In a victory for both Sri Lanka’s environment as well as its corporate sector landscape, Swisstek Aluminium was recently awarded the GREENSL® Certification by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL), marking the assurance that sustainability is at the heart of manufacturing its entire range of aluminium extrusion products.
The GBCSL takes the process from extraction of raw materials to the end of the product’s useful life into consideration when certifying companies under this standard, ensuring that only brands with the highest commitment to sustainable practices are recognised accordingly.
In this regard, Swisstek Aluminium has also been taking several steps towards achieving more sustainable operations and setting industry standards; for instance, it completed a major solar panel installation at its primary factory last year, severely downsizing its carbon footprint.
Commenting on the company’s achievement, Swisstek Aluminium Chief Executive Officer Tharindu Atapattu stated: “Swisstek Aluminium appreciates that our efforts to make our operations more eco-friendly have been recognised at the national level – it is undoubtedly an honour. But at the same time, in the spirit of our business, we do not plan to stop here. Swisstek Aluminium will continue looking into ways to further ensure that Sri Lanka’s natural resources are preserved well into the future, and dispel the illusion that industry is tied to pollution. Our company has always maintained environmental friendliness as part of our greater vision, and we will continue to do so as we forge ahead.”
In addition to being a viable replacement for limited resources like wood that are used in buildings and furnishings, aluminium’s value as a sustainable product comes from how easily it can be recycled and repurposed once it has reached the end of its use – due to this, close to three-quarters of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
In a country like Sri Lanka – which lost around 13.2% of its total forest cover between 2017 and 2019, and is still seeing further deforestation – such alternatives will play a vital role in ensuring that our national development does not come at the cost of our natural heritage.
This ideal forms part of the foundation beneath Swisstek Aluminium, which seeks to maintain eco-friendly processes at all stages of its activities while steadily expanding within the industry, both locally and abroad.
Established in 2009, the company became the first aluminium manufacturer in Sri Lanka to receive the QUALICOAT - Sea Side Certification for Powder Coated Aluminium.
It is also certified under ISO 9001:2015/SLS 1410:2011, and most recently, the GREENSL® Certification by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka.
Swisstek Aluminium has proved its quality and reliability in many industries, such as Hospitals, Apartments, Supermarkets, and Hotels, etc. representing both the public and private sectors of Sri Lanka, in addition to international clients.