December, 7, 2017
Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, renowned for its luxurious and elegant porcelain tableware, unveiled its Signature Showroom, situated in the upmarket shopping precinct of Guildford Crescent, Colombo 07.
Located within walking distance of some of Sri Lanka's most visited landmarks, including the historic Independence Square and cultural icon the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Dankotuwa Porcelain's new luxurious store provides an upscale shopping atmosphere and unparalleled service unlike any other within the country.
The Signature Showroom displays the very best of Dankotuwa Porcelain’s fine Sri Lankan tableware and giftware, housing an array of modern and elegant products, thus giving
consumers, hotel business partners and design professionals a hands-on opportunity to experience world class tableware exclusively from Dankotuwa Porcelain. In addition to this, the Signature Showroom also houses global brands such as Lenox and Portmeirion, giving consumers a very special and unique international shopping experience.
Taking visitors, both local and foreign, on a journey into Sri Lanka’s ceramics heritage, the Signature Showroom features a section on the history of Porcelain to educate customers about the "Dankotuwa" story as well as its association with the local pottery traditions. Pottery in Sri Lanka goes all the way back to 500 BC, when the first local potters manned their wheels and came up with elaborate, artistic designs, directly inspired by their unique island surroundings. Sri Lankan-born Dankotuwa Porcelain has been instrumental in vastly expanding the profile of local ceramics and porcelain, taking it to truly global heights.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Chief Guest for the event, Rajan Asirwatham, Chairman of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, stated, “Our overall growth plan for 2020 includes several exciting initiatives such as this Signature Showroom aimed at taking the Group to new heights as a world class manufacturer of premium porcelain tableware. We are also in the process of transforming the Dankotuwa Porcelain brand, including adding in well-planned distribution strategies, to increase customer accessibility to Sri Lanka’s iconic porcelain brands.”
“With iconic local brands and reputed global brands under one roof at the Signature Showroom, I am sure that the Sri Lankan consumer will now have a memorable retail experience when shopping, satisfying their various tableware needs,” added Mr. Asirwatham.
Mr. Wasaba Jayasekara CEO of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC and his team have been working tirelessly to bring about the best offerings across a variety of segments, making this a truly international shopping experience. In fact, products on offer at the new Dankotuwa Porcelain Signature Showroom go beyond porcelain products, bringing in many complementary and supplementary offerings to delight customers.
A destination for inspiration and innovation, and positioned as a retail and cultural mecca, the all-new two-storied Signature Showroom additionally offers up gorgeous displays of modern and colorful porcelain designs from Royal Fernwood Porcelain. Supporting this initiative, Yoshan Fernando, Chief Operating Officer – Royal Fernwood Porcelain Limited and his team played a pivotal role in enhancing the store’s offerings by adding in the Royal Fernwood brand into the mix. Royal Fernwood Porcelain is a well-respected brand that has made significant headway in international markets and is considered to be more youthful and vibrant in comparison to Dankotuwa Porcelain, which is a much more premium offering known worldwide for its remarkable whiteness that radiates a sense of pristine beauty
The Signature Showroom brings to life the promise of design excellence and luxurious dining by consistently delivering a delightful shopping experience. Over the years, the Dankotuwa Group has designed, developed and mastered the art of producing innovative world-class tableware. This is mainly due to their focus on creativity, design and product quality, and the group is well underway to revolutionize the retail space in Sri Lanka considering these best in class sensibilities.
“Delivering a full-service shopping experience to our customers, and thereby helping them aspire to a higher quality of life, is what we are striving to achieve with the inauguration of the Signature Showroom,” commented Murali Prakash, Group Managing Director/CEO of Lanka Century Investments, the parent company of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC.
Mr. Prakash further noted, “Having launched Sri Lanka’s first lifestyle based porcelain store, encompassing not just retail shopping but also culture, Sri Lankans will now gain inspiring ideas and guidance for their very own luxurious dining experience. With its hundreds of beautiful products on display, as well as an inviting store layout and comprehensive design services, our Signature Showroom is truly a first in Sri Lanka. I am pleased to personally invite all our valuable customers to visit our store, and experience for themselves the luxury of international porcelainware, presented to them on a platter in a truly international setting.”
Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, a subsidiary of Lanka Century Investments PLC commenced its commercial operations in 1984. From superior glazing technologies, personalized designs and endless options, Dankotuwa Porcelain continues to create timeless and modern collection of porcelainware that expresses exclusive dining experience for every occasion.
Dankotuwa Porcelain is safe for all aspects of dining as raw materials used for white products are lead and cadmium safe [based on international standards such as ISO 6486 – 1:1999, ISO 6486 – 2:1999, ASTM C 738 – 94 (Re-approved 2016) and California Proposition 65 Compliance]. The company has the unparalleled distinction of being the first tableware manufacturer in Sri Lanka to obtain ISO 9001/2008 certification, thus maintaining high quality standards where products can be used in a microwave or a dishwasher.
Within the milieu of growth, the Company is currently in the process of qualifying for Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) Monitoring System accreditation, which demonstrates the Company’s commitment towards maintaining overall social standards while conducting its business.
Photo caption: Rajan Asirwatham, Chairman of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC opening the store.
Rajan Asirwatham, Chairman of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC handing over first purchase to reputed business leader Thilak de Soysa.
Dankotuwa Porcelain Signature Showroom