September, 26, 2014
Having established a strong corporate focus on quality and reliability across its processes, Richard Pieris and Company PLC is one of the largest and most successful diversified business conglomerates active in Sri Lanka. Over the last 82 years, the company has grown to encompass a wide array of businesses across several sectors. Its main brand Arpico, is a household name and covers a wide variety of products and services including the production of top-of-the-line PVC Pipes and fittings utilized across the island. In a recent step forward on its journey to being Sri Lanka’s complete water solutions provider, Arpico PVC was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification, in addition to the existing certifications for SLS 147 for PVC pipes, SLS 659 for Fittings and SLS 935 for solvent cement.
Speaking on the accreditation and what it means to the business, Mr. Gayan Wickramaarachchi – Business Development Manager explained, “ISO 9001:2008 is the pinnacle world renowned system certification for the production process of a company. This certification ensures that quality management systems are in place, practiced and monitored throughout the production process – guaranteeing that customers receive the highest quality products. From a company perspective, it makes it possible for Arpico PVC to minimize wastage, production costs and ensure that these savings translate down to customers.”
Having obtained SLS certification since 2008 Arpico PVC pipes and fittings cater to a wide range of corporate, industrial and domestic uses. With a distribution arm of around 10,000 dealers island-wide, and a variety of pipes ranging from 20mm upwards, made of the highest quality raw materials, Arpico PVC understands the importance of exacting safety and quality standards.
Obtaining the ISO 9001:2008 also means that Arpico PVC has been proven for its adherence to a number of quality management principles, including a strong customer focus, strong leadership and management involvement, a solid process approach, investment in high end technology and skilled labor and continuous focus on improvement. With the RPC Polymers PVT LTD (Arpico water tanks) and Arpitech PVT LTD (Arpico mattress) factories already ISO 9001 certified, the company plans to forge ahead with plans to invest in expanding further into the highly demanding domestic and international markets.
About Richard Pieris and Company PLC: Richard Pieris & Company PLC, founded in 1932 is now one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates in Sri Lanka with an asset base of over 32 billion rupees. With its unique and acclaimed brand identity of “Arpico”, the Group which comprises 51 subsidiaries across many sectors, has touched the lives of all Sri Lankans over the last eight decades.
Richard Pieris and Company PLC is also one of the largest employment providers with an employee base of over 35,000 in the private sector. The company is a pioneer in super markets, plantation, stock brokering, tyre, plastics and construction industries. Richard Pieris & Company Limited is an unrivaled Sri Lankan institution, loved and trusted by all. Spanning across the nation, it has been able to reach urban and rural markets alike. Arpico, the primary brand name, has become an exclusive name recognized and respected, especially by being readily available across the island.
Photo caption: (From left) Mr. Lalith Wijesinghe (Director Manufacturing – Arpitech PVT LTD), Mr. Gamini Dharmawardhana (Deputy Director General – Sri Lanka Standards institute), Mr. Sunil Liyanage – (Managing Director, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Shantha Kularathne (Director Distribution, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Derrick Perera – (Head of Marketing – Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Sanjeewa Thushara (Finance Manager, Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector - Arpico), Mr. Duminda Perera (Head of Sales – Arpico Hardware Sector), Mr. Gayan Wickramaarachchi – (Business Development Manager –Arpico PVC), Mr. Tilak Premakumara (Factory Manager – Arpico PVC)