Forum for Woodworking Professionals
The 'Forum for Woodworking Professionals in Sri Lanka', an initiative
by global giant Häfele was inaugurated by a collective assembly of wood
working professionals to review and revive the local woodwork industry
with the assistance of international experts.
The program was held recently with over 30 leading Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEM) kitchen and furniture firms and nearly 80 guests.
The speakers at the inauguration were Colonel Ganegoda of the 6th
Engineer Service Regiment, CEO of Major and Specialist Constructors,
Brigadier Madura Wijewickrema, Deputy General Manager - Procurement and
Control, Sanken Construction, Anura Wijethunga, Managing Director,
Häfele South Asia, Jurgen Wolf, Chairman, Institute for Construction
Training and Development (ICTAD), Anura Dahanayake, Managing Director,
JAT Holdings, Aelian Gunawardana and Chairman, National Coalition for
Academic Service-Learning (NCASL) S.P. Liyanarachchi.
The forum served as a platform for local wood and wood-based
professionals to share their experiences and highlight common
limitations faced regularly in the industry.
Some of the key issues discussed and agreed upon was that despite the
current standard, knowledge, skills, infrastructure and financial means,
the local woodworking industry still fell short due to the lack of
coherence, proper technical advancements, and limited access to quality,
timely and alternative resources, and exposure to mature markets and
Sri Lankan wood working and associated enterprises are unable to
cater to high expectations in terms of quality, deliverables and
technical expectations of clients who have had exposure in international
Hafele with a global presence and 90 years of experience in the
woodworking industry, aims at providing solutions to limitations faced
by the local industry and improving the standards of the local
woodworking industry by sharing their experiences and exposure to
different international markets.