The Plastics & Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRISL), in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) and the Sri Lankan Association of Rubber Manufacturers and Exporters (SLAMERP), organized an online workshop of three very successful days. on technological advances for the manufacture of latex rubber products from November 26 to 28.
Since its inception six decades ago, PRISL has been at the forefront of training and education for the polymer industry in Sri Lanka, with a strong commitment to the reliability, consistency and visibility of industry.
The workshop topics were selected through the joint participation of industry professionals, in line with current and emerging global needs for gloves and latex products, which included:
- Excellent potential for the growth of the Sri Lankan rubber industry.
- Quality of centrifuged latex and its impact on the quality of soaked products.
- Environmentally friendly latex preservation systems to meet EU standards.
- Structural property relationship of synthetic networks and their applications.
- Control and troubleshooting of the manufacture of latex products.
- Optimization of the leaching process and efficient management of thermal energy in latex products
- Legal engineering and reverse engineering of latex products.
- Innovative and advanced products and global trends in the latex products industry.
- Robustness of the product in the manufacture of latex products. PRISL has been fortunate to obtain the services of some of the world renowned professionals and academics from Malaysia and India and our own local expertise.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the distinguished presence of SLEDB President Suresh de Mel, SLAMERP Director General Rohan Masakorala and PRISL President Kalyana Dhirasekera.
In their inaugural speeches, they reiterated the national importance of the collaborative efforts of SLEDB, SLMERP and PRISL to help the industry. Sri Lanka currently supplies around 5-6% of the global demand for gloves, which is expected to increase for the foreseeable future, and knowledge-sharing initiatives such as these will help improve the competitiveness of the industry.
In addition to the participation of large companies manufacturing gloves and other latex products in the country, a significant number of SMEs also participated in this workshop, which is a definite positive trend. It was very encouraging to have registered a total of 78 participants, which more than demonstrates the confidence the industry places in PRISL.
Another key part of the procedure was the opportunity given to some of Sri Lanka’s promising technologists and professionals to chair the sessions in order to develop their interactive leadership skills.
The continued role of the PRISL technical committee and administrative staff, who have worked diligently behind the scenes over the past five months to make this event a remarkable success, is greatly appreciated.