Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama visited the high tech German engineering manufacturing plant Kramski Lanka (Pvt) Ltd at the BOI’s Katunayake Export Processing Zone.
The German Enterprise was established in Sri Lanka in 1993 and has been engaged as a BOI project in the designing and manufacture of advanced products utilized in complex engineering processes. Kramski Sri Lanka is celebrating its Silver Jubilee in Sri Lanka.
Kramski Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is part of the Kramski Group which is a German enterprise with branches in Pforzheim, Birkenfeld and Karlsbad in Germany, Largo in Florida USA and Vellore in Tamil Nadu India in addition to Sri Lanka.
Kramski Lanka Chairman Wiestaw Kramski, Vice President Mrs. Renate Kramski, Managing Director Andreas Kramski, General Manager in Sri Lanka Andre Rapp, Ms. Sabine Torres Kramski represented the company during the Minister’s visit. In addition Consul General of Germany in Mumbai Dr. Jurgen Morhard and Director General Indo – German Chamber of Commerce (Mumbai) Bernhard Steinbrucken were also present
Minister Samarawickrama was assisted by BOI officials M K D Lawrence – Executive Director (Zones), Mahinda Ramanayake – Executive Director (Investor Services), Ms Nilupul De Silva – Director (Promotion), and Dilip S Samarasinghe- Director (Media & Publicity).
The parent company, Kramski GmbH Pforzheim was founded in 1978 by Wiestaw Kramski. The Sri Lankan subsidiary Kramski Lanka (Pvt) Ltd was established on 9th June 1993 with a share capital of LKR100 million. It currently employs 350 staff and has projected sales of Euro 14.3 million.
Reflecting on his company’s Silver Jubilee as an investor in Sri Lanka. Mr. Wiestaw Kramski stated “Today after 25 years in Sri Lanka, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the people and organizations that have helped us to follow this prosperous path in Sri Lanka.”
He added “The BOI – Board of Investment was a great help. The location in Katunayake in the Free Trade area, Phase III was the right decision, as we have especially good conditions in this area close to the airport.”
Kramski produces components for many German and International brands including Blum, Bosch, Delphi, Roche, Sumida. Kramski’s products include combining connectors, connectors Tubes, springs, Flat connectors and many more. The company is also involved in Research and Development, Product development and Product design and process development.
In addition to this the Kramski Group are engaged in prototyping including Laser cutting, stamping and bending, overmoulding and Laser resistance welding. The technologies involved design and tool making such as stamping dyes and mould design samples.
Kramski is also involved in machining including the manufacture of parts that involve various types of carbide and steel.
The visit by Minister Malik Samarawickrama on the invitation extended by Mr. Wiestaw Kramski involved familiarization with some of the products made by the Company.
In 2007 Kramski Sri Lanka opened its own training center. “Up to now 86 young people have passed our training course. At the moment we have 20 apprentices,” said Mr. Kramski. The training course lasts 2 years and includes the lodging, pocket money in addition to the regular company benefits.
Mr. Kramski showed the Minister and the visiting BOI delegation the apprentice training center at the Katunayake Plant of the Company.
The visit also included one to the modern store room. Mr. Kramski stated about Euro 2.5 million worth of raw materials are stored under the best possible conditions to be used in the process of manufacture.
To celebrate its 25 years Kramski Lanka honoured 3 of its longstanding employees who had been with the Company since its inception in Sri Lanka. The German company also donated sums of money to the Ceylon German Technical Training Institute and also to several Charities in the country.
The visit to the factory in the Zone was an opportunity to see one of most advanced enterprises currently in Sri Lanka which maintains very high standards of manufacture and is a leader in technology.