facility in the
Biyagama Export Zone outside Colombo, Sri Lanka is now fully
operational. The Sri Lanka R&D center is the fourth center of
excellence Ansell has installed-adding to its existing Malaysia, Mexico
and North America-based centers. The investment in additional R&D
resources and the decision to create and co-locate its R&D centers with
the Ansell manufacturing structure underline the company's commitment
to accelerate innovation and to faster serve the emerging unmet needs
of customers worldwide.
"Ansell has a long track record of manufacturing high quality industrial
and medical products in Sri Lanka, and new product development will now
complement manufacturing and expand our presence in the region," said
Magnus Nicolin, Managing Director and CEO of Ansell Limited, "This is a
measure of the confidence in and commitment of Ansell to the talent and
future of Sri Lanka."
In total, 30 science and technology specialists have been recruited,
bringing along the latest technology and knowledge on both the material
side as well as the manufacturing processes side.
"With over two decades in Sri Lanka and over 2000 employees, Ansell has
been a key player in Sri Lanka's export industry for a very long time,"
said Sujatha Weerakoon Director General of the Sri Lanka Export
Development Board. "I am confident that the new R&D Center will
greatly help further establish the role of Ansell as a local business
leader while also benefitting the national economy."
BOI Chairman/Director General Dr Lakshman Jayaweera said: "I am very
pleased that a distinguished Australian company such as Ansell, which
has been a long-standing investor under the BOI, has opened an R&D
facility in Sri Lanka. Research and Development is an essential
component in any enterprise's production process and can influence
decisions to invest in a country. Furthermore, investments that develop
innovation sector such as Ansell's new R & D facility are also in line
with the strategic plan of the Government to transform Sri Lanka into a
Ansell product leadership is a result of ongoing investment to deliver
new market leading innovative technologies to serve customer demand for
high-quality products that seamlessly combine safety with comfort.
Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety
protection solutions that enhance human well-being.
With operations in North America, Latin America/Caribbean, EMEA and
Asia, Ansell employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and holds
leading positions in the personal protective equipment and medical
gloves market, as well as in the sexual health and well-being category
worldwide. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical
Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Specialty Markets and Sexual Wellness.
Information on Ansell and its products can be found at http://www.ansell.com
For further information:
Ansell News Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 1-732-345-2128