Ceylon Pencil Company wins Taiki Akimoto 5S Award
The Ceylon Pencil Company (Pvt) Ltd walked away with the Taiki
Akimoto 5S Award, organised by the Japan Sri Lanka Technical & Cultural
Association (JASTECA), recently at the Galadari Hotel.
This is the 15th year of the annual competition, with several
sectors, competing for the award. Ninety five entities comprising public
and private as well as manufacturing and service sectors, participated.
The first runner-up was Elastomeric Engineering Co Ltd, Horana and
the second runner-up was Wijeya Newspapers Ltd, Hokandara. Special
Awards of Excellence were given to the Ceylon Electricity Board Consumer
Service Centre. Lindula and the Sri Lanka Army's Ranaviru Apparels.
Awards were also given under small, medium and large enterprises.
Trade & Service Sector
Medium: National Blood Centre, Narahenpita
Small: Ceylon Electricity Board, Consumer Service Centre, Lindula
Large: Ceylon Pencil Company (Pvt) Ltd
Medium: Trischel Fabric (Pvt) Ltd
Small: Wijeya Newspapers Ltd, Hokandara
Small: Hatton National Bank, PLC, Kurunegala
Large: Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, Head Office
Small: Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Maradana MDF.
The chief guest was Managing Director of MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd.
Dian Gomes who had steered the company when he was the director of
Slimline (Pvt) Ltd, Pannala, a subsidiary of MAS, to win the award
consecutively for two years, at its inception (1996 and 1997).
He was thereafter asked not to take part, to give other companies a
Guests of honour were Minister, Embassy of Japan K. Shimakazi and
General Manager, AOTS, New Delhi office Yasumi Suzuki.
An audit had been carried out on the companies that entered the
competition to evaluate their implementation of the 5S concept.
Professor Seiichi Fujita was the head of the auditing team.
The 5Ss - Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke (Sorting,
Straightening / setting in order, Sweeping (cleanliness), Standardising,
Sustaining Discipline / Self Discipline) is a Japanese concept that has
gained worldwide currency as effective management tools.
In 1991, Vice Patron of JASTECA, Dayasiri Warnakulasuriya arranged
for Dr. Taiki Akimoto to conduct seminars on Japanese management
techniques, including the 5S concept to local businesses.
Many companies followed his teachings and implemented the system in
their work places.