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The seventh national Machinery, Technology and Services Exhibition called ‘SME 2012’ facilitated by Industry and Commerce, supported by the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, and organised by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and its Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (Project SMED), concluded last Sunday.
More than 100 exhibitors catering to SME technology in industry, light engineering, agriculture, fisheries, and livestock will be displaying their wares in Sri Lankan and Indian Pavilions.
Among the well-known Indian machinery firms such as Vikhram Hydraulics, Chass Engineering, Crystal Electric, G.K.S. Engg P. Jet Inks P, Pyara Singh & Sons, Shachi Engg P Ltd, and Shanti Boilers are taking part in this year’s show.
Among the well-known Lankan machinery firms such as Unilever, Browns & Co, Samson Industries, Micro Cars Ltd, Marbo Trading Co, A P I Machinery (Pvt.) Ltd., Dave Tractors (Pvt.) Ltd., FRP Technologies, MDH Fiber, AMW, Torento Engineering, Etisalat, Mytools (Pvt.) Ltd., CMC Engineering Gmbh, and Lanka Industrial Automation Solutions Pvt Ltd too will be taking part. Other key Lankan participants are the Rubber Research Institute, Sri Lanka Insurance Co, Industrial Development Board, Palmyrah Development Board and the Handicraft - Cheer Project. Among the banks taking part are HNB Leasing and Union Bank. The event, which will conclude on 25 August, also hosts –in parallel- a two day SME Forum (on 24 and 25 August), in all three languages. Among the topics discussed by subject experts are ‘Government policy and strategy for SME development’, ‘Role of the Ministry to protect in traditional and small enterprises’, ‘Role of the Ministry to develop industrial sector in SL’, ‘New technology for better productivity’, ‘IT applications for SMEs–SME tool kit’ and ‘Banking practices for SMEs’.