Rhino affirms its contribution towards the local economy

● Exports 1,000 containers of roofing sheets to South Asia
● Awarded “Best Exporter” at 24 th Presidential Export Awards 2020/21.

Rhino, the nation’s leading provider of roofing solutions, marked the key
milestone of exporting its first 1,000 containers of roofing sheets to South Asian locations, in Colombo
on December 14, 2021. Hon. Minister of Finance, Basil Rajapaksa was the Chief Guest at the event
hosted by E.J. Gnanam, Managing Director of Rhino Roofing Products Limited with the participation of
distinguished guests, and the Senior Management of the company.
Rhino Roofing Products Limited was named ‘Best Exporter’, in the Value-Added Minerals Sector at the
recently held Presidential Export Awards 2020/21 hosted by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board
(EDB), cementing its standing in the country as a key contributor to the economy.
“Continuous self-improvement and investments in world-class technologies that add value to
consumers have made it possible for Rhino to reach this milestone and to contribute to the national
economy during such a challenging period. As a 100% Sri Lankan company, for decades our focus has
been on providing the best quality products to the market. Now we have strategically repositioned
ourselves to compete against global players, by creating demand for quality roofing products which we
supply”, Rhino Roofing Products Limited, Managing Director, E.J. Gnanam stated at the ceremony.
Chairman & Chief Executive at EDB, Suresh De Mel; Director of The Board of Investment, Pasan
Wanigasekara; High Commissioner of Pakistan (Acting) for Sri Lanka, Tanvir Ahmad; Additional
Director General of Department of Government Information, Milinda Rajapaksha; Director of Commerce
and Head of Trade Promotion at the Department of Commerce, G L Gnanadeva and President of the
Sri Lanka Pakistan Business Council, Somasundaram Deivanayagam, were among the dignitaries that
graced the occasion with their presence.
Suresh De Mel of the EDB presented a token of appreciation to Jude Fernando, Director, Rhino
Roofing Products Limited at the ceremony; in appreciation of the company’s achievements in the
category of non-traditional exports under his leadership.
“I am grateful to the support extended to us by the Minister and all state officials, as Rhino continues on
its journey to becoming a truly global company, committed to quality and to sustainable business
practices. I am also proud of the Rhino team who, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, enabled the
company to serve the Sri Lankan economy by boosting local manufacturing and reaching the export
market. We look forward to exploring new growth pockets in the global market for Sri Lankan products
and becoming a significant contributor to the export income of the country.” Gnanam added.
Rhino’s fortified production facility in Sri Lanka is well-equipped with world-class manufacturing plants.
The company uses state-of-the-art technology and premium quality raw materials in world class-
production processes. The company places a high priority on the environment, eliminating pollution by
completely recycling waste and conserving natural resources by reducing energy consumption. As a
socially responsible organization, Rhino has placed paramount importance on embedding sustainable
practices and community welfare into its business approach. Through the establishment of four pillars
of sustainability, ‘People, Product, Community and Planet’, Rhino has reshaped its business strategy to
create a platform for sustainable development in its journey to neutralize its carbon footprint by 2030.

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