MAN TO MACHINERY TRANSFORMATION.
With the end of the civil war, infrastructure and port development have become focus areas for the Colombo government as it seeks to rebuild the country and tout Sri Lanka as an international maritime hub. The state is planning to spend US $3.7 billion in 2013 to revamp the country’s damaged infrastructure, a 20% increase from last year. Reconstruction has especially focused on the Northern and Eastern Provinces, which suffered the most from decades of heavy fighting. Sri Lanka’s proximity to prime international shipping lanes suggests the island could become a hotspot for global maritime trade. The Port of Colombo is one of the busiest ports in the world and a US $1.2 billion expansion project should be completed by the end of this year, growing container handling capacity by 300% and providing increased economies of scale that will benefit both importers and exporters. In addition to expanding the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka is also constructing a billion-dollar, Chinese-financed deep-sea port in Hambantota. Once the project is fully completed, the Port of Hambantota will be the largest harbor built on land in the 21st century and will tap into the major east-west shipping lanes used by 200-300 vessels daily that pass 19 km to the south. The shipping industry currently contributes 6-8% to Sri Lanka’s GDP and this should easily double in the next five years due to the port expansion projects.
The country basic infrastructure of roads, and communication have taken the lead, while providing the drinking water availability to schools and many homes in suburb. The building water reservoirs also have become the primary need after the civil war. I grew up in Sri Lanka and moved to USA in 1989 and lived in Westchester New York for the last 25 years and worked as District Sales Manager for Coca-Cola Co. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and at the same time to fulfill my life long dream of something that would help the needy and make a better place for those who never had an opportunity in life. I recently visited Sri Lanka and met many government members who were happened to be my class mates when I was young and saw the desperate need of transformation of technological and machinery usage instead of manual labor to meet the up coming demand.
I began the Salem KKHC Exporters (Komatsu, Kobelco, Hitachi, CAT) brands to compliment the parts availability of the country and particular focus was given to used equipment for price affordability as well as the technological set back of the technicians inability to deal with the more computerized machineries. I also appointed Tilan Auto Parts as exclusive agent who has been in the fore front of parts and construction equipment rental business for the last 15 years with extensive customer base in Sri Lanka. Our business strategy is to get the most affordable equipment that are just operational and create a new market segment for US old used equipment which would otherwise been wasted as salvages and scraps. I also saw the opportunity of the internet capability, social media, and SKYPE capabilities to do the business so effectively and certainly felt the world is at the finger tips. I have used the company slogan as
“ world is in your back yard” to emphasize this capability.
We are planning to launch our business plan concentrating only to North East and use the port of Elizabeth in NJ and Boston Port to reduce the logistics cost. The sole purpose of launching this business is to support the rapid infrastructural development of Sri Lanka to meet the demand and create a fair market share for US while pursuing a greater cause of helping the needy…
The more machinery usage is found for building modern irrigation Pipe lines and lakes to provide the drinking water to remote villages. More lakes are being built as major reservoirs in the areas of water scarcity. This would certainly helps to school children to have drinking water.
Manual labor is still the means of heavy construction due to lack of capital availability.
5% of the profits earned out of this worthy cause would go directly to build the schools in disadvantage areas through the New York and New England Buddhist Association.
Helping others is a noble cause and I am fortunate to be some one at giving end rather than receiving end.
Let’s make a better world ……with those who have the vision to make it………
MBA (USA), ACMA (LONDON), BSC. (CEYLON)
SALEM KKHC EXPORTERS