Much demand overseas for Sri Lankan rubber wood furniture
It is Sri Lankan Rubber Wood all the way to the Nordic states, Europe
and elsewhere as more and more foreigners take a firm ‘Grip’ on
state-of-the art furniture manufactured with local skills and expert
Down at a factory at Mattegoda on the outskirts of the city, a group
of men and women are busy turning out office and leisure furniture using
local materials and their own skills without copy books to meet a
growing demand both locally and abroad.
What is even more interesting is that the bulk of the overseas orders
are placed from Scandinavia which is currently the most sophisticated
furniture market in the world. This only goes to endorse the quality of
the Rubber Wood based products being turned out in large numbers by Grip
Furniture (Pte) Ltd.
And the man behind this success story at Grip Furniture (Pte) Ltd. is
Major (Retd.) Douglas L. Wijesinha who is the current Chairman of the
Company while his son Kamil Wijesinha handles the operation as the
The Wijesinhas have been in the furniture business for well over
three decades-starting off in 1979-where they first concentrated on the
local market. They upgraded their office furniture range with the
collaboration of Praxis Design Associates of USA. in the late 1980s.
Then, in 1995 with the backing and encouragement from The Ceylon
Chamber of Commerce and the NORAD funded Industrial Co-operation
Matchmaking Programme, with support from the Technical Institute (TI) of
Norway, Grip Furniture (Pte) Ltd.